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What does a good education give you? A store of useful facts needed for navigating the world of work? A set of flexible skills to manage change in an uncertain future? Educationalists and politicians argue to and fro between knowledge and skills. Truth be told a good education gives you both: one (knowledge) giving the other (skills) contexts to develop.
Research from NTL indicates that learners remember more effectively when they can use skills to access, process and express their knowledge. Findings indicate that teaching and assessing someone else is deemed more effective than listening to a lecture (though of course we do need to get the knowledge in the first place before we can teach it to someone else). If this is true then it's a good rationale for skills based learning: teaching and assessing one another needs planning, group work, creativity, enquiry, evaluation and self-confidence. Listening to a lecture calls on only listening and maybe note-making.
Skills-based learning provides classroom environments where independence, thinking skills, collaboration and active learning are developed at the same time as knowledge is acquired.
There is a very small yet very significant change in mindset needed if you want to be a skills-based educator. Traditionally we teachers look at our knowledge curricula then choose activities we think will best pass on that knowledge, The activities happen to require certain skills.
To become skills-based we flip it. Our curricula describe a progression of skills and the knowledge we select, upon which we bring these skills to bear, is secondary. No longer do we think, "What activity shall I use to teach them about fractions". Instead we switch it to, "Would fractions be a good context for them to develop resilience and perseverance?"
Whatever the content of my training (creativity, boys' learning, G&T provision, leadership etc.) I design in opportunities for skills development including team work, independent enquiry, self-evaluation, problem solving, time management, effective communication and critical/creative thinking.
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A clear and graphically rich presentation of the key features needed for a future-facing education. Includes thoughts and activities around collaboration, emotional intelligence, digital learning, motivation, questioning and feedback.
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