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Skills Builder Partnership - Parental Engagement & Homezone

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The Skills Builder Partnership works to ensure that one day, everyone builds the essential skills to succeed: teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, creativity, listening, speaking, aiming high, and staying positive. While we work from nursery to retirees, parents and carers have a critical role in how to build these skills with their children. We provide the step by step journey to do so.
Tom Ravenscroft, CEO
'Parental engagement plays a vital role in essential skills development.' - Better prepared: Essential skills and employment outcomes for young people

Tom Ravenscroft, CEO


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200 000
Updated on May 22nd, 2022
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Why did you create this innovation?

As Covid19 began to disrupt schools, we considered ways to directly support parents and carers to work with their children to develop the eight essential skills at home. It is more important than ever to develop these skills during such uncertain times: to support children’s social and emotional wellbeing, their academic learning and to ensure they are best prepared for future employment.

How does your innovation work in practice?

School is just one part of the picture in terms of a child or young person’s skill development. Hobbies, interests, community connections and activities at home can all help to build the eight essential skills. With this in mind, we rapidly opened up an extensive suite of free to access resources on our platform Homezone, making available clear guidance, suggested engaging activities, fun challenges and effective tools to support the development of the skills a child needs now and for their future success. Parents and carers can access full guidance from the Skills Builder Partnership website about each of the eight essential skills, along with the Skills Builder Universal Framework, which underpins the work of the partnership to support an understanding of the skills and the progression in each skill.

How has it been spreading?

The Skills Builder Partnership brings together 800+ education institutions, employers and organisations around a common approach to building the essential skills. In 2020 we worked directly with 170,000+ learners through our education programmes. At the start of the pandemic we supported our schools and colleges to continue their skills building programmes by making resources accessible for online remote learning and promoting skill development in the home environment. Working closely with educators and by liaising with parent groups we have found there is an appetite to continue strengthening the links made between school and home over the last year. We are further developing resources and support for parents on Homezone to build on the success of the site to date.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Visit our parents and carers page on our website for information on why parents and carers need to build the essential skills with their child, where and how they can build them. Visit Homezone to access free resources and suggested activities. Learners 11+ can go to Benchmark and Launchpad to discover skill strengths and find interactive modules to support further development.


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April 2021
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Visit the Parent and Carers page at
Start building essential skills with your child at home by visiting our dedicated Parents and Carers page.
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Check out the Skills Builder Universal Framework
The Skills Builder Universal Framework shows how to build essential skills at every stage of life, including advice for Parents and Carers. Start using it today, for free.
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Visit Homezone
Everyone needs eight essential skills to succeed - whatever their path in life. We're providing a range of resources for building these skills in a home setting - all underpinned by the Skills Builder Universal Framework. Resources are available for learners of all ages.
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