Tom Ravenscroft, CEO
The Skills Builder Partnership - Education
HundrED shortlisted this innovation
Why did you create this innovation?
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. These are the skills that underpin social and emotional learning. However, there is still a gap - affecting academic, life and employment outcomes.
How does your innovation work in practice?
The Skills Builder Universal Framework underpins the education work of the Skills Builder Partnership. For educators, the Framework can be used to support children and young people to understand their existing skills, see what progress looks like, join the dots and capture success.
Tools like the Skills Builder Hub use the framework to support educators to explicitly teach and assess the essential skills with learners of all ages. Flagship programmes like our Accelerator support schools and colleges to embed the framework and Skills Builder Principles. We provide training, support, tools and resources for educators, and have real impact for the learners.
In 2020, over 400 schools and colleges were supported on the Accelerator, with 96% of Skills Leaders believing that the curriculum had a medium or high impact on their school and 82% of staff feeling more confident in building essential skills. We support institutions to embed sustainable strategies to achieve long-lasting change.
How has it been spreading?
The Skills Builder Partnership brings together 800+ education institutions, employers and leading organisations around a common approach to building eight essential skills. Central to our approach is the Universal Framework, a set of underlying principles and a complete suite of tools and teaching materials. In 2020, we worked with over 170,000 learners directly through our Accelerator programme and over 200,000 through the wider Partnership.
In 2021, we are excited to pilot the Global Accelerator - our new programme for educators worldwide. We will also continue to develop our tools to support social and emotional learning. The Partnership will continue support new employers and impact organisations - leading best practise in essential skills development.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
If you want to find out more, then visit our website for more details about our approach and programmes, as well as the full Universal Framework. You can also sign up for our free monthly newsletter for the latest news across the Partnership.
If you want to explore our tools and resources, sign up to the Skills Builder Hub, Benchmark and Launchpad platforms for free via our website.