Preparing students for life and work by equipping them with the core and transferable skills, such as critical thinking, citizenship and communication, in the classroom and teaching them how to apply these to thrive in today’s world.
What will the new programme for professional development seek to address?
Every country in the world needs a high quality, inclusive and equitable school system that creates young people who are able to:
- live and work in a globalised economy
- use their knowledge, skills and values to contribute responsibly locally and globally
In order to do so, there is growing consensus that school systems need to develop young people with certain core skills and competencies (often known as 21st century skills or “Deep Learning” skills).
Those skills and competencies can be categorised thus:
- skills for living in, and contributing to, a fairer world: global citizenship and civic responsibility
- skills for working: collaboration and communication
- ways of thinking: critical thinking and problem solving
- key tools – crucially ICT literacy
Young people who receive this high quality education and develop these skills contribute to the future stability and prosperity of our global society.
What are Core Skills?
British Council consulted a range of stakeholders, drew upon research on the deep pedagogies framework and UNESCO’s transversal skills and then decided to focus on supporting teachers develop their pedagogy in the following six Core Skills: