Leading the core skills

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Connecting Classrooms is offering two new professional development training packages for school leaders to support them with introducing and embedding core skills across the curriculum.

Core skills, sometimes referred to as deep learning skills or 21st century learning skills, are the essential skills young people need to be fully prepared for life and work in a global economy.


The training packages give school leaders the tools and approaches they need to ensure effective core skills provision in their schools, including strategies for planning, monitoring and improving teaching and learning and for mapping core skills across the curriculum.

Learn online

Use the online training hub to learn at your own pace and when it suits you.


The training package ‘An introduction to core skills for leaders’ is available now. (Please note: you will require a Schools Online user account to access the training package).

Learn face-to-face

Attend workshops in your area delivered by experienced local trainers. Face-to-face courses will be available from 2016.

Choose a training package

‘Leading the core skills’ comprises two training packages.


An introduction to core skills for leaders

Learn about the six core skills, how they apply to real life and why they are essential for students. Discover tools for assessing the provision of core skills and develop strategies for embedding them effectively within your school and within the curriculum.


Leading the core skills

Discover successful leadership practices to help you integrate and embed the core skills across your school’s curriculum. Learn how to lead curriculum change at school, see international examples of effective curriculum development, and understand how to align curriculum development with school priorities and staff professional development.

The core skills

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Find out about the six essential skills for students.

Connecting Classrooms

Learn more about the new Connecting Classrooms programme.