Teaching the core skills

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Connecting Classrooms offers new training packages, giving teachers the knowledge & approaches they need to effectively integrate teaching of six core skills in the classroom.

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.


Developed by the British Council and leading education experts, the training packages introduce participants to new interactive approaches and techniques while helping them to develop practical activity plans for use in the classroom.


The core skills deep learning course is an essential part of the Connecting Classrooms learning journey. Teachers must undertake this in order to complete the learning journey. 


We encourage school leaders to complete the Introduction to Core Skills online training course

Learn online

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

Please note: you will require a Schools Online user account to access the training packages.

Learn face-to-face

Attend workshops in your area delivered by experienced local trainers. Face-to-face courses will be available in the UK and other countries from the 2015 autumn term.

Choose a training package

Learn more about each of the core skills featured in the training packages.

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.

Complete an online core skills course

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Enhance your understanding of core skills education methods on our flexible online courses for teachers and school leaders.