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Teaching and Assessing Core Skills

Develop your ability to teach core skills and learn how to measure your students' core skills development.

Teaching and Assessing Core Skills

Help your students succeed by building their core skills

Employers are demanding higher-order cognitive skills from their workforces, so it’s crucial that young people have access to education that supports the development of core skills to help them succeed.

This course will guide you through how to capture student achievement and plan progression in core skills. You’ll work through examples of how this can be carried out in the classroom with opportunities to practice these new techniques in your own context.

Understand how to break down teaching core skills

On this course, you’ll learn the Skills Builder approach which breaks down core skills into manageable steps. This approach will allow you to target and understand students’ progress over time.

You’ll also learn the six principles of building skills to give you a simple conceptual framework for building students’ key skills that you can put into practice in your school environment.

Develop an action plan for embedding progression in core skills

Once you’ve mastered the principles, you’ll build an effective project to support the progression of core skills in your own school. You’ll then share, review, and refine this project with other learners on the course and with support from the course educators.

Reflecting on common challenges and solutions is vital, so you’ll share what has worked well before creating an action plan for how you’ll continue to build the core skills of your students.

Learn from the experts at the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. They have created this course to give you the tools to help students build their core skills. Being able to develop cognitive skills such as leadership, critical thinking, and collaboration, will help them succeed in the future.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introducing the core skills and why they matter
  • Exploring the Skills Builder framework
  • The principles of teaching and assessing core skills
  • Developing an action plan to build the core skills of your students

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the core skills and why they matter
  • Develop a theoretical understanding of how core skills can be broken down to support progression
  • Explore the principles that underpin effective core skills teaching and how they can be applied in your school environment
  • Assess your students’ existing skills and plan next steps
  • Reflect on your students and school context to put together an action plan to support progression in core skills

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at teachers and school leaders looking to build their students’ core skills. The course does not require any previous knowledge of core skills.

What software or tools do you need?

This course references resources from the Skill Builder Hub.

To participate fully in the course, Learners will need to register for a Hub account

Registration is free and all of the resources referenced in the course are free to access.

Who will you learn with?

I've been an EFL teacher for more than ten years. I studied English literature for my first degree at University of Brighton and then a Master's in Applied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge.

Who developed the course?

British Council

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million people overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.

UK Aid

UK Aid Direct is a programme currently changing the lives of over 4 million of the world’s poorest people with UK aid from the UK Government.

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  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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