The Learning Skills Assessment Framework

Build the Academic Skills of a Life-Long Learner

Find out why this new concept is so important and how your school can use it to improve educational outcomes.

Learning is 'Learnable'

For children to excel in the classroom and life beyond school, they need to develop a particular academic skill set. The Learning Skills Framework outlines what these learning behaviours are and what they look like in practice. They can be regarded as both a mechanism and outcome of a successful education.

Create engaging classroom experiences.
Develop independent learners who can regulate their learning.
Enhance learning outcomes.
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What's in the Resource Pack?

What are learning skills?

These are the academic skills are central to generating subject-based knowledge. They include: Metacognition, critical thinking and communication skills. Building on these cognitive and behavioural competencies forms a solid foundation for attainment and sets children up for lifelong success. The badging system enables children to understand the importance of these skills and reinforces their adoption across whole school communities.

Download the overview

The Learning Skills are divided into four main sections. Using child-friendly language, they demystify what learning behaviours actually are.

Social Skills

1. Learning Together
2. Communicating Clearly

Cognitive Skills

3. Thinking it Through
4. Reflecting on my Learning

Creative Skills

5. Being Creative
6. Making Connections

Personal Skills

7. Staying Engaged
8. Building Resilience

Download the Creativity Checklist

This sample of the framework illustrates how teachers can monitor the development of Learning Skills.

“Learning is the new skill. Imagination, creation and asking new questions are at its core.” Sugata Mitra

"You can take the children who are not engaged and misbehaving and bring joy, understanding and purpose to learning."

Martin Howlett, MBE
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"‘There is not enough emphasis on skills right now in the UK education system. Two of the biggest skills are communication and collaboration, both of these are explained in the framework."

Prof Anne Bamford, OBE, Strategic Director for Education, Culture and Skills, City of London
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What do the experts think?

A team based at Cambridge University conducted a series of interviews with our early users. Their opinion has helped shape this movement into what it has become today.

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Are these 21st Century Skills?

Not exactly but there will be some cross-over. These skills have their routes in evidence-informed education and have been shown to advance academic attainment. For example, 'Learning Together' is based upon the work of Neil Mercer and his concept of 'Inter-thinking'. 'Reflecting on my Learning' is based upon the Education Endowment Foundations Metacognition guidance materials.

How do we use it?

The spreadsheet and guidance materials enable schools to track the progress of their pupils. The badges are used to give specific feedback to children when they have demonstrated progress in any given area.

How do these skills impact subject knowledge?

Academic knowledge is built when learners act upon or do something productive with the curriculum content. This might be explaining a concept to someone else or reviewing what they know in order to identify gaps in their understanding. These 'learnable' skills and behaviours develop the attributes of a life-long learner.

As a school, is this for us?

If you tick any of these boxes the answer is yes:
a) You want to develop a culture of active learning as you have concerns over classroom passivity.
b) Your school system has a clear agenda for developing children's ability to learn.
c) You don't 'teach to the test'.

Is it for primary or secondary?

Both. If you are in the business of learning you are in the business of developing learning skills and behaviours.

Our school membership offer means that your classrooms have the tools to plan, facilitate and assess classroom thinking.

Your School Membership

What do get in your school membership?

School memberships are calculated on the size of your school

£3 per pupil per year

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Learning Skills Assessment and Badges

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Thinking guides and Graphic Organisers

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Curriculum Support Materials

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Research Repository

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Weekly Cognition and Learning Newsletter

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Writer's Block Classroom Kits

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20 % off all products

Physical Cards

£5 per pack

Professional Development

Access to all of the of the CPD Modules and induction sessions

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Optional remote support sessions

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Various options available

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Interactive Guide Builder

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User Created Thinking Guides

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Research into Practice Journal

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