How Do You Develop The Essential Skills For Learning And Life?

Learning & Life Skills is a research-based approach designed for schools to ensure that every pupil develops the essential skills for learning and life. It intentionally and systematically develops pupils’ personal learning and life skills (PSHE) alongside subject learning and thus also supports ‘readiness’ for the next stage in their education.

Learning & Life Skills promote pupils’ ability to learn independently, which results in increased motivation, raised standards and accelerated progress.


What Is It?

The Learning & Life Skills Learning Units and training for teachers provide the structure and support required for successful implementation and the consequential high impact on learning and teaching.

The Learning & Life Skills Framework contains a progressive bank of ‘I Can’ statements from Early Years Foundation Stage to the end of Key Stage 2.

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'“Pupils demonstrate extremely mature attitudes to learning at all times. They understand and can talk fluently about the characteristics of a successful learner. Moreover, they can give examples of when they used these characteristics to help them overcome obstacles to their progress. This approach means that pupils develop independence and resilience. ……In this way, they have developed a strong sense of responsibility for their own learning. This strong and secure personal development has a profound impact on the academic progress they make”

– OFSTED Report, St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, Bristol September 2016

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What Are The Learning & Life Skills?

  • Learning Together
  • It’s Up to Me
  • Becoming Better Learners
  • Knowing Me, Knowing You
  • Think, Think, Think!
  • Speaking & Listening
  • How Do I?

What Does Learning & Life Skills Contain?

  • Learning Units for EYFS, KS1 and KS2
  • Learning & Life Skills Framework
  • Process to audit pupils’ skills
  • Approaches to develop a common learning language
  • Practical learning activities to support the development of skills
  • Activities and Teacher Guidance improving links between LLS and PSHE

What Support Is Available?

  • A choice of training options
  • Headteacher planning session
  • Senior Leadership school implementation/change management training
  • Training for teachers in classroom implementation
  • Implementation progress audit
  • Display materials