Key Stage 3 Offer

Highfield School works with The Skills Builder Partnership to ensure every learner has opportunities to build eight essential skills to support them now and in the future.

Research has shown that building these eight essential skills can support the emotional wellbeing and academic success of children and young people, as well as preparing them for life beyond school.

Skills Builder has developed a Universal Framework that breaks each of these essential skills down into 16 teachable steps. We use this framework to teach and practise each of the eight skills at the appropriate level throughout school life.

Each half term a new skills area is worked on with students in preparation for life and work in the future

Autumn Term 1Teamwork and Leadership
Autumn Term 2Creativity and Problem Solving
Spring Term 1Speaking
Spring Term 2Listening
Summer Term 1Aiming High
Summer Term 2Staying Positive


At the end of each unit students are encouraged to assess their progression against the Skills Passport for that particular unit allowing them to understand their learning journey. This allows us to track their progress, get their feedback and record all the steps they are taking to improve that particular skill.

We then link these skills to a work place environment in Key Stage 4 and Post 16 through work experience opportunities and demonstrate how these skills are important as it helps them complete tasks, explore problems and create a range of solutions in the world of work.