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Curriculum K: Teaching and embedding life-skills

How can primary schools embed the skills children need to thrive? Headteacher Ben Levinson shares how schools in The Tapscott Learning Trust tackle this challenge, focusing in particular on eight key skills

We all have different ideas of what exactly we define as key life-skills – whether that is literacy, financial knowledge, empathy, team-work or more besides.

What we can surely all agree on is that schools exist to equip young people with the skills they need to thrive outside education. By giving children the fundamentals today, they stand the best chance of remaining healthy and happy tomorrow.

Most educators agree that this is important. According to research in last year’s School report research, three-quarters of the UK teachers surveyed want to see the curriculum's approach to life-skills changed to better support pupils (Pearson, 2022).

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