We live in a time of tremendous knowledge acceleration and education systems around the world are acknowledging that young people need skills, not purely knowledge to survive and thrive in the fast-changing 21st Century. In the future, the ‘soft’ skills like creative thinking, team working, independent learning and self-management will be the hard currency of life. But what does getting better in these skills look like?
Excite is at the forefront of these debates internationally. We have advised the British and Lithuanian Governments on the assessment of skills and have supported numerous schools to develop personalised tools to assess and track pupil progression in personal skills and capabilities. Some of the tools developed are student-led, some are teacher-led, some are ICT mediated, some are based on rubrics, some are pictorial and they all have different ways of gathering evidence of skill development from across the curriculum.