This module offers an introduction to six deep learning skills identified as essential to the development of individuals ready to take on the challenges of today’s globally interconnected world. It explores practical teaching approaches to enable the introduction of these skills in the classroom. 

The programme draws on evidence and models of effective school leadership, curriculum development and continuing professional development (CPD).

A core concept is the importance of CPD in curriculum development. 

An Introduction to Core Skills and Leadership Development will introduce leaders to the concept of Core Skills and why they are important, and equip them with the leadership skills to lead change in their school. It will follow the two day plus one day structure, and includes an in-school phase. This course is a mixture of the content from the original intro course for leaders and some of the enabling modules.

This programme will focus on four features of citizenship, exploring how they interrelate and how citizenship values, understanding and skills can be developed in school.

Communicative and collaborative skills are vital for the purposes of obtaining, sharing, creating and disseminating information, knowledge, opinions, skills, values and ways of thinking and seeing. Whether it is in the classroom, in the playground, in the home, in the neighbourhood, in the place of worship, or through TV and the Internet, children and young people spend a huge amount of their time building and sharing knowledge, identities and experiences through communication and collaboration. 

Creativity and imagination are essential human capacities. They enable us to express thoughts, feelings and aspirations. They help us to fashion our ever-changing culture. They underpin scientific and technological development. They drive forward our economies and our social development through entrepreneurship. And, they enable us to contribute fully as citizens in a fast changing world.

Reflecting critically on learning experiences and processes, and making effective decisions by avoiding common pitfalls, for example seeing only one side of an issue, discounting new evidence that disconfirms your ideas, reasoning from passion rather than logic, and failing to support statements with evidence.

Digital technologies are increasingly pervading all aspects of our lives. 

As they do, it becomes increasingly important for individuals to not only understand how they might utilise technologies effectively but also to be able to critically evaluate the digital content they encounter and understand the purposes for which it has been developed. 

The concept of leadership and management is often blurred and teachers can fall into the trap of becoming learning managers, as opposed to learning activators or leadership facilitators. 

Young people learn most when they have to teach others and cooperate, however this carries a high risk for the adults involved as it means being open to unknown possibilities.

Leading the core skills gives school leaders the tools and approaches they need to ensure effective core skills provision in their schools, including strategies for planning, monitoring and improving teaching and learning, and for mapping core skills across the curriculum.