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Our Future Skills course develops pupils’ core thinking, critical reasoning and learning skills in preparation for 11+, 12+ and 13+ senior school admissions and scholarships.

The course constantly evolves, reacting to an ever-changing world. It is one of the many ways in which we support our pupils to face the challenges that the future holds for them, and to prepare them for a lifetime of learning.

In their Future Skills studies we ask pupils to focus upon their hopes, dreams and aspirations, and to consider what they need to do to achieve them. We teach pupils how to build their CVs and how the Beechwood Park Award and Leadership Through Service programmes link to future successes.

In Years 3 and 4, the emphasis is on developing skills whilst having fun. Pupils prepare presentations for a variety of audiences and participate in discussions, games and problem solving activities that are aimed at building learning power and developing communication skills. They consider their personal qualities, skills and interests before moving on to examining issues in the wider world such as events in the news.

From Year 5, pupils continue to develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, teamwork and communication. We also teach them how to tackle verbal and non-verbal reasoning questions, how to prepare for interviews and how to study effectively. Year 7 and Top Form enhance their study skills through workshops from an external provider as well as within their Future Skills lessons.

Pupils in Years 5, 6, 7 and Top Form have access to an on-line learning resource called Planet Bofa. They can use this resource both in school and at home and can complete tests at their own pace. Planet Bofa provides them with progress reports and next steps advice which we monitor to ensure we can make targeted interventions where necessary.

Future Skills links closely with our PSHEE and Computer Science curriculums where we also cover careers advice and guidance and computer skills such as touch-typing.