The Personal Skills Programme (PSP) is a learning programme that allows learners to develop the skills and behaviours needed to be better prepared for their next step in education or employment. The programme enables schools/organisations to cover elements of the core health and wellbeing aspects of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence and to teach and engage students with their community.
The impact of the Covid 19 crisis will make the return to school for 2020/21 difficult and the development of pupils’ personal skills is going to be more important than ever to help them cope and settle into a ‘normal’ routine.
We have adapted the Personal Skills Programme and added additional support to enable both face to face & social distanced delivery in 2020/21. Details of the support materials can be found here.
The PSP provides schools/organisations with their own evidence of the intent, implementation and impact of their curriculum design aimed at developing resilience and character in their pupils without creating additional workload for busy teaching staff. The award can be delivered through existing timetabled sessions or enrichment days.
It is accredited by SLQ, a regulated Awarding Organisation with over 35 years’ experience in building leadership and life skills in young people. The programme is delivered through three key themes enabling learners an opportunity to achieve five linked awards:
|Active Citizenship||Ambassador Award||10|
|Active Citizenship||Community Influencer Award||10|
|Progression||Skills Pathfinder Award||10|
|Progression||Skills Reflection Award||10|
Delivering the programme in schools/organisations
As part of the PSP, SLQ provides a set of comprehensive resources for tutors and a complete range of reporting and evidencing documents, designed to help track pupils’ progress and demonstrate their competencies and achievements.
The awards have the flexibility to be delivered as an entire whole school programme or to individual focused groups. The suggested delivery groups are as follows:
|Award (Theme)||Suggested School Year||Description|
|The Pioneer Award (Transition)||S1||Learners develop and demonstrate the personal skills needed to feel and be part of their new school environment.
Towards the end of their course, pupils work with their peers to create and deliver a ‘welcome pack’ for the next year’s intake.
|The Ambassador Award (Active Citizenship)||S2||
Learners develop the skills and behaviours in the Skills Framework through becoming an active part of their school community/wider community.
|The Community Influencer Award (Active Citizenship)||S3||Pupils deliver an event in an area of interest to
their school, encouraging others to participate
in their school community/wider community through the event.
|The Skills Pathfinder Award (Progression)||S4||Learners identify what they want to achieve
in their potential career journey and plan the
development of their own personal skills to
|The Skills Reflection Award (Progression)||S5||Pupils reflect on their personal and character development throughout their education/school life and focus on the benefits that this will give them in achieving their next steps.|
Through 10 hours of teaching time learners will create an effective portfolio of their abilities, providing evidence of their progression while developing character and personal skills. (Please note for 2020/21 delivery the Progression theme awards, aimed at senior phase, will only require 5 hours delivery.)
The programme was initially piloted with schools in England in 2019/2020 and we will be rolling the pilot out to Scotland for 2020/21 delivery. To find out more about how North Bromsgrove School (one of our pioneer schools) are delivering the Personal Skills Programme click here.
If you’d like to sign up to become a Pioneer school/organisation in Scotland click here.
Alternatively, if you’d like to receive more information about PSP or the awards which it contains, complete this form and we’ll ensure that you’re kept up to date.
The Personal Skills Programme is an innovative approach to developing skills in young people that helps them to realise their potential.