The Personal Skills Programme (PSP) is a whole-school learning programme that allows learners to develop the skills and behaviours needed to be better prepared for their next step in education or employment and helps the school to deliver the requirements in the OFSTED framework.

PSP offers schools a series of qualifications from SLQ, an Ofqual accredited awarding organisation with over 35 years’ experience in building leadership and life skills in young people. To support the delivery of the three awards which make up the PSP, SLQ provides a complete range of reporting and evidence documents, as well as comprehensive resources for tutors, designed to help track pupils’ progress and demonstrate their competencies and achievements.

Our Personal Skills Programme offers accredited learning and certification for learners across secondary education (Years 7-11), consisting of three separate awards, with the flexibility for schools to either offer the entire programme or individual awards:

  • Transition Award (Year 7)
  • Active Citizenship Award (Year 8 & Year 9)
  • Personal Skills [Progression] Award (Year 10 & Year 11)

These awards have the flexibility to be delivered as an entire programme or as individual courses, applied to specific year groups. The three awards that make up the Personal Skills Programme are as follows:




Transition Award


Year 7                   

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.
Active Citizenship  Award Year 8 Learners develop the skills and behaviours in the Skills Framework through becoming an active part of their school community.
They identify and explore an issue that is important to your school's environment, delivering an awareness-raising campaign to peers.
  Year 9 Pupils deliver an event in an area of interest to
their school, encouraging others to participate
in their school community through the event.
Personal Skills [Progression] Award Year 10 Learners identify what they want to achieve
in their potential career journey and plan the
development of their own personal skills to
accomplish this.
  Year 11            Pupils reflect on their personal and character development throughout their 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. This provides schools 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 award can be delivered through existing timetabled sessions, enrichment days or tutor time.

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