Our new report shows that the exam results driven culture of the EBacc and new GCSEs and A levels is leaving less opportunity for students to develop digital skills, creative thinking, teamwork and other critical workplace skills.
How are schools developing real employability skills? is a piece of work we’ve collaborated on with Education and Employers and the National Education Union. We carried out a literature review of ten years work in this area and then spoke to employers to identify the 12 skills and competencies critical for the workplace. Then we asked over 600 teachers where in the school day students had the opportunity to learn and develop this skills.
Examinations were consistently at the bottom of the list of activities considered the best way for students to develop any of the employability skills. Work in the classroom was overwhelmingly seen as most beneficial to developing skills, with 94 per cent of teachers surveyed saying that the top five skills demanded by employers are fostered during the school day. Extra-curricular activities such as learning to play a musical instrument or sports, were rated highly for building communication, teamwork, creativity and confidence.