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Skills champions

Children and young people need to be proficient in eight essential skills to thrive at every level. These essential skills are:

ListeningPresentingProblem solvingCreativityStaying positiveAiming highLeadershipTeamwork

Listening: The ability to listen and understand information.

Presenting: Speaking about information or ideas.

Problem Solving: Finding a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

Creativity: Using their imagination and creating new ideas.

Staying Positive: Learning to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.

Aiming High: Setting clear goals and planning a route to achieve them.

Leadership: Supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal.

Teamwork: Working with others to achieve a shared goal.

These skills are about giving our children the resources to thrive in their childhood. To equip children for the future, we begin building these skills from the start of school and keep practising them.

The changing world makes them more important than ever. Our children will need to communicate well, solve problems, manage themselves and work well with others. These are skills employers and universities are looking for and will help throughout their lives. Some feel these skills are at least as important as academic achievements.

Sandown’s Career Café

In February 2020, Sandown held a Careers Café. We invited 20 volunteers each with a different job. They came and shared their skills and experiences with 450 children. Our visitors included a vet, police officer, paramedic, palaeontologist and a civil servant. Every child spoke to at least four professionals.

Sandown is very grateful to all the volunteers who made this a success. We hope to hold this event again.