About the Pupil Skills for Life Award
Academic success is one aim of schools, but preparing young people for life in an increasingly complex world is also important.
Children and young people deserve the opportunity to become successful learners, confident individuals and informed and responsible citizens who make positive contributions to their communities.
The Pupil Skills for Life Award offers a structured and supportive whole-school framework that enables schools to develop pupils’ life skills, and to set high standards of conduct.
Successful schools will embed a culture and ethos in which pupils’ personal attributes and attitudes can grow and flourish. These include:
- self-confidence and self-esteem
- self-discipline, responsibility and resilience
- pride in learning
- goal-setting and ambition
- good behaviour
Set high expectations for pupil behaviour and conduct, including punctuality and attendance
Plan so that knowledge and skills for personal development are embedded across the curriculum
Implement robust systems and policies that monitor and improve pupils' personal skills
External links and community partnerships
Engage with external professional organisations, local groups and parents to deliver events, visits and enrichment activities that motivate pupils about their future prospects and grow their confidence, responsibility and leadership skills
Promote positive attitudes from pupils towards their own learning, towards each other, and towards the wider community
Commit to high-quality, ongoing staff CPD so that all staff can build and support pupils’ personal development
Steps to Achieving an Award
Evaluate your current provision against the award framework.
Practical action planning
Work with the award framework to create and implement your school’s Action Plan.
Collect evidence to meet the award framework.
External review of the school's evidence against the award framework.
Receive your award and celebrate your school’s achievement!
Ensure that school improvement is sustainable and continuous.
for coordinators who prefer an independent approach
Create your school action plan
Access the Awards team for process support
Drive the process of collecting evidence and preparing for accreditation
for coordinators who prefer a supported approach
Work with an adviser to create your school action plan
Receive regular email and telephone support from your adviser
Check your progress with an adviser-led interim visit and report