Skills Activities

CEF Category Long Skills

These activities are suggested for each key stage as a means of securing the appropriate skills and experiences for the Skills category of the employability framework.


  • Give time for children to pursue their learning without interruption, to complete activities to their satisfaction, and to return to activities.
  • Provide experiences and activities that are challenging but achievable.
  • Involve children in drawing or taking photographs of favourite activities or places, to help them describe their individual preferences and opinions
  • Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others.

Key Stage 1

  • Make and sell items to raise money.
  • Keep simple financial record e.g counting money

Key Stage 2

  • Plan a budget to purchase stationary resources for a class
  • Plan a budget to purchase resources for mini enterprise

Key Stage 3

  • Young people develop a better understanding of the skills, knowledge and qualifications required.
  • Problem solving
  • Emotional Intelligence.
  • Budgeting.

Key Stage 4

Take part in a range of work related activities

  • Site visits
  • Volunteering
  • Industry Day
  • Employer led
  • Interview workshops

Key Stage 5

  • Successfully apply A level or Vocational concepts as part of required assessments
  • Demonstrate L2+ literacy and/or numeracy skills in a range of appropriate contexts

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