Core skills 1
Core skills 1


We believe that the most productive way to invest in our shared future is to prepare every young person for their future in the best possible way. Qualifications and knowledge remain important but are no longer enough to secure a successful future. Rather, young people need and deserve the opportunity to grow into well-rounded, creative and critical citizens, ready to engage with labour markets and shape the future for themselves and future generations.

Cores Skills is the British Council’s contribution within these work areas in schools that addresses these issues through bringing together international thinking and practice in core skills and competencies for teachers and school leaders.

The British Council has conducted in-depth desk research to identify the most pertinent key skills from the literature and have developed our own list of six core skills, as follows: 

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Collaboration and communication 
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Citizenship
  • Digital literacy
  • Student leadership and personal development 


Please contact Van Tran, Society and Development Officer at to register for face-to-face training courses or find out more information about online training courses on Core skills website