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Skills

A skill is the capacity to do something very well, which is usually acquired or learned.

Skills are often used to perform tasks in everyday life, you‘ve probably got lots of skills you‘re not even aware of. Finding out what your particular skills are can help you think about what you’d like to study at school, college or University, or what jobs you’d be best suited to do.

Your skills are something that employers are interested in just as much as your qualifications and experience.

Basic skills such as reading, writing and communication are important for everything in life, so it’s essential to learn these skills to the best of your ability.

Key skills are considered to be things like maths, using computers and problem solving - these could also be called practical skills. Practical skills are things like cooking, gardening, DIY or playing a musical instrument.

There are also skills that we use in our everyday lives that describe how we relate to ourselves and other people, like communication, listening, negotiating, managing our time, dealing with our emotions and feelings.

When you are thinking about the skills you have it might be useful to think of them in those three categories, basic skills, personal skills and key/practical skills.

6 CommentsPost a comment

Commented 62 months ago - 16th October 2012 - 21:23pm

Its not 'some' young people that are home schooled, hundreds are!

Commented 62 months ago - 16th October 2012 - 21:26pm

It is not up to the LEA to scrutinise elective home education, it is the parents legal responsibility. If parents decide to deregister a child then local home education groups can offer support both socially and educationally.

Commented 62 months ago - 16th October 2012 - 21:40pm

"Some young people are educated at home or have private tutors but only if the Local Education Authority (LEA) is satisfied that the education is of a high enough standard."

This is totally wrong, you should check the law and the guidelines, very unprofessional.

Commented 62 months ago - 16th October 2012 - 21:58pm

"Some young people are educated at home or have private tutors but only if the Local Education Authority (LEA) is satisfied that the education is of a high enough standard."

The LEA has no such requirement or duty where children are Electively Home Educated. Please amend this website to abide by the law.

Commented 62 months ago - 16th October 2012 - 22:15pm

Just need to correct you about home education, you don't need permission. As said, it is the parents [or guardians] who are responsible for providing an education and most delegate this to school but if you decide not to send your child to school, obviously therefore, there is no need to ask permission of anyone. However, not all local authorities actually understand this or if they do, they might not make it clear that you have no need to ask for permission or be subject to the vigilance that they often say is required.

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Commented 62 months ago - 17th October 2012 - 11:02am

Thank you for your comments. They are valued and we are acting on them. You can also contact us by emailing info@cliconline.co.uk or calling us on 029 2046 2222.

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