Many people are asking what will happen to PLTS in the curriculum review? I think that, at the moment, schools are required to continue to teach and assess PLTS at key stage 3. However, the review, I expect, will concentrate on the content of a much narrower curriculum and schools will be given the freedom to develop the character, skills, and competencies of their students as they see fit. This might lead some schools into dropping the idea of assessing the skills development of their students entirely. This, I believe, would be a mistake.
With the CBI extolling the virtue of Creative skills, Anthony Seldon demanding that schools should develop children's character and research concluding that the importance of Teamwork and social learning in the workplace is increasing, this is not the time to cut our young people adrift from the very skills that they need, beyond their exams, to succeed in the 21st century.
But, are PLTS the way forward? They might be for your school, for other schools it might be the RSA Opening Minds curriculum, or Building Learning Power, the Curriculum for Excellence or one you have designed yourselves with your students' current capacities in mind. Whatever your approach, YesAssess are working on online solutions for your assessment needs. Get in touch today to discuss your skills assessment needs and let us design tools for you that can help your students compete in our challenging and ever changing world.