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Placing soft skills at the heart of community learning — West Berkshire Council

Summary

This Placing Soft Skills at the Heart of Community Learning  2017/18 Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA 3) project involved five of the unitary Berkshire authorities; West Berkshire, Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham and Slough (including Windsor and Maidenhead). They designed and piloted an impact tool to measure learners' development of soft skills at the start, mid-point and end of accredited and non-accredited adult and community learning courses. The tool was produced in visual and linear formats to meet the needs of different learners. Findings included learners positive recognition of the importance of measuring soft skills and returning learners preference for the tool over individual learning plans they used previously. Unfortunately, the case study does not include details of the content of the tool or how it was validated. The project was successful in creating a culture of collaboration and support among teachers to promote future joint working across curriculum areas and local authorities.

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