Develop life skills

For younger children

For EYS and KS1, a song to help develop listening skills can be found here 

For information on how to support a child’s development of skills through play, this article from NiDirect can help.  

Barclay's LifeSkills hub for families has interactive learning resources to help adults teach their children (7-11) skills related to budgeting money, staying positive and building resilience, preparing for transition to high school, and understanding the difference between 'needs and wants'. 

For older children

Barclay's have a hub for young people hoping to develop their employability life skills. Called, LifeSkills, It's a great area for young people to look at skills they need for the workplace, to explore which careers are best for them, and to develop the confidence to gain skills to help them develop in life. They also have an area for families to develop life skills together, looking at 'wellbeing: dealing with pressure', 'developing a positive mindset', 'problem solving', and 'creating a standout CV'. 

For students with SEND

Life skills classrooms play an important role in preparing students with special educational needs and disabilities for independent life beyond school. A Twinkl blog collated various resources which explore a variety of interactive activities to make the life skills classroom a dynamic and enriching environment for students.

A page by Inclusive Teach looks at Encouraging independence in students with SEND which includes information and activities for parents and professionals.  

For adults 

Heart and Parcel (Women, ESOL & Dumplings)has moved online, offering (free) English and Cooking classes. Although aimed at adults who are new to English, the online cooking demonstrations look well worth your time, and you can catch up on previous evenings (all on You Tube videos) online here.

Barclay's Lifeskills also share modules for adult learners which have been specifically designed to provide an opportunity to increase confidence, motivation and gain new skills in relation to employability and financial capability. 

For schools 

Barcleys Lifeskills include resources for educators which include CPD, Support and Blogs to explore. Barcleys Lifeskills also have a wide variety of group lessons plans which consist of a simple plan and supporting presentation slides that can be adapted to suit most learning environments. There are lessons for all age ranges and specific lesson plans for care leavers and SEND/ALN pupils. 

Updated 06/02/2024