Future Leaders Project: Teaching life and self-leadership skills

We all recognise the importance of life and self-leadership skills, but how do we teach them effectively? Elke Edwards offers some tips and introduces a new resource and competition that could help

What is the one thing you would like your pupils to leave school with? Go on, force yourself to choose just one. Confidence? A feeling of self-worth? A passion for life? Clarity around their future? Happiness? Self-belief? Communication? Resilience?

Now, a second question. How much time at school is spent directly focused on developing these skills? Not much? Any?

In a recent survey headteachers estimated it was between one to five per cent (Ivy House, 2020). They recognised of that many school activities would hopefully support the development of these traits but, when it came to teaching what confidence was, the difference between core and situational confidence, and how to nurture both, most readily admitted they didn’t.

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