Monday, 29 October 2012


In his book ‘The Global Achievement Gap’, Tony Wagner, Innovation Education Fellow at Harvard University’s Technology and Entrepreneurship Center, identifies the “Survival Skills” he says students should learn in school for the 21st century. He gleaned those skills from conversations in which he asked business leaders about what they look for in employees.
Our research in Sheffield identified the same set of skills as essential for all young people. We have repackaged them as the Cutlers' "Made in Sheffield" Skills. These skills are:
  • Critical thinking;
  • Problem solving;
  • Collaboration across networks;
  • Leading by influence;
  • Agility;
  • Adaptability;
  • Initiative;
  • Entrepreneurship;
  • Effective oral and written communication;
  • Accessing and analysing information;
  • Curiosity; and
  • Imagination.

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