Julie Tan

Core skills, otherwise known as 21st century skills, introduces young people to new ways of working, thinking, and living in a global world. Developing these skills will help young people grow into creative and critical citizens, ready to shape the future for themselves and future generations.

The Core Skills Training is a four day professional development course for teachers and school leaders which includes both workshop style learning and practical school-based activities incorporating the core skills elements. 

Delivered by validated Core Skills trainers from the British Council in Malaysia and the Institut Aminuddin Baki in 2016 - 2018, the specific focus was on ‘Leading the Core Skills’ (for School Leaders) and ‘Critical Thinking and Problem Solving’ (for Teachers).

The Core Skills training is part of the Connecting Classrooms global education programme which focuses on integrating a range of core skills into the curriculum, through professional development (face-to-face and online courses), professional partnerships and classroom resources.

Building on the deep pedagogies framework and UNESCO’s transversal skills, and in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders across our networks, the British Council is championing the development of these core skills and competencies by supporting school leaders and teachers to develop their pedagogy in the following areas:

School Leaders:


 For more details on Core Skills and to sign up for the online training packages, please visit our British Council Connecting Classrooms website.  


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