Developing and Accrediting Personal Skills and Competencies: Report and Ways Forward


01 April 2007

This report is the outcome of a review and consultation project commissioned by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) from Futurelab. The aims of the exercise were to:

  • draw together a review of current projects and initiatives which provide insights into different approaches to developing young people’s skills and competencies (broadly classified as ‘21st century skills’) through non-subject led approaches
  • identify how these different approaches might be developed and supported at a national level by QCA
  • make recommendations as to assessment and accreditation practices which could be used to promote and develop personal skills and competencies.

The project ran between January and March 2007 and comprised desk research, meetings and interviews with lead practitioners. Projects, practitioners and researchers were identified through recommendation and snowball sampling.