Manchester Healthy Schools attended the Skills for Life launch at the ETIHAD stadium. Skills for Life is a new City Council initiative developed from the Curriculum for Life pilot project which young people voted for in the annual Make your Mark campaign. The Skills for Life approach focuses on the development of five key life skills: 


  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Self-belief (Including positive attitude, resilience and motivation)
  • Self-management (including using initiative, being organised and being accountable)
  • Team work

Findings from the pilot project indicated that schools and youth settings want Skills for Life to be woven through existing projects as well as highlighting the importance of SEN specific resources, clear and consistent language to be promoted across Manchester and an online recording tool for children and young people.

The event was aimed at promoting the multiple and varied ways that schools and projects can work towards developing Skills for Life across Manchester.

The event was very useful and gave Healthy Schools the opportunity to promote the resources and support we can offer schools working towards promoting the Skills for Life.

Healthy Schools are keen to work collaboratively and in partnership with services to explore how the Skills for Life approach could work as an overarching principle and could help to weave services together.

The Skills for Life team will be developing new resources over the summer and will be shared next academic year.  For further information on Skills for Life contact natalie.dodd@manchester.gov.uk