The PLTS component of the National Curriculum aims to develop students into more effective learners and skilful thinkers across the curriculum.

At Prospect we are seeking holistic learning, helping our students to make sense of the learning process, equipping them with a range of personal and study skills to help them perform and achieve at school and in their personal lives.

The ‘Personal Skills’ element of the course aims to teach a wider range of personal and social skills that will benefit our students in their learning and in life by focusing on:

  • Managing time and making priorities
  • Listening to learn, learning to listen
  • Enhancing memory skills
  • Working Cooperatively
  • Thinking positively
  • Being Resilient
  • Making good decisions
  • Communicating clearly
  • Self-assessment
  • Making it happen, achieving goals

Within the ‘Learning Skills’ element, we aim to teach students to become learners above and beyond any one subject area. Students gain skills to develop their capacity as learners across the curriculum by focusing on:

  • Planning, doing, reviewing (metacognition)
  • Managing impulses
  • Persisting
  • Taking responsible risks
  • Linking learning, past and present
  • How do I learn best?
  • Being independent and aiming high
  • Learning together
  • Learning is piecing together
  • Becoming and independent enquirer

The ‘Thinking Skills’ element aims to develop the cognitive processing involved in learning, helping students to develop independent, skilful thinking as they learn to select appropriate thinking tools to help them achieve. The element focuses on:

  • Higher-order thinking
  • Analysing
  • Evaluating
  • Questions and questioning
  • Sorting and sequencing
  • Causes and consequences
  • Feedback and feedforward

The elements of this programme combined are designed to develop our students into more independent, skilful thinkers with a selection of thinking tools to help them succeed and achieve in all aspects of their lives.