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Are Your Interventions Working?: Measuring Motivation and Other Non-Cognitive Skills

We know that development of social and emotional skills underpins achievement and social mobility, but how can we know if what we’re doing is actually working? Rebecca Martin outlines some approaches to evaluating non-cognitive skills, making sure the support gets to the pupils who need it most.

Social and emotional skills, non-cognitive outcomes, soft skills—whatever you want to call them, they matter. Competencies such as motivation, self-efficacy, meta-cognition and conscientiousness have all been shown to underpin higher academic performance in pupils and lead to more successful outcomes later in their lives.1

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