Beyond the attainment gap: widening opportunities to develop social and emotional skills

Making eye contact, projecting confidence and managing emotions are skills that are important for success in all areas of life, and are crucial for social mobility. Emma Sutherland shows how a new initiative by Nesta is supporting the development of these skills for students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to develop them.

In recent years, social and emotional skills have risen to prominence in the global education agenda and become a focus for international organisations like the OECD. In addition to being important for wellbeing and achievement at school, research has linked social and emotional skills with both long-term life outcomes and the future of work.1 For disadvantaged students, they are also key to social mobility. 2 

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