Cross-Curricular Skills at KS4

The Cross-Curricular Skills are:

These core skills allow young people to access knowledge. The curriculum emphasises transferring, applying and using these skills effectively. Teachers must ensure that they help pupils develop the Cross-Curricular Skills across the curriculum.


Communication is central to the whole curriculum. Pupils should be able to communicate so they can:

  • develop as individuals;
  • express themselves socially, emotionally and physically;
  • engage with others; and
  • contribute as members of society.

Teachers should enable pupils to develop skills in:

  • communicating meaning, feelings and viewpoints in a logical and coherent manner;
  • making oral and written summaries, reports and presentations, taking account of audience and purpose;
  • participating in discussions, debates and interviews;
  • interpreting, analysing and presenting information in oral, written and ICT formats; and
  • exploring and responding, both imaginatively and critically, to a variety of texts.

Using Mathematics

Using Mathematics is the skill of applying mathematical concepts, processes and understanding appropriately in a variety of contexts. Ideally, teachers will use relevant real-life situations that require mathematical thinking.

Teachers should enable pupils to develop skills in:

  • using mathematical language and notation with confidence;
  • using mental computation to calculate, estimate and make predictions in a range of simulated and real-life contexts;
  • selecting and applying mathematical concepts and problem-solving strategies in a range of simulated and real-life contexts;
  • interpreting and analysing a wide range of mathematical data;
  • assessing probability and risk in a range of simulated and real-life contexts; and
  • presenting mathematical data in a variety of formats which take account of audience and purpose.

Using ICT

Information and Communications Technology can transform and enrich pupils’ learning experiences and environments across the curriculum. It can empower pupils, develop self-esteem and promote positive attitudes to learning.

The creative use of ICT can improve pupils’ thinking skills, providing them with opportunities to become independent, self-motivated and flexible learners.

Teachers should enable pupils to develop skills in:

  • making effective use of information and communications technology in a wide range of contexts to access, manage, select and present information, including mathematical information.