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Streetsbrook Infant & Early Years Academy

Learning for Life


Life Ready

Life Ready 

‘It’s about changing perception and opening the eyes of our children and young people to the world of possibilities that exist for them.’ Redraw The Balance, Mullen Lowe.


Life Ready's vision is to ensure that school leavers have the skills, knowledge and dynamism: 

  • To reach their full potential 
  • To meet the needs of employers
  • To contribute to the economic growth of the borough 


At Streetsbrook, we recognise the importance in starting early to ensure that children are fully prepared and excited for their futures, post education. Life Ready therefore underpins everything that we do.


We aim to inspire children about their futures by increasing their awareness and encounters with different careers and workplace environments. This enables our children to be exposed to a range of different job possibilities and challenge those gender stereotypes that are built from a young age. It also helps to give the children more of an understanding as to what different jobs involve and the key skills that are central to succeed and that therefore need to be developed from a young age.


There are ten key skills that are considered to be essential by employers and therefore help to make the children 'Life Ready.' The first three are related to 'Behaviour and Attitudes.' We aim to instil 'Determined,' 'Optimisic' and 'Emotionally Intelligent' mindsets within our children. The fostering of these attitudes equips children with the capabilities to become life-long learners, not giving up if they encounter a problem and recognising that this is when learning will take place.


The next seven skills are classed as ‘Employability Competencies’ and considered to be highly valued by employers.  These are: ‘Self-Management,’ ‘Team working,’ ‘Business and Customer Awareness,’ ‘Communication,’ ‘Numeracy,’ ‘IT’ and ‘Problem Solving.’  


Each half-term, staff plan a day off timetable that specifically teaches at least one of these Life Ready Skills. Combined with a range of additional experiences, activities and special days held at Streetsbrook such as Money Day and Sports Day to name but a few, we actively enable our children to recognise the importance of developing these everyday life skills.


Why not find out what skills have been taught so far this year by reading the webpages on each class page?