The Prerequisite Skills, or more commonly known as Q Skills, are an assessment resource to support teachers and classroom assistants. The skills described in the resource build towards Level 1 in the cross-curricular skills for Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT. The Q Skills provide a broad and inclusive framework for assessing learners, taking into account age, cognitive ability, learning difficulties and other significant complex needs.
The requirements outlined in the Q Skills for Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT align with the mainstream Levels of Progression and are broken down into five skill areas. These range from Experience (Q1) to Consolidate (Q5). Within each of the skill areas learners' progress can be demonstrated by moving through the Q Skills as well as decreasing levels of supports from adults within a skill.
The prerequisite skills (Q Skills) online training course is now available for all teachers of learners with special educational needs (SEN) who are building their skills towards Level 1 on the Levels of Progression. The course provides training on the Q Skills of Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT. It also includes advice for Assessment Coordinators and a PowerPoint which they may use for their own in-school training needs.
This course is available to all teachers in Northern Ireland and is an excellent way to get a quick refresher on what the thinking skills are and on how to use the SEN Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities framework within your school. There are also resources for coordinators to run a directed time session.