This section provides practical guidance to help you identify the skills needs of the school as a whole and of individual staff.

Step one is to identify the skills needed to perform the various roles that contribute to the efficient running of the school. Step two is to look at whether the individuals in these roles have the skills they need to do the job effectively. You can then start planning how to address any barriers or gaps.

The Move On website includes ideas for presenting functional skills issues to staff in a positive way. Your local authority may be able to give you advice on training needs analysis. You can also look online for skills check tools.


  • Set your priorities: what skills development activities will most benefit the school?
  • Incorporate functional skills into skills audits and training needs analysis.
  • Make sure line managers are on board.