Eleanor Busby

Soft skills get the hard SEL as Pisa weighs up new table

Social and emotional learning could be ranked by country, but not all are convinced by the new measure

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Measuring pupils’ self-esteem, empathy and resilience can be fraught with difficulty – but now there are calls for these “soft skills” to feed into international rankings. This is despite warnings that some countries could be assessed on values that are alien to their culture, or are simply not a priority – for example, territories in which there may be 100 pupils per teacher.

Some even fear that international assessments could harm children with social and emotional difficulties. However, countries across the world are taking the teaching and learning of social and emotional skills more ...

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