RGU Aberdeen

Meta Skills

Meta-skills are innate, timeless, higher-order skills that create adaptive learners; able to succeed whatever the future brings.

From birth, children use and develop meta-skills as they test and explore the world around them. They provide the keys to unlock the acquisition of other transferable and technical skills. As children and young people progress through their education, it is essential that practitioners nurture and develop their meta-skills so they can navigate a world which is increasingly complex and unpredictable. The learning environment should make meta-skills explicitly visible for all learners and create opportunities for them to recognise, understand, articulate, and record their skills development.

Skills Development Scotland - Meta Skills Poster (PDF)