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Personalised, Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

One of our aims at Maltby Academy is that young people should become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. The development of Personalised Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) is an essential part of meeting these aims. PLTS have a considerable impact on young people's ability to enter work and adult life as confident and capable individuals who can make a positive contribution.
What are PLTS?

There are six PLTS:

Independent Enquirer

Team Worker

Creative Thinker


Reflective Learner

Effective Participator

How do we use them?

To ensure that PLTS form an integral part of our young people's learning experience we will be focusing on each of the six skills using a variety of teaching approaches at calendared intervals (initially) through our Y7 and 8 curriculum. Our aim is to ensure that students develop their skills for learning and apply them in all areas of their life. By recognising and evaluating the development of their skills we aim to equip students with the tools to allow them to make appropriate choices in learning and career pathways beyond Y7.

Year 7 and 8 students participate in 6 separate Skills Focus weeks throughout the year (one for each PLT). For example, for one week every department area within Y7 will provide students with the opportunity to practice and self assess their Team Worker skills. The aim is to ensure students apply these skills across the curriculum and within their wider learning experiences.