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Skills Academy sample resource - freestyle football

Added 13 Apr 2018
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Skills Academy is a 10-week programme that helps secondary school students improve their literacy skills, focusing primarily on comprehension. Each of the 10 weeks has a carefully designed lesson plan focusing on a national curriculum-based comprehension goal.

To date, Skills Academy has helped 1 in 3 participating students in Years 7 and 8 improve their reading age by an average of 11 months in just 10 weeks, rewarding their reading progress by teaching them exciting freestyle football tricks. A new version of Skills Academy launched in November 2018, funded by Clarks, and now includes an additional beatbox and breakdance module.

This PowerPoint is the first in the series of 10 and will demonstrate how to run the freestyle football module of Skills Academy in your classroom. It includes suggestions for activities and extracts from popular books including Keeper by Mal Peet.


Schools can buy Skills Academy for just £100. Schools will receive a collection of books, fun resources and 10 curriculum-linked PowerPoint lesson plans which focus on improving five core reading comprehension skills: questioning, clarifying, summarising, predicting and inference. Schools will also get the chance to attend events with exciting children’s authors, and receive a year’s free membership to the National Literacy Trust.