Ready for future challenges? The 7 educational pillars of O Castro British School

What will happen tomorrow? If the question was already universal when there was no pandemic, now that it has turned everything upside down, the question is almost a howl.

According to 23rd Infoempleo Adecco Report: Job supply and demand in Spain, the pandemic has reduced the labour supply in this country by 70%. For the moment, the positive thing is that we are all demonstrating our great capacity for adaptation and resilience. And that resilience is already bringing changes not only in our living and consumption habits, but also in work, in business and, of course, in the way we prepare our students. There is a certainty that we must improve and reformulate our work skills as well; in other words, we must reinvent ourselves. That is why it is important to anticipate the new needs that will arise in the field of work. A future that the experts set for 2025, i.e. right now.

Training and knowledge in digital spheres is important, but so is, and will be even more so, the development of other types of skills, which are what CEO coach expert Daniel Colombo described in El Cronista: soft skills. We could define them as compassion, solidarity, empathy, creativity, innovation, love and feelings, everything that machines are not able to reproduce or replace us with.

All the signs are that as we struggle to overcome a pandemic and an economic recession, the character of leaders will matter as much as their skills. From 2021, leadership will be a competitive advantage.

Knowledge and wisdom, but the difference will be made by soft skills.
In the future, the best prepared students will be those who acquire from childhood skills and attitudes such as:

– Flexibility, adaptability and resilience, and continuous learning
– social and environmental awareness; respect for the common good
– Skills to build relationships, communicate and collaborate across borders
– Scientific, mathematical and technical competence
– Rigorous and independent critical thinking
– Powers of innovation, invention and creativity
– Communication, influence and leadership

These elements of the education of the future are present at O Castro British School. Values education is a fundamental pillar for the academic, social and personal development of pupils at all stages of education. We strive to develop our pupils’ emotional awareness from an early age, instilling good habits that promote self-discipline, respect and companionship. To acquire knowledge, our pupils need to have self-discipline, be able to obey rules and instructions, be positive and show determination.

We are not the only ones who say this; Rocío Millán, director of organisation and solutions at the Spring Professional consultancy firm, is of a similar opinion: “If machines are in charge of manufacturing processes and other routine jobs, the person who operates them must have critical and analytical thinking and a capacity for innovation that leads him or her to make the best decisions. It is this creativity and innovation that drives managers, but also any other worker, to understand and adapt to changes in the marketplace.

Leadership will also be a highly valued quality in companies. It will not be enough just to manage resources and tasks, but to know how to influence people to motivate them and bring out the best in them when problems arise. It is also essential for them to be able to override their own negative thoughts and have the self-confidence to achieve their goals. This is where emotional intelligence comes into play, being able to understand these negative emotions and manage them in order to neutralise them.

Knowing how to understand the changes that are coming and not collapsing in the face of obstacles will make the difference with other workers. That is why it is also important to understand the need to recycle oneself, to continue training. This is known as reskilling.

Skills and attitudes but also education becomes the channel of knowledge. Occupations related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), as well as professional roles in business management and legal affairs could grow by more than 20% in the next decade, according to the study The future of work in Europe, carried out by the consultancy firm McKinsey Global Institute, one of the pillars of our present education.

At O Castro British School we believe that our students will only succeed in the world of tomorrow if they are prepared for the challenges they will face. Our mission is to prepare each student to become a global citizen who can shape the world. In addition to providing an excellent education, we ensure that our students develop character, learn skills and develop abilities beyond the purely academic. Our students have a voice and we empower them to take action and help build a more equitable, just and sustainable world.

15 / 02 / 21