Learning 4 Life - TRICs

Employers and universities want young people who can show a range of useful and transferable skills that can be used in a variety of different places and contexts. These skills are also seen in successful learners. By understanding how to use the elements of TRICS students can become even better learners and develop the skills that employers and universities want. If young people understand the language of TRICS it helps with both learning and communication. TRICS apply to all students in all year groups.

Team Learning


This involves encouraging others to follow you, to use your ideas to achieve something special. You might captain your football team or ‘drive’ your group in Drama. Leadership helps to develop confidence, communication and initiative and the need to stand on your own two feet and think for yourself.


Everyone likes people who treat others as they want to be treated. Show respect for people you work with - they will respect you! They will listen to you more, consider your opinions. Listening is vital for good respect. You can’t complain about your rights if you don’t respect other people’s rights.


We live in a society which depends on good communication. Speaking clearly, being confident, using the right words to express yourself is essential. Communication uses the written word, design and ICT also. All these things need practice in order to succeed at them, especially when working with other people.

Reflective Learning


Employers and teachers want people who know their strengths and how to improve too. This means being honest with yourself, thinking about how you can keep getting better at everything you do - not just the things you enjoy doing!


You stop and consider, think carefully and deeply. You think about the consequences of actions. You will think about what you already know to see how it helps you further.


You have to be flexible in life! Things don’t always go as you planned so you must be prepared to change those plans, do things differently, without complaining!


You need to look for ways to improve all the time - learning goes on throughout your life, not just at school. How can you improve your skills, talents, knowledge? This means being open-minded to accept comments from others too.

Independent Learning


This means seeing something through to the end - without giving up if things get difficult. Teachers and employers want people who try really hard at everything they attempt to do. Breaking up difficult work into small tasks helps determination.


This means ‘staying on task’, being dedicated to the job, not letting anything put you off, including other people. Paying attention is important so you understand the task; know exactly what you have to do.


Employers want people who can use initiative, who don’t just follow what everyone else does. People who can ‘think outside the box’. It helps you build confidence but needs a good understanding of what you are doing too. Don’t be a sheep - have your own opinions, know your own mind.


Meeting deadlines in any job is vital. Being able to manage your workload in order to produce quality work is a skill needed in everyone. Managing your time, setting your priorities and being clear about the task are part of this process. Using your Learning Journal, ticking off work as you complete and hand it in helps you do this.

Creative Learning


To find solutions means experimenting, ‘having a go’ and evaluating your success. It means thinking creatively to see how solutions might be found. Problem-solving in teams involves listening carefully, cooperating too. Confidence is vital here, so long as you understand the topic you must believe what you are trying out can work.


Rather than coming up with any idea, the challenge for the imaginative person is to invent something no one else has considered before. This involves taking risks and investigating information on the topic beforehand. You need to look at other sources (books, internet, interviewing people etc.) In order to find the information you need. Blending this information together might help create something new & original.


In order to be creative you need to ask questions, to be a detective that searches for clues. Clues may not always be obvious so you need to think about what you find. Research skills are vital here; make sure you check the sources for bias and use more than one source. If you find out as much as you can then you become more confident in what you produce.


Challenge seekers like to do things that are difficult in order to see if they can succeed - knowing it might help them develop as people, gain new skills. Employers like people like this, people who take risks in order to learn and improve upon what they can achieve. Often these people become very successful.

Director of Learning and Standards:

S Pierce

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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