Available exclusively from Renaissance, Focus Skills™ are—simply put—the building blocks of student learning. Based on extensive research into how learning progresses in reading and mathematics from Reception to Year 11, Focus Skills provide a roadmap for closing learning gaps as you move every student toward greater mastery.
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Focus Skills Teacher Workbooks now available to download FREE!

For the first time, we are offering all UK schools free access to the literacy and maths Focus Skills. Built by experts at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), and available from Star Reading and Star Maths assessments, these Teacher Workbooks are available to download as PDFs.


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Focus Skills are the foundational skills that are essential to advancing learning (i.e., concepts learners must master along the way in order to move to the next step), supporting the development of future skills (i.e., serve as strong prerequisites for skills to come), and/or reflecting the emphasis of the National Curriculum at that year level.



Learning progressions built for the national curriculum

Assessments tell you what your students know. Learning Progressions in reading and maths tell you what your students are ready to learn next.

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