RSA Opening Minds

Competences – the evidence

RSA  Opening Minds commissioned the University of Sussex to conduct a literature review. The aim of the review was to collate an evidence base with regards the effectiveness of competence based curricula in secondary schools both generally and with specific reference to the RSA Opening Minds competence framework. 

 The review is required to provide an evidence base to answer three key questions.

  •  What is the evidence base to support a competence based approach to education generally – including the impacts on both outcomes and pedagogy?
  • What is the evidence base for the competences as defined by Opening Minds and how do these compare to other competences as utilised by other approaches?
  •  How could the outcomes and impacts of OM be measured and evaluated?

The full report which include a set of recommendations can be accessed here: