Building the Curriculum
for 21st Century Learning

Curriculum for Life is an education programme for 6 to 18 year-olds, complementing existing school curricula

The Curriculum for Life brings together thought-leaders from a wide range of disciplines to create a curriculum that makes 21st Century Learning available to all young people

The world is changing at a rapidly increasing rate and established systems are struggling to keep pace – education has the opportunity to equip young people with the skills to thrive
Any English-speaking school can offer the Curriculum for Life using our online platform; any school teacher can receive online training to deliver the curriculum

Creating a Curriculum for Life

The world is changing at a rapidly increasing rate and established systems are struggling to keep pace. Education has the opportunity to expand its scope and deliver the learning that young people want and need to navigate their future and thrive in the 21st century. The Curriculum for Life addresses these challenges head-on by bringing together thought-leaders from a wide range of disciplines.

An international coalition of learners and educators curate and develop a learner-centred curriculum

A learning path is created which adapts to the needs of learners and the practitioners supporting them

The curriculum is informed by the best content and methodologies that inspire young people

Learners and practitioners are supported by a purpose-built online platform that offers innovative curriculum delivery

Voices calling for change
reflect the escalating
challenges and new
realities faced by young
people

Voices calling for change reflect the escalating challenges and new realities faced by young people

Quotation Marks Dark

In 2018 over 130,674 young people voted having a curriculum for life as the most important issue for them. Young people are saying that the education system needs to prepare them for life after school and college!

-UK Youth Parliament

Integrating social and emotional development with academic instruction is foundational to the success of our young people, and therefore to the success of our education system and society at large.

-The Aspen Institute

Education is no longer about teaching students something alone; it is more important to be teaching them to develop a reliable compass and the navigational tools to find their own way in a world that is increasingly complex, uncertain and volatile.

-OECD

Education needs a major transformation to meet the current challenges facing humanity and the planet. There is an urgent need for greater headway in education.

-UNESCO ​

    Evidence & Research

    The importance of fundamental changes and improvements in education has been researched for decades and is more vital now than ever.  When identifying the personal qualities required for functioning well in the 21st century, the role of non-cognitive factors are now often highlighted in academic discourse. Our academic literature review is a tour of this agenda and identifies the opportunities and challenges of creating a Curriculum for Life.

    Get Involved

    Our work relies on creative collaboration and we welcome the input of all who are inspired by 21st Century Learning and the Curriculum for Life

    • Become a friend of C4L – learn more about C4L and stay up to date with the latest developments
    • Become an ambassador – learn how you can advocate for and implement C4L in your educational setting
    • Become a collaborative partner – learn how you can contribute to the C4L.