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Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

PLTS is based around the skills needed for success and learning in life. Many competence and knowledge based qualifications are mapped to the 6 PLTS outcomes.
The 6 PLTS and their outcomes are:

  • Independent enquiry

  • Creative thinking

  • Reflective learning

  • Team working

  • Self management

  • Effective participation


To find out more information about the 6 PLTS and their outcomes please visit

PLTS evidence examples City and Guilds


Independent enquirers(IE)

Creative thinkers(CT)

Reflective learners (RL)

Team workers (TW)



Self managers (SM)

Effective participators (EP)

IE 1 - identify questions to answer and problems to resolve



CT 1 - generate ideas and explore possibilities


RL 1 - assess themselves and others, identifying opportunities and achievements


TW 1 - collaborate with others to work towards common goals


SM 1 - seek out challenges or new responsibilities and show flexibility when priorities change



EP 1 - discuss issues of concern, seeking resolution where needed



IE 2 - plan and carry out research, appreciating the consequences of decisions


CT 2 - ask questions to extend their thinking


RL 2 - set goals with success criteria for their development and work


TW 2 - reach agreements, managing discussions to achieve results

to others


SM 2 - work towards goals, showing initiative, commitment and perseverance


EP 2 - present a persuasive case for action


IE 3 - explore issues, events or problems from different perspectives


CT 3 - connect their own and others’ ideas and experiences in inventive ways



RL 3 - review progress, acting on the outcomes


TW 3 - adapt behaviour to suit different roles and situations, including leadership roles


SM 3 - organise time and resources, prioritising actions


EP 3 - propose practical ways forward, breaking these down into manageable steps


IE 4 - analyse and evaluate information, judging its relevance and value


CT 4 - question their own and others’ assumptions


RL 4 - invite feedback and deal positively with praise, setbacks and criticism


TW 4 - show fairness and consideration to others


SM 4 - anticipate, take and manage risks


EP 4 - identify improvements that would benefit others as well as themselves


IE 5 - consider the influence of circumstances, beliefs and feelings on decisions and events


CT 5 - try out alternatives or new solutions and follow ideas through


RL 5 - evaluate experiences and learning to inform future progress


TW 5 - take responsibility, showing confidence in themselves and their contribution


SM 5 - deal with competing pressures, including personal and work-related demands


EP 5 - try to influence others, negotiating and balancing diverse views to reach workable solutions


IE 6 - support conclusions, using reasoned arguments and evidence


CT 6 - adapt ideas as circumstances change


RL 6 - communicate their learning in relevant ways for different audiences


TW 6 - provide constructive support and feedback

SM 6 - respond positively to change, seeking advice and support when needed


EP 6 - act as an advocate for views and beliefs that may differ from their own






SM 7 - manage their emotions, and build and maintain relationships