Exploring the Student Competence Framework

Exploring the Student Competence Framework

Introducing the Abu Dhabi Education Council’s Student Competence Framework

The Abu Dhabi Student Competence Framework (SCF) has been developed through in-depth, best practice international educational research. In essence it is a model that broadly defines a set of values and competences which can be applied to a wide range of roles and situations and helps students to be prepared for their next stage of education, be productive future workers and be concerned citizens who contribute to the local and national community.

It is an exciting development for us at AAESS, as it provides a framework where values and competences can be organised in a manner to encourage cross-disciplinary learning, teaching and assessment.  Please click here for our rules that we developed the SCF values in Primary.

UPDATE:  Student Competence Framework (Parents Presentation):  click here if you missed Mr. Sommerville’s presentation.

Key Competences

The Abu Dhabi SCF identifies thirteen core competences which begins at Foundation Stage and continue to Year 13. These thirteen competences are grouped into three themes:

1. Learning and innovation skills
Those skills which enable students to be become creative, innovative, flexible life-long learners who are able to be publication2effective, multi-skilled productive workers:

Critical thinking
Problem solving
Independent learning
Digital competence

2. Personal and social skills
Those skills which enable students to become cohesive, productive and tolerant members of society, and who are well prepared for the next stage of their education.camera-icon

Leadership and responsibility

3. National and Global citizenship skills
Those skills which enable students to become concerned and responsible citizens, who are active participants in the community and the global, multi-cultural and technologically advanced world.

Global and environmental awareness
Cultural awareness/ citizenship


The core values proposed for the Abu Dhabi SCF are resilience, respect, empathy, integrity, honesty, care and, vitally for Abu Dhabi’s multicultural society, tolerance. These seven values promote a positive attitude in students and provide a foundation for the development of the framework competences.

Care – means feeling concern or compassion for or having an interest in someone or something; to be mindful of the needs of others.

Empathy– is the ability to see things from another’s perspective It is the ability to ‘walk in someone else’s shoes.

Honesty – is the quality of knowing and distinguishing between right and wrong, and acting fairly; being truthful.

Integrity – is related to honesty – Integrity is how we turn honesty into action – it is having the character and courage to do what is right and fair.

Resilience – is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. It implies self-confidence and mental toughness.

Respect – is a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious or worthy and should be treated in an appropriate way.

Tolerance – is the willingness to accept feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own.

As we develop our understanding and programmes of learning through the SCF, we will share snippets of our learning and visual displays below.


Values in Practice
Evidence of Respect and Caring in Nursery