Leadership and Engagement Award
The Leadership and Engagement Award has been developed to help students demonstrate their development beyond their academic learning. Some of the activities within the award, such as attending a school trip or being an academic mentor, have been suggested to specifically benefit the students considering progression to university. Other suggested tasks are also aimed at those preparing themselves for apprenticeships or employment, such as completing the extended project qualification, or volunteering within the community. The award is divided into 5 categories with all students automatically working towards the first level, and the most aspirational students working towards the top level:
- Certificate - Participation in the Form Time Programme;
- Bronze - Participation in the Extended Learning Programme and Volunteering In School;
- Silver - Participation in the Community and Enterprise Programme;
- Gold - Participation in the Leadership Development Programme;
- Platinum - Outstanding engagement with local, national or international communities.
It is currently estimated that the majority of students leaving in the Summer of 2019 will obtain at least the Certificate level award, and up to 5 students will aim for the Platinum award.
Following our regular data captures, underachieving students in years 10 and 11 are identified. After having received the appropriate training, Sixth Form students are offered the opportunity to mentor younger students in the school. The Sixth Formers work with these students in many aspects of school life such as organisation and revision techniques. Some of our younger students find it reassuring to hear stories of how older peers may have encountered barriers to their success and how they have overcome these to be a success..
Students are regularly reminded about the importance of super-curricular activities. Universities in particular are very keen to see how enthusiastic students are about their subject area, especially if it is their chosen area of study for university. Each department has published a list of super-curricular activities which take students beyond the expected areas of study to show that they have gone above and beyond in that subject area. Students are encouraged to undertake at least one activity from each subject area they study to enhance their learning experiences. Previous activities have included visits to museums, attending talks given by the local historical society and experiencing theatre performances of key plays.
If any of our students are not making the desired progress with their studies, they will have a progress meeting with a Leader of the Sixth Form. In this meeting, action plans are created and targets are set and reviewed, in order to help our students, raise their attainment.
Each student completes an initial a questionnaire in order to identify what career/s they are interested in. This helps to personalise a careers programme to suit their individual needs. Once complete, we put in place provision to support students in learning more about their chosen careers.
- 1-to-1 careers meetings with DOMEG
- group meetings with DOMEG
- contact with employers
Students are encouraged to think about their individual skillset and how this might relate to the career that they are most interested in; what qualifications are needed to pursue this particular career and where course availability is nationally, to apply for it. Assemblies and contact with employers can therefore be targeted at the students interested in a specific career.
In addition to this, the careers programme also entails subject specific opportunities to promote careers. This may come in the form of university days, links with curriculum or work-related activities within subjects. All departments display possible careers within their subject area to enable students to understand where each subject could take them in the future.
All of this is further reinforced with a careers newsletter that is distributed to students in the Christmas, Easter and Summer terms.
To best prepare students for university, we start our university discussion as early as the start of Year 11 in order to motivate the pupils but also to better inform Year 12 subject selection.
During Year 12 induction, pupils receive an hour’s session on university life and the types of universities there are available. This intervention prior to finalising their Year 12 options choice, gives students a better chance of selecting the correct course for them.
When in Sixth Form, the newly introduced Sixth Form only tutor group allows students one session a week working on their university application through the Unifrog website in conjunction with the form tutors.
We provide students with access to a variety of University and Apprenticeship fairs. In addition to the ongoing support, towards the end of Year 12 pupils receive further tutorials on how best to compete a personal statement.
As pupils move into Year 13, they continue to receive weekly support from form tutors and the school also pay for all UCAS applications that meet our October deadline.
Form Time Programme
The Form Time Programme has been designed to aid students in developing the study skills required not only for their level 3 studies, but also for further education. Many of the tasks and activities, such as note-taking, academic researching and writing, and referencing, have been specifically aimed at university level to ensure that students are offered the opportunity to develop their skills to the highest level. Other tasks are aimed at developing more personal skills, such as time and stress management, which will benefit students throughout any future they choose
- Conduct Around School
- Time Management
- Note Taking
- Command Words
- Exam Planning & Practice
- Independent Learning
- Basic Literacy
- Basic Numeracy
- Stress Management
- Memory Strategies
- Revision Resources
- Academic Writing
- Background Reading
- Conducting Research
- Personal Statements
- Super/Extra Curricular