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Skills for Life

‘Skills for Life’ strategy

We began this strategy with the belief that education is not for children but for the adults they will become. In discussion with senior and middle leaders involved in the Greenacre Academy Trust, we looked at how we wanted our young adults to be when they took their place in society as follows:

  • Confident and equipped with all the soft skills necessary to be successful in their private lives and careers
  • Good parents
  • Equipped with life skills so that they can be independent and useful members of society
  • Understand their role in the Big Society
  • Either be in further education or have the necessary qualifications to make them the first choice for employers in their chosen profession
  • To be aware of the world and different cultures and have the knowledge to deal with countries such as China, Japan and those in the Middle East
  • Have the ability to shine when formulating a CV and at subsequent interviews
  • Have a good knowledge of the workplace and how to behave therein.

The ‘Skills for Life’ vision

From September 2014, in order to achieve the ‘Skills for Life’ vision, the following has been put into place:

Senior and middle leaders have agreed specific ‘soft’ skills, qualities and knowledge to be written into the academy curriculum for September 2015. The primary school within the trust will be doing likewise for September 2015.

  • Fortnightly careers assemblies to Year 7,8, 9 and 10 students with different industries running throughout the year including the legal profession, logistics, catering, fire service, NHS, accountancy, veterinary profession, teaching, motor industry, engineering, vehicle recovery, architecture, immigration and airlines. The assemblies stress the importance of English and Maths and include qualifications which are necessary. We feel it is important that students who are less academic and will not go to university are inspired so that they are motivated to achieve their potential. Years 11, 12 and 13 are invited if they have a specific interest in a specific occupation. Again, the primary school are following suit with those industries which could hold the attention of 3-10 year olds.
  • Students will be encouraged to make a wide career decision by Year 9 at which point a mentor will be appointed from their chosen profession to work with them one to one until they leave school. The mentors will inspire and encourage, help with CVs and job applications, offer work experience and assist with behaviour demanded by the workplace.
  • Extra curricular clubs such as Gardening and Cookery. Again, these are to encourage life skills. An example of this is in Cookery where the intention is to teach the students how to make inexpensive nutritional soups, pasta and sauces so that they are able to cater for themselves as they grow up.
  • Outside providers to teach Customer Service and Sales.
  • As finances allow, to extend the DT department to include qualifications such as Electrician, Motor Mechanics, Engineering, Plumbing, Carpentry, Bricklaying and Plastering. Support from parents has been plentiful.

Clearly the students must prosper academically but we believe that if their interest is taken by any one part of the ‘Skills for Life’ strategy, then they will have aims and ambitions which will significantly bolster their commitment to achieving school based qualifications.