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Skills for Life

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 of the soft skills necessary to be successful
  • Equipped with life skills so that they can be independent and useful members of society
  • 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
  • To have the necessary qualifications to make them the first choice for employers in their  chosen profession
  • 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 in place:

  • Senior and middle leaders in all academies have agreed specific ‘soft’ skills, qualities and knowledge to be written into the academy curriculum
  • Regular careers assemblies in all academies including the legal profession, catering, the fire service, NHS, veterinary profession, teaching and many more
  • Careers assemblies stressing the importance of English and Maths
  • To have extra curricular clubs running such as gardening and cookery. These are to encourage life skills
  • As finances allow, to extend the DT department to include qualifications such as electrician, motor mechanics, engineering, plumbing, carpentry bricklaying and plastering

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.A high performing specialist academy with sports College and raising achivement status.