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Aug 31 2021

Year 8 Induction Day (No Transport)

Sep 01 2021

Year 8 & Year 12 Students

Sep 02 2021

All students return

Oct 25 - 29 2021

October Mid Term Holiday

Dec 20 2021 - Jan 04 2022

Christmas Holiday (school ends for pupils @ 11.45)

Feb 14 - 18 2022

February Mid-Term Holiday

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Personal Development and Employability (PDE)

COURSE CONTENT

The Achieve programme offers a varied curriculum which covers different topics across five activity areas. Students will follow an active learning programme during which they build up a portfolio of evidence and submit completed units for assessment in Personal Development and Employability (PDE).  As part of the programme, you will explore the following:

  • Personal and social development: By working in small groups, you’ll be able to meet new people and make new friends
  • Life skills: Through fun and interactive sessions, you’ll learn how to manage money, be healthy and stay safe
  • Active citizenship: You’ll work as part of a team to make a difference to your local community
  • Enterprise project: This is a Dragons’ Den style challenge. Ready to put your entrepreneurial skills to the test? 
  • Preparation for work: Create a tip-top CV, practise for future interviews and explore your skills and talents

ASSESSMENT

Portfolio based. Units completed and assessed throughout the course.

A Prince’s Trust Certificate in PDE at Level 1 is equivalent to 3 GCSEs at grade F.           

A Prince’s Trust Certificate in PDE at Level 2 is equivalent to 2 GCSEs at A*-C

Students who do not complete sufficient units may gain a Prince’s Trust Award in PDE and credit for all units they have completed.

WHO THIS COURSE IS FOR

A student who

  • may struggle to achieve 5 A*-C GCSE grades
  • will thrive in a less formal learning environment
  • prefers ongoing assessment to formal written exams
  • enjoys practical activities and will be involved in their learning experience
  • will work well with others
  • can keep evidence, and is able to organise and compile it into a portfolio
  • can meet deadlines

CAREERS EDUCATION, INFORMATION, ADVICE AND GUIDANCE

This course offers a practical approach to help students fulfill their potential. Students develop transferable skills while boosting confidence and motivation. They are prepared for their career with a CV, self-confidence, and the ability to present and promote themselves and products, and they know how to stay motivated working independently and as a team player. These are valued skills and qualities in the workplace.