As part of the Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) programme at Mendip Studio School, we utilise PiXL EDGE. This provides a framework to enable our school to develop and capture the student attitudes, attributes and skills which are so important for employment and life beyond school.
The PiXLl EDGE is an innovative scheme intended, over time, to develop and accredit the life skills and attributes that employers are telling us they need such as Resilience, Independence, Active Participation and Role-modelling (RIAR). Students work towards qualifications which run alongside their academic successes and recognises what they can do as well as what they know.
In order to gain the qualification at “Apprentice”, “Graduate” or “Masters” level, students need to complete a range of activities from an approved list. The activities can be many and varied and can be undertaken in normal lessons, in extra-curricular clubs or outside of school.
Progress on the scheme will be managed by students themselves using a specially designed online application with their tutors and Progress Leaders providing an oversight and awarding credits towards achieving the qualification. We believe that ‘The Edge’ provides a real opportunity for students at Mendip Studio School to benefit in the future as they apply to University, Apprenticeships, Further Education and Employment.
“Employers look for young people who are rigorous, rounded and grounded, with not only
skills and knowledge, but also the wider behaviours and attitudes that are needed for
success in life and work. Programmes such as PiXL Edge that support and encourage this
wider development in young people as a part of their school journey are a welcome step
towards ensuring that all young people can fulfil their potential”
Neil Carberry – Director for Employment and Skills, CBI
The Mendip Studio School is also committed to Improving the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of our pupils. SMSC is explicitly taught in tutor time, however, SMSC is also embedded in teaching and learning across all subject areas.In addition, a weekly SMSC calendar with hyperlinks to relevant resources is created and shared to all staff, students and parents; highlighting and celebrating SMSC events and/or awareness days. The most effective way to raise awareness and improve pupils SMSC, is with the support from parents/carers at home. Discussions around the information shared with parents at home should be encouraged, thus better preparing our children to become the very best version of themselves.
Writhlington School will ensure that all students are able to explain the importance of the fundamental British values:
“A culture built upon freedom and equality, where everyone is aware of their rights and responsibilities”.
Rule of Law
“The need for rules to make a happy, safe and secure environment to live and work”.
Respect and Tolerance
“Understanding that we all don’t share the same beliefs and values. Respecting the values, ideas and beliefs of others whilst not imposing our own others”.
“Protection of your rights and the right of others you work with”.
Again these will be added and shared on the weekly SMSC calendar and comprehensively taught in tutor time and embedded in teaching and learning across subject areas.
As a result, of our thoughtful and wide- ranging SMSC curriculum, our children will be able to :
- Reflect about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
- Recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
- Use a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
- Understand and appreciate the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others
- Demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
- Understand of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
- Participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
- Explain Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
- Have a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them