“As you may be aware we launched PiXL edge last Year with our Year 8 students” writes Mr Tomlinson. “The scheme is aimed at assessing the skills and characteristics that employers look for outside of the academic scene (Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication). There are three levels of Apprentice, Graduate and Master. The scheme ran so successfully last year that we have decided to expand it to two more year groups (Current Year 8 and 12) as well as the Year 9 students continuing with it. I have launched the “Apprentice” scheme with Year 8 students via assembly and they will start it in computer rooms next week with some Year 9 “Graduate” students leading them through the system. The Year 12 students will start on “Graduate” over the next week, with Year 9 continuing with “Apprentice” unless they have completed that and moved onto the Graduate Scheme.
Year 9 have continued with the PiXL edge scheme fantastically well and have started Mentoring a Year 7 student (see picture). The scheme is two-fold – one to aid Year 7 transition to secondary school with a familiar face for help and support; secondly for Year 9 to develop their maturity and skills on the edge programme. I have to say the scheme has started brilliantly, with a great buzz in classroom talking about school life.
Also some Year 9 students have been delivering presentations to Year 7 tutor groups about homework at Wellington as the Year 7 students prepare to start receiving homework in subject areas. The Year 9 students have been giving advice on what to expect, when to complete and what to do if you experience problems. The presentations have been well received.
On top of that the Year 9 “Graduate” level students will be going into Year 8 and 12 computer rooms to lead them about the edge programme.
Busy start to the term for Year 9 but I think this embodies what the Wellington School community is all about and from a Director of Year point of view, I couldn’t be more impressed with how Year 9 have started the term.”