“…If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.” Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success
As the second full week back in the Academy draws to a close, I am pleased to see that most students have settled back into their studies very well.
We have made some changes to our approach to behaviour management, centred on developing excellent attitudes to learning. Our new approach focuses on students consistently demonstrating key skills and approaches in their attitude to work across the Academy, which in turn is preparing them for their futures in the world of work.
Another new project that is proving to be a hit with students is our new Aspire to Be programme. We often ask young people what they want to do in the future, but how do they make an informed choice with no experience of the world of work? We are bringing the world of work to them, with a selection of guest speakers sharing their experiences about their current role, their career path that has led them to where they are today, and what students can do now to step in the same direction. Speakers so far have included a Solicitor, a Teacher, a Police Officer and a Border Force Officer, with more planned throughout the year.
Students in Years 10 and 11 also have sessions with our Careers Adviser, where they can explore their skills, ambitions and interests and develop a career plan. Some students have amazing things lined up!
Students across the Academy took part in a quiz recently to match staff members with former jobs, which have included retail, customer service, bar work, running businesses and the funeral industry amongst other things!
Younger students have also been taking part in sessions with an officer from the Department of Work and Pensions, studying skills, qualities and qualifications for a variety of job roles.
Aspiration is one of our core principles, and I passionately believe that every student can be successful if they show genuine effort and determination.