What is Calder Edge?
In January 2017 students in Years 7 and 8 embarked on an innovative scheme called ‘The Calder Edge’ in association with PIXL Edge. The scheme is intended, over time, to develop and accredit the life skills and attributes which employers are advising us young people require – leadership, organisation, initiative, resilience and communication (LORIC skills). It will also provide students with a nationally recognised qualification, which runs alongside their academic successes and recognises what they can do as well as what they know. In order to gain the Qualification at ‘Apprentice 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 the students themselves with tutors and Year Achievement Leaders providing any assistance required. After a series of launch assemblies, the programme is off to a great start with pupils focussing this half term on ‘Communication’.
We believe the ‘Calder Edge’ provides a real benefit for the students in the future as they apply to colleges, universities and for positions of employment and we hope that students will enjoy a new challenge at the start of a new calendar year. The Calder Edge will take a full 12 months to complete and successful students will graduate at a Celebration Event planned for December 2017.
Attached below are some documents, linked to the current unit, that have been issued to students and may be of interest to parents.