Character education continued during Covid 19 lock-downs at Imberhorne School

Imberhorne SchoolAt Imberhorne school, the development of a young person and their character education is rewarded by achievement points or merits. Merits can be achieved for general acts of kindness, as well as for demonstrating skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, empathy and resilience.

By encouraging young people to develop and build on these skills, allows them to grow in confidence, as well as demonstrate how employable they will be in future work experience opportunities, apprenticeships, and that all-important first job. Not only have Year 11 students nationally been tested relentlessly with the expectations of Ofqual, but at Imberhorne they have also focused on an equally important part of school life, their Graduation from school, be it as a Graduate, with Merit or with Distinction. To achieve that they need 100+, 200+ or 300+ achievement points throughout the whole of year 11, as well as exceptional punctuality and good behaviour. If that’s not enough they also need to submit a ‘Record of Achievement’ containing a CV, personal statement, evidence of voluntary work and extra-curricular engagement, from within and outside of school. So regardless of Covid 19 most have been consistent and reliable, determined and committed throughout their very distracting key stage 4, and for that, they all deserve a very big well done!

As a school, we were also delighted to see the achievement awarded jump by 114% to 196,014 during the second lockdown and if that wasn’t impressive enough, Year 7 had gained the highest amount with Year 10 in second place! This clearly shows just how resilient, determined and dedicated all year groups have been over the recent lockdown regardless of age.

We live in a world where much emphasis is put on qualifications when character and the application of skills are equally as important and often allow us to progress and be promoted within the workplace. Developing these skills in school and spotting talents in young people early will ensure that they flourish in their area of expertise. Last month we acknowledged the legacy of the late Duke of Edinburgh in his ‘Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme’, a scheme that started in 1956 and has challenged young people against themselves ever since, setting their own targets in their chosen areas of personal development. The award scheme saw over 250,000 young people every year taking up the challenge globally, however recent demand increase by over a million showing that young people love to be challenged to develop and grow and Imberhorne has a healthy cohort of students enjoying this opportunity too.

Encouraging young people to challenge themselves and continue to improve both in and outside of the classroom will only see them succeed at something and as the late Duke said “Once they experience such success they will recognise it and appreciate it in other aspects of their life” and ultimately grow and prosper.

Author: Tim Thompson
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