Teaching life-skills and character has always been one of the key objectives of education, but sometimes these skills are forgotten about amid the quantitative measures of academic performance.
Redmoors enrichment programme is an essential part of promoting employability, academic attainment and teaching young people the skills they need to make good choices. These skills will have benefits well beyond the classroom.
Tim Peake once tweeted “Character is important – a CV may get you the interview, but character will get you the job.”
At Redmoor, we aim to have a range of enrichment opportunities that will promote the life-skills needed for everyday life, develop “soft skills” that employers and universities look for, while also giving students the opportunity to find out more about their interests and passions.
The Redmoor Enrichment Week (REC) in June gives the students a choice of a wide range of experiences from cookery in France, climbing the Three Peaks, learning to horse ride, making a bug hotel to glass blowing and many more. The students are engaged in a week-long set activities that encourage them to make new friends, challenge themselves and gain a variety of new skills.
Along REC, the school provides a range of activities after school and during lunch time. These includes sports such as netball, football, rugby and athletics. We also have a wide range of music based clubs include steel pans, rock band and the choir, Young Voices. Budding engineers can join VEX, the robotics club; whilst the Eco club provides other opportunities for environment-minded students.
During our PSHCE lessons and tutor time each week, the students get to take part in house competitions which may include a new skill set such as paper chain making, or learning essential first aid such as CPR.
Enrichment at Redmoor includes many things that students can choose to do beyond their academic pursuits and the normal requirements of life.
What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award?
Students will achieve a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award if they show persistence, commitment and personal development over a period of time. Every activity must be successfully completed and assessed. Completing a DofE programme equips young people for life and work, and is recognised by employers and universities alike.
Through their DofE journeys young people develop resilience, confidence and a ‘can do’ attitude as well as the social and communication skills that businesses are calling out for.Anyone aged between 14 and 24 can do a programme at one of the three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. If they’re old enough, students can start at any level but most try for Bronze first and work upwards.
At Redmoor we run the Bronze award for year 9 students and the Silver award for year 10 students. There are four sections at Bronze and Silver level. These are Skills, Volunteering, Physical and Expedition.