We plan group work into all of our SOWs and make sure this is conducted in a productive and supportive way. We use a lot of talk in lessons and, as departments, celebrate rich discussions which might deviate from the original lesson plan. We work hard to ensure our curriculum is diverse and representative of as many voices and experiences as possible to engage students and support their wellbeing, (aiming high and being positive) We further skills development beyond the classroom with our enrichment opportunities after school such as, Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge, Speaking Out Year 9 Poetry Slam, Culture Mile and Barbican SOW collaboration, students attending Debate Mate competitions and events, National Space Rocket competition, to name but a few. All classroom/enrichment opportunities are linked to the essential skills with reference to the icons and using Skills Builder videos - this is especially true in PSHCE/Careers topics. Since we are in area of high deprivation, there has been an emphasis on raising the cultural and creative capital of our students through trips, enrichment as well as collaborative projects with outside providers inside and outside the classroom. As well as developing their essential skills, this has also helped us to promote positive mental health and wellbeing within our community.