Hexham Middle School is a deemed secondary school and part of Hadrian Learning Trust. The school is co-located now on one site with Queen Elizabeth High School. The school draws primarily from a catchment in the rural town of Hexham as well as the broader Tyne Valley area. The trust has two other feeder middle schools. Hexham Middle School is a Wave 2 Careers Hub School. Skills Builder was promoted via the North East LEP. Following investigation alongside personal development reform, it was decided that the developing pillars of personal development, at the time, would benefit from the explicit teaching of essential skills. We were at the time reviewing the structure of form time and how this could be extended and used more effectively.
Both schools have typically been focused on developing a knowledge-rich curriculum. My role as a Careers Leader has been to raise the awareness of the essential skills to help make pupils ready for the world beyond school. Skills Builder is forming part of the wider careers strategy as well as strengthen elements of our school's wider personal development.
1. Establish consistencies across the school 2. Showcase exemplary demonstration of Skills Builder 3. Embed Skills Builder Challenge Day on the school calendar in advance 4. Continue to make Skills Builder visible 5. Provide reminders of Skills Builder in staff briefings 6. Set-up Skills Builder Stickers and make Skills Builder Badges with the school's badge-making machine. 7. Strengthen Expanded Framework with SEND team