Folkestone Academy and Help for Heroes fundraising
Fourteen students from the Folkestone Academy are taking part in the CVQO Schools Partnership Programme.
As part of the course the group of 12-14 year old students have been encouraged to organise a fund-raising event to fully engage their team working skills. After much deliberation the group decided to hold a Channel Rowing Challenge and raise a target of £1000 for their chosen charity ‘Help for Heroes’. The challenge will involve students rowing the equivalent distance to crossing the English Channel and back again, which is around 52 miles on rowing machines at the Academy. Money raised will be generated from sponsorship.
Mrs Michelle Hill, Head of Alternative Education Centre at The Folkestone Academy, has been working alongside students with CVQO to facilitate teaching and planned activities. She comments on the project:
“The boys are getting to grips with the old saying ‘there is no I in team’ and they are thriving on the self-discipline, hard work and respect values that are instilled by the course leaders. I am sure that we will see improvements in achievement as well as confidence, engagement and motivation as a result of this fantastic project.”
You can read more on this story on the Folkestone Academy website and we would like to wish them luck and look forward to another report after the event!
Treviglas School Supports World Book Day
Students from the Treviglas School, Newquay supported World Book Day on the 6th March in connection with the CVQO Schools Partnership Programme.
In the weeks leading up to it they planned a reading survey which they completed at their local Waterstones bookshop by interviewing customers. The results were then presented to the School Librarian once they got back to school.
The students had also been fundraising for the day in order to buy a book for each of them to read in order to improve their reading skills.
Once they have finished with their books they will be presenting them to the school library with their names in to encourage others to read.
Ifield Community College Students learn to save lives
Students from Ifield Community College are shown during their First Aid course where they learnt how to use CPR while on the CVQO Schools Partnership Programme.
The course is one of a number of units that need to be satisfied in order to gain the BTEC Level 1 in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship.
The Corsham School Activity Day at the Wiltshire Outdoor Learning Team centre
The photos show students from The Corsham School enjoying and learning during their activity day at the Wiltshire Outdoor Learning Team centre.
The students need to learn these activities to satisfy elements on their CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 qualification in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship.
Biddick Excells on Building!
Recently students from the Biddick Academy, a Sports College in Sunderland, were challenged by their CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 course to build a bridge and to improve their teambuilding skills.
The students excelled in both. They are taking part in the CVQO Schools Partnership Programme which aims to encourage teamwork, personal skills and citizenship.
Castleview Enterprise Academy students on their Police Cadet Sergeant visit
Students from Castleview Enterprise Academy are forging ahead on the CVQO Schools Partnership Programme and their BTEC Level 1 Course. The photos show them during an informational visit by their local Police Cadet Sargeant.
Monkey business for CVQO Schools Partnerships Students!
A few weeks ago we featured a story about some of our students from Casterton Business and Enterprise College who went to visit a local exotic pets refuge as part of their Level 1 BTEC.
The students were so enthusiastic about the refuge that they decided to raise money to help the charity by running a car wash.
The staff at the school were really supportive and the students raised enough sponsorship for the CVQO group at Casterton Business & Enterprise College to sponsor a monkey for a year!
World Book Day!
It’s World Book Day today and the students on the CVQO Schools Partnership Project are ‘doing their bit’ in support.
Above is a CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 student from Cornwall keen to participate
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Cadets spend an exciting day in a London photo studio to help promote the CVQO-led BTEC Level 1.
Michael Gove speaks about the future of vocational education
The Rt Hon Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education and MP for Surrey was speaking at McLaren and had some very interesting things to say about the future direction of vocational education.
He talked about preparing our young people and the country for the future:
"In particular, we need to end the artificial and damaging division between the academic and the practical - the apartheid at the heart of our education system."
"And we need to ensure that practical, technical and vocational education is integrated with academic learning to make both more compelling for all students in our schools, and more valuable in the new labour market."
The full transcript is available on this link:
Mr Gove is shown above at the CVQO graduation ceremony at Sandhurst in 2011.