Regis School Students and parents celebrate success with CVQO
It’s great to see such a good turnout for the presentation event.
Sarum Academy students graduation!
Wonderful to see another group of students from the CVQO Schools Partnership Programme who have successfully completed the course and are now the proud holders of a Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 1 qualification in Teawork, Personal Skills and Citizenship.
Huge Congratulations to Casterton Business & Enterprise College!
Well done to Years 7 and 9 students from Casterton Business & Enterprise College celebrating their completion of the CVQO Schools Partnership Programme. Each student achieved a CVQO led Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 1 in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship.
If you’d like to see some of the activities which contributed towards the qualification then follow the link to our Flickr stream.
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Kent Community and CVQO Schools Partnership Project Celebration
A ceremony was held yesterday 16 July to celebrate the achievements of students from both Dover Christchurch and Folkestone Academies.
These students have been taking part in the CVQO Schools Partnership Project and have all achieved a Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 1 qualification in Teamwork, Personal Skills & Citizenship through CVQO.
There were over 50 students present and many of them also received Heartstart and Red Cross First Aid certificates!
You can find out more about the Schools Partnership Programme on this link: CVQO Schools Partnership Programme and also see what kinds of activities are included in the programme on our Flickr stream.
CVQO would like to congratulate Dr Andy Treharne of AKS (formerly Arnold School) on being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Andy has been a staunch supporter of CVQO, offering our Level 2 and Level 3 BTECs in Public Services to his CCF cadets. AKS has become one of our largest centres.
Congratulations also to Colonel Tom McMullen, who was promoted from an MBE to an OBE.
As Commandant Cumbria ACF he very actively supports all that CVQO offers.
CVQO Schools Partnership Project students hit the heights!
Students from Casterton Business and Enterprise College had an amazing day at the Rock Blok Activity centre at Rutland Water. They learnt abseiling, high ropes skills, rock climbing,team building and self-confidence as part of their CVQO led BTEC Level 1 in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship.
"It was a great pleasure to welcome students from Matravers School Westbury to the Commons on Tuesday. They have been taking part in the Department for Education sponsored CVQO schools partnership project which aims to raise attainment through the use of military ethos in schools. The accounts I heard were most encouraging and similar to those I heard a while back from graduates of the Salamander project run in Trowbridge by the Fire Brigade. I will certainly be supporting the continued funding of a most worthwhile initiative."
Matravers School students brief MPs at House of Commons reception
Students from Matravers School in Westbury, Wiltshire, who are on the CVQO schools partnership project programme, have taken centre-stage in a briefing for MPs at the House of Commons.
Twelve students, half of whom have already completed the course and earned their CVQO-delivered BTEC Level 1 qualification in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship, shared their life-changing experience at a reception hosted by John Glen, MP for Salisbury and South Wiltshire.
Over 850 students in England, aged 13-15, will have benefited from the CVQO schools partnership project, designed to increase attainment and re-engage young people in education by the end of July.
Education charity CVQO has developed a bespoke training programme delivered using core values and standards from a military ethos and participants will learn a variety of skills and competencies including teamwork, citizenship, volunteering and self-reliance.
Addressing the MPs, Matravers student, Rebecca Rivers said:
“The course helped us with many skills, particularly confidence. Prior to the course many of us struggled with being able to get up in front of an audience and express our views and emotions. Since then the course has given us the opportunity to show the confidence we needed to bring out in ourselves; now we are able to talk in front of not only our class but you today.”
Two-thirds of CVQO’s 45 schools instructors come from an ex-service background and CVQO recognises the Government’s commitment to utilise the expertise of former armed services personnel to improve educational outcomes in schools.
CVQO chief executive, Guy Horridge said:
“The Schools Partnership Project has been a huge success and I am delighted that we have been able to deliver such a life-changing programme for so many young people. The partnership with schools and parents has been a critical element in the success of the programme and I am delighted that we have been able to get so many young people back on track with their education and their personal development.
It’s also excellent that we have been able to help them earn their Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 1 qualification, which is a formally recognised achievement, up to two years before they sit their GCSEs.”
Number 10 - Raising funds to music!
On Wednesday an event was held at number 10 Downing Street as apart of the Government’s Cadet Expansion Programme. The aim was to raise funds from private backers in addition to the £1 million Government bursary scheme.
Of course, no such event would be complete without music, and CVQO Regional Operations Manager for Music, Gil Singleton, provided the band, albeit in his role as Principal Director of Music, Air Cadets.
The band shown above, is the ACO National Marching Band, most of whose members either have gained a CVQO led BTEC Level 2 in Music, or are currently studying for one.
The top photo shows Gil talking to the Prime Minister, David Cameron
The article explains more about the project and gives some interesting quotes from Andrew Bridgen MP, the Acting Principal and one of the CVQO Instructors:
Andrew Bridgen MP:
“It was a pleasure to visit Ibtsock Community College and speak to the students on the CVQO Course. It was encouraging to witness just how much the students are getting out of the course, not only the positive impact the programme has had on their schooling but also on their lives outside of school as well. I wish them all the best in their future endeavours.”
Mark Warden, CVQO Schools Partnership Instructor:
“It means a lot to the students that influential people such as Andrew Bridgen MP are taking an interest in the efforts they are making to develop themselves. This will give them the confidence and determination to continue their efforts.”
Lee Sheldon, Acting Principal Ibstock Community College:
“The students found the MPs visit fascinating and we look forward to welcoming Andrew again at the College to work with the students on the subject of politics - maybe we have some budding MPs in our midst!”
You can read the whole article on this link.