The PiXL EDGE is a national framework to develop and accredit students with those personal attributes essential for employability and life.
At Carshalton High School for Girls our students are encouraged to take a wide range of opportunities which are available to them to help develop Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication skills. The EDGE gives them the chance to record how they are developing these skills and we are now in our second year of using the scheme.
In Years 7, 8 and 9 students are all focused on developing the attributes for the Apprentice level.
In Years 10 and 11 students are able to access the Graduate Level and Year 12 students will be able to access the Master level when they complete the Graduate Level.
The Scheme focuses on five key life-attributes:
- Leadership (red path)
- Organisation (green path)
- Resilience (blue path)
- Initiative (purple path)
- Communication (yellow path)
Students will know this as the LORIC family.
Students need to complete a series of activities within the programme, for each of the key attributes, and can qualify at three levels; Apprentice (Key Stage 3), Graduate (Key Stage 4) and Master (Key Stage 5). The Masters Level ends with an interview by employers, who will determine if the student passes or not.
Our Year 7, 8 and 9 students are starting at PiXL Edge Apprentice level. Each student needs to achieve 2 credits in each of the five categories, Leadership (red path), Organisation (green path), Initiative (purple path), Resilience (blue path), and Communication (yellow path).
The examples below outline the types of activities which can be credited as part of the Apprentice Level:
Leadership (2 credits required)
- Make a presentation in front of governors of the school (1 credit)
- Lead a coaching session in PE (1 credit)
- Obtain a position of responsibility in a school club (1 credit)
- Teach an element of a lesson in school (1 credit)
Organisation (2 credits required)
- Organise a small scale fundraising activity (1 credit)
- Lead an activity at a uniformed organisation (1 credit)
- Compose musical piece for a single instrument or voice which is performed (1 credit)
- Help teach in the running of a lunchtime or after school activity (1 credit)
Initiative (2 credits required)
- Create a high quality wall display independently for a subject department (1 credit)
- Volunteer and lead a tutor activity (1 credit)
- Enter a national design or creative competition (1 credit)
- Enter a school or regional subject based competition (1 credit)
Resilience (2 credits required)
- Achieve a grade 3 music qualification (1 credit)
- Complete a residential outdoor activity course (1 credit)
- Complete a 5K fun run (1 credit)
- Attend a chosen club every week across a term (1 credit)
Communication (2 credits required)
- Create an anti-litter/pro recycling campaign in school (1 credit)
- Contribute towards an article for the school website, Facebook or Twitter page (1 credit)
- Perform in a school production (1 credit)
- Two minute formal speech on a subject of your choice (1 credit)
Students have been given a unique username and password and can access ‘The EDGE’ online both in school and at home. Every activity must be evidenced online and will be signed off by their form tutor.
To be accredited with an 'Apprentice' level, students must gain 10 credits in total (2 credits from each category). Students will receive recognised awards on successfully completing the various stages.
We are very keen to use this scheme to recognise the activities that students do that are not linked to exam success, and give credit for the range of attributes that really good citizens show, and which help them grow. We hope you agree this looks like an exciting programme. We are looking forward to following the challenges our Year 7, 8 and 9 undertake as they work towards the Apprentice Level.
If you would like any further information please contact Mr C James, Assistant Headteacher firstname.lastname@example.org