The Beacon School is proud to announce that Alexander Northam, in Year 8, has become the first student to achieve the PiXL Edge Apprenticeship Award. This nationally recognised Edge programme was introduced in January 2016 to provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate teamwork skills sought after by employers and colleges, including:
Over the past year, Alexander has participated in many extra-curricular events, helped to deliver starter lesson activities and played a full role in charity fund raising events. During the course of these activities, Alexander has demonstrated the above skills in abundance and we are delighted to congratulate him on this excellent achievement. Well done Alexander!!
All Year 7 and 8 students have the opportunity to gain the PiXL Edge Award so, if you would like to get involved, please see your tutor or Mr West, in W17, to find out more.
Mr D West
Lead Edge Co-ordinator
WHY HAVE WE INTRODUCED PIXL EDGE?
At The Beacon School we want to make sure that we do everything possible to equip our students with the skills necessary for success. It is with this goal in mind that we have launched PiXL Edge.
WHAT IS PIXL EDGE?
The PiXL Edge is a framework to develop and accredit students
with those personal attributes essential for employability and life. The scheme will focus on five key attributes:
1. Leadership (red path)
2. Organisation (green path)
3. Initiative (purple path)
4. Resilience (blue path)
5. Communication (yellow path)
HOW MANY DIFFERENT LEVELS ARE THERE?
Students will qualify at three levels – PiXL Apprentice, PiXL Graduate and PiXL Master – having completed activity programmes related to the key attributes and accredited through the NCFE examination board.
HOW WILL PIXL EDGE WORK AT The Beacon?
At The Beacon we are launching the PIXL Edge programme for our Year 7 and Year 12 groups in January 2016 and the remaining groups thereafter.
HOW DOES THE ‘APPRENTICE LEVEL’ WORK?
Every student in Year 7, 8 and 9 will be entered for the Apprentice Level. All students must complete two activities in each of the five attributes.
HOW DOES THE ‘GRADUATE LEVEL’ WORK?
Activities at this level are more demanding. At this level you complete 8 activities in total (one for each attribute and 3 others of your own choice).
HOW DOES THE ‘MASTERS LEVEL’ WORK?
These are the most demanding activities. At Masters Level students will need to complete 6 activities in total (one for each attribute and one additional one of your own choice).
Every activity must be evidenced and signed off by a member of staff.