Leadership in Key Stage 3
In Years 7 & 8 ALL students undertake a minimum of 90 minutes of leadership every week through 3 leadership modules written by TFL Education (First Steps to Leadership, Learning to Lead – Born to Lead, and Learning to Lead – Taking the Lead). The programme provides a combination of classroom and activity based lessons delivered in school, and endorsed and certified through TFL Education and the Chartered Management Institute. To build confidence in verbal communications, students also undertake a weekly programme of Public Speaking.
As part of the King’s extended writing programme and our drive on literacy, ALL students complete 5 essays on leadership every year and undertake a weekly home-learning task on a famous leader. Every week, and within our House structure, students also have a daily ASPIRE session with their Academic Tutor, which focuses on a particular leadership trait, famous leadership quote and the work of a famous leader (ASPIRE Learning Cycle 1, ASPIRE Learning Cycle 2, ASPIRE Learning Cycle 3, ASPIRE Learning Cycle 4, ASPIRE Learning Cycle 5).
As part of our unique student leadership competency framework, students are also able to undertake nationally accredited leadership awards in PE, Drama, Maths, Literacy and Science to fulfil criteria linked to their Service, Volunteering and Skills portfolios. During Physical Education lessons, all students have the opportunity to gain their Level 1 and 2 Awards in Personal Water Survival and Life Saving, certificated through the Amateur Swimming Association http://www.swimming.org/ ; their Bronze-Gold Award in Sword Fencing, certificated through the British Academy of Fencing http://www.baf-fencing.org/ ; and their White-Orange Belts in Ju-Jitsu, certificated through the World Ju-Jitsu Federation http://www.wjjf.co.uk/.
Students also apply their knowledge on leadership practically through team based challenges, projects and on outdoor expeditions (Leadership Residential Programme). As part of their ‘first steps to leadership’ programme, every Year 7 pupil attends a two day leadership residential adventure at the Brathay Centre, on Lake Windermere. This is a crucial part of their first year at King’s and all pupils benefit hugely from the experience, both educationally and socially, within a secure and controlled outward bound residential environment. In Year 8, students return to the Brathay Centre for a three day leadership residential as they prepare for their Duke of Edinburgh http://www.dofe.org/ Bronze Award beginning in Year 9. Also in Year 7 and 8, students undertake the Young Leaders Award in First Aid and Outdoor Navigation as part of the ‘King’s Troop’.
Leadership in Later Years
In Year 9 ALL students start their Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Bronze Award http://www.dofe.org/. Students continue to study Leadership theory as part of their core curriculum through TFL Education’s 21 unit ‘Being a Good Leader’ programme.
Leadership programmes of study from Year 10 onwards are then accredited by TFL Education and the Chartered Management Institute, with students gaining professional awards from Year 11 to 13, through the Key Skills for Success Programme in Year 10-11, the Key Skills for Leadership Programme in Year 12 and then through TFL Education and the CMI’s Professional Awards in Team Leading and First Line Management in Year 13. This provides our students with a leadership trajectory from years 7 through to 13 (overview of all programmes).
During Physical Education lessons, all students will have the opportunity to gain their Gold Award in Sword Fencing and then move onto professional coaching awards. In Ju-Jitsu, they would be aiming to achieve their orange belt or higher. Students will also be able to undertake nationally accredited Level 2 and 3 leadership awards in PE, Drama, Maths, Literacy and Science.
For practical leadership development, students will continue to undertake annual leadership residentials through the Brathay Leadership Trust, with the aim to have completed DofE Bronze by the end of Year 9, DofE Silver by end of Year 11, and Gold Award by end of Year 13.
“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.”