Be Engaged Achieve More
The BEAM programme (Be Engaged Achieve More) has been running since 2010, having grown out of an English Gifted and Talented LA group covering 19 secondary schools in Coventry.
Over the last two years, the BEAM project has been accredited through the ASDAN Wider Key Skill Qualification, Improving Own Learning and Performance at Level 3. During this time 150 students have achieved the qualification, which carries 20 UCAS tariff points.
My teamwork and participation skills have improved considerably
The programme is designed around four creative English modules, based on topics such as ‘Representations of the Devil’ and ‘If I were Prime Minister’, and has attracted interest from more able English students in Years 9 and 10.
Students were able to use these modules to develop independent learning skills as evidence towards the Wider Key Skill qualification. As well as increasing their knowledge and understanding of complex subject content, they developed research, presentation, time-management, team-working and creative-thinking skills, which they have been able to apply in their other subjects.
Overall students have been motivated knowing they are working toward a recognised qualification at Level 3, while developing transferable skills that universities value when considering personal statements. In their evaluation of the programme they noted the following:
“I can now write and speak more persuasively”
“I developed a keen understanding of effective research skills”
“I am pleased that my cultural and political knowledge has been boosted”
“I have learnt different social skills from interacting with students from other schools”
“My teamwork and participation skills have improved considerably”
The following Coventry schools have been involved: Foxford School, Coundon Court, The Westwood Academy, Cardinal Newman School, Lyng Hall School, Cardinal Wiseman School, President Kennedy School, Stoke Park School, Caludon Castle School, Sidney Stringer School and Bishop Ullathorne.
Teachers on the programme were also asked for their comments and these included:
“BEAM builds confidence, independence and creativity”
“The BEAM project has helped to inspire young minds and follow wider interests as well as developing valuable skills”
In conclusion the Local Authority Secondary Advisor observed:
“The BEAM project has provided an avenue for more able learners to develop a wide range of skills independently and to deepen their personal understanding of a range of individual issues.”