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Short Courses develop skills across whole school


The Ockendon Academy in Essex has used two of ASDAN’s Short Courses to accredit whole-school projects, channeling its Pupil Premium funding to help students develop their skills through cross-curricular activities.

As part of the school’s vertical tutoring system, all students worked towards the ASDAN Leadership Short Course during form time last year. This course provides learners with opportunities to develop and demonstrate their leadership skills. Because Short Courses are multi-level, the focus is on completing challenges and skills development according to individual ability, rather than attainment at a specific level. 

The course proved hugely successful, with 700 students achieving certificates in Leadership skills. The students benefitted from working in mixed-age groups, supporting each other and producing excellent work. Tutors appreciated the flexible yet supportive structure of the course and found that students adapted well to working together. As a cross-curricular project, it provided opportunities for students to develop their literacy, communication and thinking skills.

This year, Ockendon Academy is delivering the Citizenship Short Course at a whole-school level, encouraging students to gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities and improve their social and moral awareness. The course has been linked to assemblies and Ofsted were impressed by the project during a recent inspection.

In addition to these projects, the school is also running the Animal Care Short Course with students to support the work of their eco school.