ASDAN celebrates silver anniversary

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ASDAN, a pioneering education charity and awarding organisation, celebrates its 25th anniversary this month.

What began as a small school-based project called the Youth Award Scheme has evolved into a highly respected organisation providing programmes and qualifications for thousands of centres across the UK and internationally.

As part of ASDAN’s celebrations, schools that have been registered with the organisation for 25 years have been invited to a special event at the charity’s central office in St George, Bristol, on May 17 to acknowledge their commitment to ASDAN’s unique pedagogy.

ASDAN’s pioneering methodology focuses on:

  • helping students learn through experience
  • motivating learners through short-term targets and rewards
  • encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their own learning
  • using formative as well as summative assessment 

Simon Calvert, Key Stage 5 leader for Manor Green School, Maidenhead, Berkshire, one of the schools that has been with ASDAN for the past 25 years, said: “We have proudly worked with ASDAN over the years because we share many of the same values – being focused on the needs of the individual, making learning relevant, and maintaining high standards. ASDAN has always been very supportive as the school adapts and grows to meet our students’ needs, and we look forward to continuing a very successful working relationship for many years to come. We wish ASDAN a very happy 25th anniversary.”

Maggie Walker, ASDAN CEO, said: “We are thrilled to be celebrating this significant milestone. Many of the schools that worked with us 25 years ago are still with us today, which is testament to the value of our unique pedagogy and the vital difference it makes to young people in helping them develop skills for learning, employment and life. ASDAN is an innovative organisation and our new e-learning platforms and online resources ensure we continue to offer engaging, rewarding and meaningful education opportunities.”

ASDAN’s patrons the Rt Hon the Baroness Corston and the Rt Hon the Lord Knight of Weymouth congratulated ASDAN on the achievement of its silver anniversary. 

Baroness Corston, MP for Bristol East from 1992 to 2005, said: “ASDAN has, through its example and course materials, done so much to improve the life chances of thousands of young people. We know this is true because more than 4,000 schools, colleges and other education providers use its materials. We salute the trailblazers who pioneered the concept, and look forward to another successful 25 years.”

Lord Knight, a former minister of state whose portfolios included schools, said: “For 25 years ASDAN has been doing vital work in helping recognise the broad range of student achievement through its qualifications. This is more important than ever as employers demand a bigger range of skills that are not reflected in traditional exams. That is why I am so proud to be a patron of ASDAN – one of our leading and most innovative awarding bodies.”

The charity has created a special 'Celebrating 25 years of ASDAN' web page with a video clip of Ms Walker discussing the significance of the milestone, blogs and free resources for education providers.