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Schools to showcase how ASDAN courses boost learners' confidence

Schools to showcase how ASDAN courses boost learners' confidence

ASDAN will work with educators in our registered centres to co-present two workshops at the SSAT national conference.

More than 800 delegates are expected to attend the annual event at the ICC in Birmingham from December 5-6.

Boosting progression and confidence

In one of the workshops, Alison McCulloch, Assistant Principal at Hockerill Anglo-European College, Hertfordshire, will discuss how ASDAN’s Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) qualification provides an effective complement to GCSE that boosts learners’ progression and confidence.

Available at Levels 1, 2 and 3, CoPE helps students develop essential core skills for life and work including teamwork, independent learning and problem solving, as well as boosting confidence and self-esteem.

Developing better understanding of learners

In the second workshop, Emma Gilbert, Head of Core Studies, Sawtry Village Academy, Cambridgeshire, will describe how Lift Off, ASDAN’s primary to secondary school transition programme, enables educators to gain a better knowledge of their students and the support they need to successfully integrate into Year 7.

Lift Off helps learners to develop characteristics and qualities that are important for a successful transition, including resilience, determination, communication skills and collaboration.

Martina Veale, ASDAN Education Director, said: “We are thrilled to be the workshop sponsor of one of the biggest education events of the year.

“We are really looking forward to speaking to delegates to find more about the issues they are facing and the needs of their learners. If you are attending, we’d love to see you at one of our workshops where you’ll be able to learn more about the impact of ASDAN’s courses and ask questions on the important topics we’ll be discussing. Workshop spaces are available on a first come, first served basis so make sure you don’t miss out.

“Please also visit our F6 stand to try our ASDAN cupcakes and speak to one of our friendly staff.”

ASDAN workshops at SSAT

Below is a summary of our workshops at the conference. No booking is necessary for SSAT delegates.

Boosting learners’ achievement, skills and confidence at GCSE

Wednesday 5 December at 12.15

In an era of tougher GCSE specifications putting learners under additional pressure, the challenge of providing opportunities for all young people to succeed is greater than ever. How can schools deliver an engaging and effective complement to GCSE that boosts progression and confidence?

Hockerill Anglo-European College has responded by offering ASDAN’s CoPE qualification in a high-performing, Ofsted-rated outstanding school.

This workshop provides an opportunity to find out how CoPE has:

  • increased engagement and motivation
  • ensured achievement across GCSE subjects
  • enhanced employability skills and skills for life
  • promoted a more successful transition to post-16

Promoting a successful transition to secondary school

Thursday 6 December at 11.15

At a critical point in young people’s development, how can teachers get to know new students well and support them to integrate into life at secondary school?

Sawtry Village Academy is one of six secondary schools in the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust that are either currently delivering or planning to deliver Lift Off. This workshop will describe how the course has been a ‘big hit’ with learners who are developing the personal skills and characteristics needed to thrive in year 7 and beyond.

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