What is ‘The Edge?’
At Bower Park Academy our vision is:
‘To strive for excellence to transform the life chances for all. Through determination and resilience, every child will excel, to obtain outstanding outcomes across a breadth of experiences. They will develop into well-rounded, valued citizens, ready and equipped for a future world, and embracing a love of life.
We want to do everything possible to support our students’ learning and personal growth. For these reasons we have relaunched an exciting programme called PiXL Edge to all students at Bower Park Academy. PiXL Edge is designed to help students develop the skills desired by employers, alongside their academic studies.
The programme accredits students for completing challenges that demonstrate five key attributes desired by employers (LORIC – leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication).
At Apprentice level, students have to complete two activities for each attribute; a total of ten challenges to complete the level and receive accreditation.
How does PiXL Edge work?
All students have a username and password for the PiXL Edge website. The website contains a database of hundreds of challenges that can be searched by LORIC attribute, keyword or subject. Students must select their challenge and write a statement explaining what they intend to do, how they intend to complete it and what skills they hope to gain from completing the activity. They must also write a target completion date for each activity. If they cannot find a challenge to match what they intend to do, students must speak to Mr Wookey or Mrs Yates, who can submit the challenge for approval, which just takes a few days.
Once they have completed a challenge, they can log back onto the website to write a detailed evaluation, using the keywords, instructions and tips available. They must click the button to say they have completed the activity and ensure their Learning Family tutor has seen the necessary evidence (certificate, photographs, signed statement etc).
How can I progress even further through PiXL Edge?
All students will start at Apprentice level, which requires the completion of ten challenges, all of which tend to be one-off challenges or take less than a term to complete. Once completed, students will be invited to move to Graduate level, where eight longer-term and more complex challenges must be completed.
We would expect all students starting PiXL Edge to have completed the Apprenticeship level by the end of Year 9 at the latest. This will enable the most motivated students to work towards achieving the Graduate level by the end of Year 11.
Celebrate PiXL Edge
We believe that the skills demonstrated by students in attaining PiXL Edge Apprentice and Graduate levels are invaluable for their future careers, and fully intend to celebrate their success and achievements. Students will be presented with certificates and DigiBadges, alongside celebratory events and activities we hope to hold in school, regionally and nationally with partner organisations.
We are actively seeking industry partners to work with us to deliver a programme that prepares students fully for life beyond Bower Park Academy and which helps us to celebrate their success. If you are interested in getting involved, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Wookey or Mrs Yates (‘The Edge’ leads)