Briar, Sladen, Jane, James and Barbara think it is unacceptable that the current system of education is not producing students with the skills that will be desired by employers in the future. Unfortunately, when they started their project, NCEA results drove university entrance but many universities identified problems with students’ ability to think analytically, resulting in only 34% of students finishing their bachelor’s degree within 3 years. Furthermore, in a survey of 6,000 students, only half believed they were taught skills at school that could help them beyond school, and 2/3 of NCEA students are affected by anxiety or stress brought on by over-assessment. Briar and her team believe in a school where students are well prepared for multiple pathways beyond school.
The key to Briar, Sladen, Jane, James and Barbara’s solution is a student-led program that aims to develop 21st Century skills, so that students are future ready. The project is ongoing but they are expecting to have a massive impact!
They aimed to set aside space within their current form class structure to teach and develop 21st Century skills. This was to be largely student led so they developed a vertical student leadership team to help create the program. They ran one large session with all Year 9 and 10 students, focusing on curiosity, and each form group was run by two student leaders. They also ran PD sessions with staff to create buy-in, discussed 21st Century Skills (know, use, be, grow), what they were and where students thought they sat in terms of ability to practice each. Departments then reflected on where these skills were practiced/taught in their subject areas.
At this point they have not yet measured the impact their initiatives are having, but this is coming soon! Watch this space!
Like the idea?
Briar, Sladen, Jane, James and Barbara would love your support for Future Ready Fridays, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and they’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where they can. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with the group and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer them on in the comments below as well.
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