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Wirral students develop their future skills
1:25pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
A WIRRAL school has created an innovative programme to help its young pupils develop important life skills.
Birkenhead School Prep's Future Skills Development programme runs alongside the curriculum, teaching youngsters a range of educational and personal skills to help them both in the present and for their later lives.
The programme was introduced in September across years three to six, by head of prep Harry FitzHerbert and Richard Halpin, senior teacher in charge of curriculum and Assessment.
Mr FitzHerbert said: "We have created six modules for Future Skills Development, featuring lessons in areas such as problem solving, communication, general knowledge and team building. Another key focus is self-reliance and individual study.
"The pupils have one FSD session a week and it gives teachers the freedom to be creative – pupils have already enjoyed Apprentice-style team building tasks and lessons in sign language. While there is a serious underlying point – to help develop their personal skills both for their school lives and, in the long-term, university and careers – all the lessons are age appropriate and about having fun alongside learning.
"Both pupils and staff have really taken to it and there is a real buzz each week when the teachers deliver the sessions.
"We feel that is a unique and innovative programme that looks at how we can help our pupils develop into mature teenagers who want to work hard, be creative and express their individuality."
Mr Halpin said: "Our senior school has an established 'Beyond the Curriculum' programme, which ranges from politics to philosophy and sports leadership to science in the community.
"We believe that Future Skills Development will feed nicely into this when our pupils progress into year seven and upwards.
"There are all kinds of areas we can explore such as language, music, arts and sports to build these skills and teach them in a fun way.
"We hope this will become a strong feature within the Prep and will have tangible outcomes in the way our pupils develop."
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