ASPIRE Days

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"Aspire not to have more, but to be more"

                                                                                        Óscar Romero

Our ‘ASPIRE Days’ are whole school curriculum enrichment days which promote not also personal growth but also the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils in all year groups. The majority of sessions are delivered by outside speakers who have the expertise to provide a deep learning experience in areas such as health and well-being, relationships, safety and also careers and finance.

ASPIRE Days equip our students with the knowledge, skills & attributes on how to stay safe and healthy, build and maintain successful relationships as well as become active citizens, responsibly participating in society around them. Pupils are encouraged to develop their resilience, confidence and self-esteem so that they become active members of their community who are able to contribute and make well informed decisions as well as know when, where and how to ask for help.

ASPIRE Days are delivered in a variety of ways and may include workshops, talks and practical sessions as well as include theatre performances and bands as well as employer encounters.

Recent ASPIRE Days

SUMMER TERM ASPIRE DAY - July 2021

Year 7 The Environment

Food waste, Sikh Education service, Making Eco-Fish, Exploring our Local Environment and Water Awareness

Skills acquired

Developing teamwork skills, Making the right choices, British Values, respect and responsibility

Year 8 Careers

Careers in the RAF, Careers in Brother Industries Ltd, Willmott Dixon and careers in construction, Careers in the NHS, Going to University

Skills acquired

Developing skills and aspirations, teamwork, enterprise skills, careers, choices, equality of opportunity, learning strengths, preparation for work experience, readiness to work, post-16 options and financial decisions

Year 9 Finance and Careers

Budgeting

Gambling

Money choices and well-being

Going to University

NatWest Money sense- designing a mobile contract

Skills acquired

Financial decision making and the impact of decisions, enterprise skills, raising aspirations, digital literacy including managing money, gambling hooks and where to seek support

Year 10 PSHE

Relationships and domestic abuse (Bridges) sexual harassment (Tough Cookies), career aspirations and mental health, substance abuse, mindset, resilience, and mental wellbeing

Skills acquired

Emotional wellbeing including mental health, coping strategies, building healthy and respectful relationships including recognising risks and where to seek support, importance of self-worth, healthy lifestyle including the importance of rest, exercise, diet and sleep, health and wellbeing including unwanted contact and support

AUTUMN TERM ASPIRE DAY - October 2021

Year 7 Relationships

Mental health and bullying, Animal Aid, first aid, puberty, anti-bullying

Skills acquired

Life skills, health and puberty, healthy relationships, importance of friendships, healthy routines, making the right choices, respect, emotional well-being including mental health, coping strategies

Year 8 Respect for self and others

Police, domestic abuse, well-being, healthy relationships, mental health and bullying

Skills acquired

Discrimination in all its forms, respectful relationships, emotional wellbeing including mental health, coping strategies, British Values including making the right choices and respect

Year 9 Safety and respect

Cyber-safety, mindfulness, mental health and bullying, drugs and substance abuse, cyber-bullying

Skills acquired

Emotional wellbeing including mental health, coping strategies, building healthy and respectful relationships including recognising risks and where to seek support, importance of self-worth, British values including respect and responsibility, healthy lifestyles and exploring different influences

Year 10 Relationships and respect

Emotional wellbeing, sexting and consent, LGBTQ+, mental health and bullying, mindfulness

Skills acquired

Emotional wellbeing including mental health, coping strategies, building healthy and respectful relationships including recognising risks and where to seek support, importance of self-worth, healthy lifestyle including the importance of rest, exercise, diet and sleep, health and wellbeing including unwanted contact, support, British Values including the law

Year 11 Post 16 forum

College talk, apprenticeships, employer encounters, applying to higher education, labour market information, CV writing, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford

Skills acquired

Financial decision making and the impact of decisions, enterprise skills, raising aspirations, digital literacy including managing money, preparation for and evaluation of work experience and readiness for work, Equality of opportunity in careers and life choices, and different types and patterns of work, revision techniques and oracy are also included

What do our pupils say about our ASPIRE Days?

“I loved it! It was brilliant being with my friends and learning how we can protect and show respect to our environment!”

“The most important thing I learned was that I could save someone’s life by performing CPR on them”

“I have enjoyed today as it was really interesting a fun, we learned about the minimum wage in this country and different options post 16”

“I now know how to manage my money when I am older and how to budget if I do decide to go to University”

“I learned how meditation and yoga can really help with mindfulness. I also know what the signs of stress are and how I can help myself when I am feeling overwhelmed”

“I now know that it is okay to ask for help when I need it and how important it is that I look after my mental health”