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Feature Skills & Training
by ROBERT COOK
HEADMASTER
Victoria College
Schools balance need for skills
with wider educational goals
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chools are evolving essential that we consider ability to guide them through of the Lower Sixth, part of
places of learning and education in the context of our transforming landscape. which comprises Financial
whereas their academic the wider community as It is through self belief, Literacy as part of the
and extra curricular life is young people enter global thinking critically and transitions course. This is
crucial, we ignore at our peril markets and enterprises in a innovatively and using complemented by the
their role in developing skills world that is becoming ever technological skills that they Certificate in Financial
to benefit the community. smaller due to advances in will capitalise on the Studies, an IFS course that is
travel and electronic opportunities they are offered to our Upper Sixth
At Victoria College we communications. presented with in a world students. If they decide to
develop leadership skills where security, stability and enter the finance industry
through our Combined Cadet Flexibility has become a key prosperity are issues of within Jersey this is a useful
Force, Music, Drama, Sport word in employment terms concern. We will never know foundation. To enable our
and a host of other activities and young people need to be the impact the opportunities young men to be creative in
to ensure our young men equipped to work we offer or deny young a technological world, we
leave not only with the innovatively and effectively, people will have on their aim to ensure that each of
highest academic results but particularly with lives. them leaves College with a
also a range of life skills. No unpredictability such as that recognised IT qualification.
school can exist in isolation seen in current markets. How are we at Victoria Large numbers follow this
from its community or from Through education people College trying to develop the academic subject at GCSE or
its place in the wider world are empowered in local and skills in our young people A Level but the ECDL
as we are undoubtedly in international arenas and that will impact on their (European Computer Driving
changing times. Education is therefore able to assimilate island? Licence) is a practical and
not an end in itself but a the benefits of globalisation. popular option in our
starting point to offer new The place young people take We operate a wide and enrichment courses. Some
opportunities and prepare in tomorrow’s world will be varied Enrichment students will decide to work
students for the future. It is part determined by our programme for all members in media in the Island and

We operate a wide
and varied
Enrichment
programme for all
members of the
Lower Sixth

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