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Feature Skills & Training
by JOHN THORP
HEADTEACHER
Les Quennevais School
Developing skills and attitudes
in young people
L
es Quennevais School work for our students, change dramatically and technologies that haven’t
is one of the four 11-16 once they are in the sometimes unexpectedly? been invented to solve
schools in Jersey. workplace few will care problems we don’t even
Between our four schools about their examination • What are we doing now know are problems yet.”
we educate the majority of results– it is their skills which will equip them for Even if the future were
young people in Jersey. and attitudes which will a future that is hard to certain most young people
Our students will take determine how valuable envision? have not developed, by the
GCSE’s and a range of they are to their age of sixteen, a clear view
other courses before organisation and their Rapid advances in of the work they are likely
moving into sixth forms, colleagues. technology, the demands to be doing for a living. It is
Higher Education, or work and opportunities of essential, therefore, that we
(including apprenticeships). Those who have joined us globalisation, the decline in seek to equip them with a
Les Quennevais students in Year 7 this year may not opportunities for low skilled broad set of competencies,
are successful in their finish their formal work – all of these increase knowledge and attitudes
Public Examinations at age education (if they carry on the pressure on schools to which will help them to be
16 – this year we had our to University, as many will) develop ever higher skills in valuable members of their
best results ever, well until 2018 at the earliest. students to prepare them workplaces and
above the national for productive and communities.
average, and these were • What skills will they need successful lives and
rightly a cause for then? careers. What are the key skills
celebration. and attitudes?
• What aptitudes and As Karl Fisch says in The highest possible
Yet while examination attitudes will carry them Shifthappens, “We are capacity to understand the
results can be a passport through a life in which preparing students for jobs written word and
to further education or the world of work will that don’t exist using communicate effectively

We are preparing
students for jobs that
don’t exist using
technologies that
haven’t been invented
to solve problems we
don’t even know are
problems yet.

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