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and accurately (both oral important than a detailed variety of interests and the literacy skills of those
and written) is clearly knowledge of programs that needs. Underlying all of joining his firm. He said he
important. Good levels of currently exist. these is our work on regularly found himself
numeracy are vital for life learning – last year, for correcting some pretty basic
and work. While we still cover the example, we introduced our mistakes in their outgoing
traditional areas of the learning framework, which correspondence.
Equally important as these curriculum we try to do so seeks to make explicit the
is the self-confidence to put in ways which will develop learning skills our students I smiled. I had an
oneself in challenging these skills. For example, need to develop, and which advantage. I had taught him
situations, and the those doing Information we refer to and use across A Level English. I knew of
humanity and ability to Technology take the the curriculum. the struggle we had to get
understand the needs and Diploma in Digital him to write short sentences
motivations of others. Applications, which not In most of the young people and use full stops correctly.
Imagination, creativity and only teaches them about who leave our schools I reminded him of this. “But
enterprise all seem Information Technology, but today I see fantastic I was never as bad as they
essential to success in the also trains them in project character – great self- are,” he said. I asked him if
years to come. And of management and requires confidence, considerable anyone had corrected his
course, to be both reliable them to combine skills from enterprise, cheerful and letters when he first started.
and flexible are attributes different areas of ICT. In positive attitudes, ambition. “All the time,” he said.
that will be valued by any Year 8 we have launched a There are some who need
employer or organisation. Project Based Learning continuing support to Learning has never
course which provides develop these dispositions, stopped, nor been
Underlying all of these (and students with extensive and all will need to carry completed, when young
good examination results!) opportunities to develop on learning for the rest of people leave school.
is the ability to be a self- their skills beyond and their lives. Whatever skills we equip
aware learner, to know how across the curriculum. them with or universities
to manage and improve Employers need to provide develop will always need to
ones own learning. In a Most of our staff use for continuing opportunities be extended and added to
future in which possibly the Critical Skills approaches in to develop skills and in the workplace.
only constant will be the classroom, which dispositions and build on
change, to be able to learn provides development the work which will not However, the higher the
effectively throughout ones opportunities in such have been completed by base from which future
life is perhaps the most important areas such as the age of 16 (and employers work the better
fundamental skill of all. team work, leadership and recognise that this has for all concerned. Jersey’s
time management. Our always been the case, and success in the world
We can see this most older students have is not the new phenomenon depends on investment in
clearly in technology – the opportunities to develop employing organisations developing skills and
ability and confidence to enterprise skills, as well as sometimes suggest). I was attitudes from the early
learn how to use a new a curriculum as broad as talking to a lawyer recently years to the most senior
program or device is more possible to meet the wide who was grumbling about leaders in our island.
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