World Class initiatives from our World Class Schools
Weydon School - Inspiring and Motivating Year 11s
Weydon School in Surrey have been running two initiatives to motivate and inspire their Year 11 cohort as they look to build momentum towards the summer GCSE examinations.
The first was the "Secret Vote". Students were nominated by staff if they had demonstrated any of the following criteria:
- Outstanding Attitude to Learning in the Classroom
- Outstanding Effort Visible Outside the Classroom
- Contribution to extra-curricular or activity at school
- An act of kindness or a student who is clearly going above and beyond demonstrating the Weydon ethos.
The students knew nothing about it, and it was a fantastic surprise to the cohort, as a raffle was drawn in a year group assembly by the Principal.
We are also operating the Counter Challenge. The year group has been split into 5 colours, each being led by a member of the leadership team. Staff across the school reward Year 11 students for outstanding effort, and generally going above and beyond in their quest for success. Each week, the counters are collected, and the winning team gets a reward. It has led to some excellent teaching and learning with class competition, and standards rising across the board. Students post their counters in the tubes, which are positioned at the front of the school, allowing the initiative to be visible and high profile.
Bishop Challoner Girls' School - #girlswithgoals campaign
Bishop Challoner Girls' School's #girlswithgoals campaign provides the opportunity for all girls to realise their potential by recognising their unique gifts and talents through a combination of mentoring and extra-curricular activities.
The key aims of #girlswithgoals are:
- Adopt a healthy academic and body self-esteem
- Have a vision for the future
- Develop a positive mindset towards their academic studies and life in general.
The school has hosted a number of successful events promoting the campaign amongst pupils, staff and parents, including an annual conference, Mother and Daughter Christmas Afternoon Tea, after-school Mother and Daughter Cooking Club, a film-making club and the premiere of a short film in January 2017, entitled 'The Power of Yet'.
This short film, which was researched, directed and edited by girls in Years 7-11, contains interviews from women in high profile industry roles, insight from some of the school's female members of staff and discussion from girls on overcoming negative ideas surrounding self-esteem and body image. Filmed with expert help from Sparks-Ignite Media Company and funding from the Big Lottery Fund, The Power of Yet explores how women of all ages can challenge self-imposed and other limitations in the pursuit of their dreams.