Developing Soft Skills
The Sixth Form award nomination talked about the schools approach to developing the soft skills that employers are looking for: social and emotional intelligence, collaborative working, negotiation, creativity, as well as digital literacy. This is backed up with fact: in a survey in 2016, 93% of employers deem soft skills as either “very important” or “essential” and in the UK alone, 97% of employers say that soft skills are key to business growth or success.
Through initiatives such as MaD (make a difference) Monday, students are able to develop these skills. The initiative encourages them to try new things, push their comfort zones, excel at their strengths and collaborate with others. Activities that range from sessions on Stoicism and Leadership, to Astronomy, Public Speaking, Wellbeing and Marketing for your Business. Alternatively, they can undertake a leadership course through CCF or work towards their Duke of Edinburgh awards by helping out in the Prep school with activities such as forest school and swimming.
On top of this, the Sixth Form Diploma allows students to reflect on their achievements and the skills they have learned and the barriers they have overcome, whilst taking part in these activities. Self-reflection is an important discipline in life and the best way for self-analysis and improvement.