Aim: Give students in Year 10 and 11 opportunities to develop key skills through activities that provide ‘stretch and challenge’ and prepares them for further education.
Autumn Term – Debates held in the Library. Year 10 and 11 students are both involved, although in different ways. Year 11 students organise the topics, the format of the debate, chair the debate and split into ‘for’ and ‘against’. Year 10 students are part of the audience, and participate through asking questions and engaging with the debate. Debates take place at lunchtime every fortnight.
Spring Term – News and media. Students are arranged into small groups and aim to identify the most significant story of the fortnight. This is presented to the Scholarship group explaining what happened and why they think it is significant. It is important to use a range of news and media sources and analyse the different views of the media. These sessions will be in the Sixth Form. Students should also have opportunities to interview staff and produce a final presentation to SLT about the most significant news stories/issues of the Spring Term.
Both activities encourage students to become more aware of current events, increase their general knowledge and develop understanding of how news is reported. Research skills will also be developed through preparation for both tasks. Students should be able to use their experience of the Scholarship Group to support Sixth Form and job applications.