Duke of Edinburgh
As we continue to grow, improve and broaden the provision at Evergreen School, we are excited to soon be adding the Duke of Edinburgh Award to our (DofE) curriculum! DofE offers pupils aged 14-25 years old the opportunity to gain and practice a wide range of unique and essential life, living, independence and social skills. The award has four areas which, throughout the school year, pupils will participate in; Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. More information about these areas and what they consist of is shown below.
At Evergreen School, we are offering all pupils aged 14-19 the opportunity to participate in the Bronze Award which will start in September 2021. This will give our pupils endless fantastic opportunities to develop their confidence, independence, social skills, self-esteem, teamwork skills, life skills, employability skills and access lots of new and different activities that will broaden their horizons. DofE is now an award that is known and admired worldwide and is looked on favourably by colleges and employers for when our students look towards gaining further education and employment.
Duke of Edinburgh really can be a catalyst for your young person to enjoy new experiences, put themselves outside of their comfort zone and learn new skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. With the support from familiar and experienced teaching staff in school and expert external outdoor activity leaders, the opportunities that DofE brings with it are priceless!
The Bronze Award
Some example activities that your young person may wish to choose for each of the sections could be:
Some useful links…
Here are a range of useful links that provide some more information about the Duke of Edinburgh Award and programme.
Duke of Edinburgh website: https://www.dofe.org/
Parents Information: https://www.dofe.org/do/parents/
Activity Ideas: https://www.dofe.org/do/ideas/
When we have a final group of pupils that wish to participate in the award, we will be in touch to arrange an information evening for parents and carers!
Evergreen school are lucky enough to have not one, but two Forest School settings, one at each school site! Pupils access the Forest School areas throughout the week, spending time outdoors to explore, build and play. Pupils have opportunities to learn about the world around them and the animals and plants that live alongside us. They are encouraged to build confidence through pupil-led learning, taking the lead in their Forest School sessions after different activities planned by Evergreen’s Forest School Leaders. As pupils progress through the years at Evergreen School, there will be opportunities for tool use, fire lighting, outdoor cooking, and shelter building, developing transferrable skills for life!
Deansway Site Forest School
Brittain Lane Forest School
Last September Evergreen School formed a Green Team. The Green Team is adult-led at the moment, due to national restrictions. This hasn’t stopped the students getting involved though! The Green Team have implemented:
- Upcycling projects
- Litter picking
- Environmental displays
- Large scale recycling of batteries, crisp packets and old plastic pens!
- House plants around the school
- Growing potatoes at Deansway
The school has achieved such a variety of environmental aid in a very short time!
Evergreen School have entered into a programme called Eco-Schools which is in association with ‘Keep Britain Tidy’. Schools need to work through various topics to earn a Green Flag Award. This enables the school to be recognised as an environmentally friendly school.
Evergreen has achieved both Bronze and Silver Award from Eco-Schools across both sites which has been a great collaborative effort from both staff and students. Two displays from the Brittain Lane Site have even been put on the Eco-schools website because the assessor was so pleased with them! (see below)
In Art lessons, Wren Group have focused on the environment and recycling. They were inspired to create their art installation (pictured below), from a piece of art titled, “Where Does the Rubbish Go?” which used bottle tops to make a scenic landscape and old plastic bottles to create a sea creature.
The purpose of creating their display was to show that, with a little creativity, ‘rubbish’ can be reused and re-loved whilst raising awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans. Pupils in Evergreen are very eco-friendly and are particularly motivated during lessons that touch on environmental issues.
Evergreen has a whole-school topic titled, ‘Saving Our Planet’ and created this display to highlight their work on this theme. The board includes artwork and posters students have designed and created, to raise awareness of environmental issues amongst their schoolmates and staff members. It also includes letters pupils wrote to Sir David Attenborough. These letters thanked him for making enjoyable programmes, raising awareness of environmental issues and generally being a massive inspiration to all of Evergreen’s students and staff! Amazingly, Sir David replied thanking students for their kind words and that he is glad Evergreen students are doing their best to protect the planet too!
We plan to secure the Green Flag Award by the end of the academic year!
The Green Team
Preparing for Adulthood
Evergreen School’s sixth form department is a thriving and exciting environment to be in. Our main aim is to prepare our young people for adult life. Our inclusive curriculum is able to evolve with the ever-changing needs of the students and incorporates work based and practical activities that develop the life and work skills all our young people need to feel successful and fulfilled.
We offer a variety of accredited courses including, Asdan Personal Progress, Functional Skills in English and Mathematics and Open Awards Skills for Further Learning and Employment. We also link our curriculum closely into the four EHCP areas for post-16 students:
- Friends, Relationships and Community Inclusion
- Learning and Employment Related Skills Independence
- Life skills and Community living skills
- Health & Psychological Well-being
Transition Out of School Process
- School will fund and arrange an independent careers interview for every young person in year 7, year 9 and every year from year 11 upwards
- Annual Reviews for leavers will be held in Autumn Term
- Aspirations and career pathways will be discussed at the annual review and logged under Looking Forward (Section I of EHCP) this will be sent to SENDAR. SENDAR may attend the annual reviews of pupils who we know are leaving at the end of the academic year.
- A preference form from the LA will be sent home in the Autumn term (by Evergreen) for all students year 11 upwards. This needs to be returned to school and school will send this off to the local authority by the end of November.
- Please note, SENDAR will always consult with the nearest mainstream FE college to determine if the student’s needs can be met and the support be delivered, as outlined in Section F of the EHCP
- The LA will update the young person’s EHCP, parents will receive a notice to amend from SENDAR
- It is the parents’/carers’ responsibility to start looking at and visiting colleges at least a year before they plan to leave (preferably two years).
- School will share any information we receive about open days form other colleges and a careers fair will be held in the Autumn Term at Evergreen
- The parents/carers need to apply for the courses that their young person wishes to attend
- The young person will then be invited for an interview and maybe a taster day. Parents will be expected to support these visits, however school will also organise transition visits for local colleges / specialist provision.
- Once a place has been offered to your young person, the college will then contact Evergreen school and ask us for the information that they require. This will include attainment levels for English and Maths and/or any other courses that they are expected to successfully complete.
- Evergreen School will send any relevant information as and when requested by the many different colleges, this usually includes an updated EHCP and any other multi-disciplinary reports and medical information that we hold.
- It is our responsibility to send safeguarding logs within the first week of the young person starting college.
- Please note that Evergreen school is not required to send all information held in school for your young person.
- The college will ask parents and carers at a later date to see the certificates for any accredited courses that the young person has completed successfully.
- The exam boards will send us the certificates by the end of November. Evergreen School will then host an awards evening where students will receive their certificates attained from the previous year. This event will usually take place during December. Please note that we cannot legally post the certificates; they must be collected in person. We do not replace certificates if they are lost (parents/carers would need to apply to the relevant examine board for replacement certificates). Parents/carers must keep them safe as there is a significant charge to replace them.
Aa little about Career Seekers Direct and what to expect at the Preparation for Adulthood interviews Career Seekers Direct