Why have a Future Ready programme?
‘The difference between school and life is that in school you are taught a lesson and then given a test. In life you are given a test that teaches you a lesson’. (Tom Bodett - Novelist)
Microsoft and The Future Laboratory published a report which stated that 65% of today’s students will be doing jobs that don’t exist yet. The Royal School’s Future Ready Programme will help answer the increasingly pertinent question:
‘How can we prepare a generation of students for their future careers when we have no idea what those careers might be?
Objectives of the Future Ready Programme
To provide opportunities beyond the traditional curriculum to develop future skills. Not what to think, how to think. To teach pupils how to understand, control and create technology the right way and to develop the whole person by teaching pupils about self-awareness.
Our Future Ready Programme instils the following reflective mindsets and behaviours to help pupils make choices and develop behaviours to improve their wellbeing and to cope when the unexpected and challenging occurs.
- I think of solutions when I meet a problem
- I keep going when tasks are difficult
- I ask myself ‘What shall I try next?’
- I see the bigger picture
- I express ideas imaginatively
- I value originality and produce original work
- I respond to my teachers’ feedback
- I use understanding of myself to help me progress
- I empathise with others which helps my understanding
- I work effectively with any given person
- I can be a leader or a team player
- I offer and adapt my contributions to help reach a common goal
- I do things without being asked
- I look ahead to see what I can do next
- I suggest ideas to help improve outcomes
Years 7 and 8 – The power of the word
Year 9 – Becoming a strategist
Years 10 & 11 – Metacognition for self and surroundings.
Alongside the Future Ready mindset and behaviours being embedded across the curriculum Senior School pupils have weekly dedicated time to develop in three main areas; to ensure they are:
- Practically Ready
- Intellectually Ready
- Emotionally Ready
Includes: ICT Literacy; business, events and project building skills; public speaking; career awareness and guidance.
Pupils are equipped with the skills to plan, monitor, evaluate and make changes to their own learning behaviours.
Including opportunities to develop skills in: Research; presentation; creation; as well as cultural awareness of the professional, international community.
Practical approaches to improve wellbeing. Reflection on self-assessed personalised targets and objectives for every task. Wellbeing as a focus point for supporting development.