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  • You are invited...We are thrilled to announce our upcoming Student Celebration

    events, which will be taking place across the country in July. We believe passionately that celebrating students success can be

    a powerful tool in boosting confidence and motivation, as well as sustaining engagement.

    These events are the first of their kind for the Edge and we would love for as many of our schools to be involved as possible. Please find the dates below:

    7th July Hope Academy, Merseyside10th July Sir John Colfox Academy, Dorset11th July Manor High School, Leicester12th July Charters School, Berkshire

    Students will be presented with an extra-special limited edition certificate on stage, and will be treated to an inspirational speaker as well as performances from the host school. If your students have completed either the Apprentice or Graduate levels, please do consider joining us at these events.

    But what if none of your students have completed the Apprentice or Graduate level yet? we hear you cry!

    We have a series of special awards for students who have excelled (or are excelling) in specific areas of the Edge. For more information on how to nominate your students for the special awards, please turn to page 3.

    They promise to be a great opportunity to come together as a network of schools, and applaud the hard work that staff and students have put in to the scheme. The Edge has come a long way since its conception three years ago, and we would love the opportunity to thank you for the integral part that you have played in our journey.

    Reserve your places now by emailing Hannah@pixl.org.uk

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    Competition time:One of your students could win the opportunity to meet and interview Ore Oduba! Ore is a sports broadcaster and 2016 champion of Strictly Come Dancing (not to mention star of the Edges LORIC videos!)

    One lucky student will be selected to travel to London on 15th June and interview Ore at the O2 Academy, where he will be the guest speaker at the PiXL Primary Competition.

    Find out more on the next page!

    WELCOME

    May 2017

  • Celebrating SuccessCompetition time

    About the prize: Just one lucky student will be chosen to travel to London on 15th June (along with a member of staff and a friend) to interview Ore at the O2 academy, where he is speaking at the PiXL Primary Celebration

    event. (PiXL will pay for the travel to and from the venue).

    The winning student will have sole responsibility for planning the interview questions, and ensuring that the conversation flows a real test of all their LORIC attributes, especially communication and initiative!

    The interview will be professionally filmed and edited, with the resulting video being made available to all Edge schools as an additional teaching resource.

    How students apply: This competition is open to all secondary Edge students, from Years 7 to 13.

    When students log in to their Edge account, they will see a box at the top of their profile explaining the competition and a link to the online application form.

    The application form gives students the opportunity to tell us about why they want to interview Ore, as well as giving us examples of the sorts of questions they want to ask.

    Applications must be received by Sunday 21st May and the winning student will be announced on 26th May.

    Do you have any budding broadcasters, presenters or journalists?We have just the competition for them: winning the opportunity to interview broadcaster, presenter and journalist, Ore Oduba!

    Top Tips: Students should remember that the recorded interview will be used as an Edge resource, and therefore their questions should encompass LORIC in some way.

    Students should re-watch the LORIC videos that Ore has made for us in the past, for any clues and ideas for questions!

    Students may want to find videos of Ore interviewing other people, to get a feel for his preferred interview style as this may come in helpful!

    We cant wait to read their applications best of luck to all who apply!

    Calling all budding journalists...

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  • Celebrating SuccessSpecial Awards

    PiXL Edge Special AwardsAs well as celebrating the achievement of all our new Apprentice and Graduate students, we want the Edge Celebrations to be an opportunity to applaud those students who have really taken aspects of the Edge to heart whether they have completed a full level yet or not.

    Please see below for an outline of the available Special Awards. At each Celebration, a Regional Winner will be announced. From these regional winners, an overall National Winner will be invited to the PiXL Student Celebration in October!

    Staff can nominate a maximum of two students per award. The deadline for nominations is 26th May.

    To nominate your students, please email Hannah@pixl.org.uk to request the guidance documents and nomination forms.

    LORIC Awards

    Wellbeing Award

    Them and Us Award

    Apprentice of the Year and Graduate of the Year

    Individual prizes for Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication. These five awards will be presented to the students who have gone above and beyond expectations, and who have made a concerted effort to develop one or more of the LORIC skills.

    For the student who has championed the importance of health and wellbeing in their school or community through their Edge activities.

    For the student who has embraced the principles at the heart of the Them and Us resources Acts of Kindness, Living Without Harm and Respect in their Edge activities.

    For the students who have excelled across all five attributes, at either Apprentice or Graduate level.

    Them Us&

    Wellbeing

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  • PiXL EdgeNew resources

    LORICNew graduate resources are now available for Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication. These follow the same style as the Apprentice level tutor time activities, but have been written to be more appropriate for KS4 students. The topics covered in the new resources are outlined below.

    New Edge resources now live

    Organisation (3 x sessions) The qualities of an organised person. Self-reflection and why managing time is

    crucial. Skills for future success, adopting the right

    mindset and reflecting on how you spend your time.

    Initiative (3 x sessions) What is initiative and what is the impact of

    showing it? The fact that effort is more important than the

    result.

    Leadership (3 x sessions) Effective leadership what is it, how does it

    affect an outcome and why do we need it. Leaders we know what makes them good or

    bad leaders and does this affect their success. Leaders in my life setting a good example and

    how being a good leader can help my future.

    Resilience (3 x sessions) How resilient are you in your life and how does

    resilience impact your success. What makes us give up when the going gets

    tough? Resilience for employability and further

    education is it something I can change now?

    Communication (3 x sessions) Different types of communication and its

    impact. What can go wrong and first impressions;

    interview skills and creating your CV. The change in technology, the impact of

    social media and how you can create the right balance in your life.

    Them and Us Following the success of the Year 7 and Year 8 programmes the Graduate resources (KS4 and KS5) are now live. These resources explore in greater depth, Acts of Kindness, Respect and Living without Harm and inspire students to see where and how they can contribute to create kinder, more respectful communities (and a society at large). As with all Edge resources, students are able to enact and learn experientially how to grow in this regard through completing graduate-level activities suggested in the resources.

    Them Us&

    Leadership Organisation

    Initiative Communication

    Resilience

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  • Wellbeing My Mind resources for KS3/4 and KS5, in addition to the existing resources on My Health. The KS3/4 My Mind resources were released back in January. For colleagues who have not yet had a chance to look at them in detail, please find an overview of the 21 sessions below.

    Mindset Healthy mind and body Mind training Mental toughness Determination

    Self-management Preparation Coping strategies Self-control Support network

    Healthy body/Healthy mind Link between a healthy body

    and healthy mind How to maintain good physical

    and mental health Importance of physical activity

    for the brain, mental health and dealing with stress

    Emotionally fit Positivity and self-awareness Building self-esteem Strategies to deal with feelings

    such as anxiety, sadness and mood swings

    Being emotionally fit

    Mental health Addressing stigma Understanding mental health

    conditions Signs and symptoms of mental

    health Supporting family, friends and

    yourself with mental wellbeing Strategies to overcome mood

    changes and depression

    Self Management Coping skills and strategies to

    deal with exam and life stress Overcoming life and wellbeing

    challenges Managing life pressures

    Building resilience Mental toughness Self-determination and

    motivation Positive psychology and

    personal strategies to bounce back

    Overcoming setbacks and coping when things get tough

    Mind training Growth and Fixed Mindset Coping with failure and

    developing confidence Mindset strategies

    Feelings Emotions Mental health Positivity Self-awareness

    Focus Goal setting Strategy Belief Motivation

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