Achievement and success are not the same thing.
Achievement is something that is reached or attained, like an examination result or other goal. It is something tangible, clearly defined and measurable.
Success, in contrast, is a feeling or a state of being. The PiXL Edge aims to bring together the development of the whole person, developing confidence, and ultimately success, in young people.
The PiXL Edge is a framework for schools to develop and accredit in students those personal attributes essential for employability and life. Our framework uses the following matrix for identification of attributes in young people and the appropriate level of award. Students can use it in this format to begin to think about the actions they have taken, and need to take, and the support and help they will need in order to develop.
Throughout Key Stage 3 to 5 students will be encouraged to develop and record development in five key LORIC skills areas:
The five LORIC skills areas are designed to be developed and accredited across the Key Stages. Students can become accredited at a number of levels:
- Apprentice Level (Key Stage 3)
- Graduate (Key Stage 4/5)
- Masters (Key Stage 5)
PIXL Edge in Key Stage 3
In January of Year 7, each student will undertake a training session on the Edge: this will ensure that each student is confident in identifying, logging and evaluating their skills development. The students will be encouraged to recognise their skills development from lessons, projects, sports, clubs, responsibilities and activities outside of school.
They will be supported in this process through an ongoing rotation of Edge sessions throughout the year delivered through tutor time and supported by a team of 6th Form PiXL Edge Ambassadors. As students grow in confidence many will develop their LORIC skills profile independently outside of the tutor programme of activities.
Throughout Key Stage 3 many students will be accredited as a PiXL Edge Apprentice.
PIXL Edge in Key Stage 5
In Key Stage 5 all students are expected to engage in ongoing leadership and skills develop to supplement and enhance their academic development. From September of Year 12, students continue the development of their skills in areas which suit their strengths and future aspirations. These include areas such as:
- Departmental leadership and support
- Sports coaching and leadership
- Maths mentors
- Lunchtime supervisors
- PiXL Edge ambassadors
- Aim Higher programmes
- Work experience
Plus many more exciting responsibilities and opportunities.
In January of Year 12, once students have embedded skills over time, student will then commence their Graduate PiXL Edge programme. Due to their inherent independence, 6th Formers generally develop their PiXL Edge Graduate Profiles independently, but support is available through the Tutor programme and additional PiXL Edge Drop-In support sessions.
To view a PiXL introductory video click here.