- Prepare students for different styles of teaching in Higher Education
- Provide the inspiration to attend a leading university
- Ensure the opportunities they receive rival the best state and independent schools.
- Challenge our most able students academically
- Ensure our students have the right information to make the right decisions for Higher Education
- Challenge Club Seminars
- Academic Research Project
- Challenge Club Passport
How do we keep in contact?We expect our Challenge Club students to be proactive and independent in keeping in contact with their lead teacher for deadlines and information. Messages will be sent to students’ school email address, Insight messages to parents, tutor daily bulletins and finally the Challenge Club noticeboard which is located between the main hall and the languages classrooms.
What rewards are involved in the Challenge Club?Students in the Challenge Club are certainly rewarded through the opportunities given to them through the seminars, the passport and the year 9 university trip. Once the Academic Research Project is completed and marks submitted, students and parents will then be invited in to attend a Presentation Evening in the Spring Term. On this evening students will receive their certificates and feedback and any students achieving a ‘First’ will receive an additional prize. After the presentations students and parents have the opportunity to look at all of the work produced as well as listen to some sample presentations. In the summer term the students then participate in the Challenge Club Passport and once more are able to achieve different levels of recognition and prizes for their efforts.
How can parents help?
- Encourage them with their project by helping them think of an interesting angle for their project – make it unique and exciting even ground-breaking!
- Discuss their research with them and offer alternative research methods
- Help them follow the guidance for referencing their findings
- Support them to try new activities as part of the challenge club
- Nurture a debating environment at home
- Ensure they stick to the deadlines and are aware of seminar dates emailed through Insight.
Challenge Club Seminars
Throughout the Academic Year we will be providing seminars on skills that we think will help students in Higher Education or further careers and also assist the students in successfully completing their Academic Research Projects.
These will be delivered by university students, senior leadership or external speakers and they will take place in a meeting room (room 12) rather than classrooms to be more in line with business meetings and university seminars. Sessions may include topics such as:
Research Development Skills Project Handling Presentation Skills Interpersonal Skills Debating Skills
In addition to this year 9 Challenge Club students will have the opportunity to attend the University of Nottingham to get a flavour of university life.
Further details of times and locations of these seminars will be communicated through school email once confirmed. All students are expected to attend all seminars and catch up on any work missed but we will ensure the seminars fall on different days to avoid impacting the same lessons.
What format should I present my work in?You should present your findings in 2 formats: d 1) In the style of a written project: e.g. presented in a ring binder, booklet or in essay form. , 2) In the form of a 2minute presentation. The presentation will be carried out in front of your tutor group and will be assessed by either your tutor, your Academic Mentor, your Head of House or a member of the Senior Leadership Team. This must include a Power-point presentation and a ‘speech’ to accompany the presentation. Although this may be nerve-wracking – remember this is the Challenge Club and you will only grow and develop if you challenge yourself to new situations! We will also provide a seminar on presentation skills and how best to captivate the attention of your audience!
How do we mark the Academic Research project?Students will be graded according to university grade boundaries for their written work and they will be marked by staff who have an expertise in the subject.
The Scholar’s Program – The Brilliant ClubIn year 10 we invite students to apply for an externally provided program by the Brilliant Club called the Scholar’s Program. Students will be asked to submit a letter outlining why they would benefit from being selected and these will be judged by staff on criteria including spelling and grammar, presentation, originality and student competencies. This scheme offers two university trips including a graduation ceremony with parents and 6 sessions with a PHD tutor. The attached PowerPoint shows the opportunities available in this prestigious scheme. 9. Brilliant Club Scholars programme This year our first cohort of mixed year 9 and 10 students completed the scheme and the below table shows their results. Moderated Marks Report Joseph Whitaker School – Grace Harvey – Final Marks – Spring Placements 2016-17
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