Students took part in a day-long project aimed at boosting their employability skills. The event was organised by Sarah Oldfield, vice principal at Regent Sixth Form College in Leicester and it will contribute towards her NPQH qualification.
She said: ‘The day was structured around a murder mystery and it included key employability skills such as verbal communication, initiative, teamwork, analysing, planning and numeracy.The key thing for me was the plenary session where students talked about what they did and how they performed, both as a team and individuals. I introduced the project in the morning and the day was rounded off with each tutor group doing a presentation on what they had understood and learned.’
Assistant Principal Miss Watts and all the year 9 tutors liaised with Ms Oldfield regarding the project. She said: ‘We have tried to build in a lot of competition so there are prizes for best newspaper article, best tutor group and best video. The year 9 tutors were the key element to this day; they had a rare opportunity to work with their tutor groups all day, to delve into the murder mystery and to explore a plethora of techniques to solve the crime. The feedback from students reflected their appreciation for this time to be with their tutors, and they seem to have gained a greater understanding of the employability skills that they will need in the very near future.