Prince’s Trust Achieve Programme
Exam Board: Prince’s Trust
Grades awarded: Level 1 and Level 2
What is The Achieve Programme?
The Achieve Programme promotes a flexible approach, using relevant, experiential learning to support young people to achieve a range of personal and employability skills and to gain qualifications. Young people work together as a group on practical learning projects, which are designed to boost their confidence, improve self-esteem, attainment, behaviour and attendance. These skills and personal qualities can support the young people to achieve more, both at school, and in the future.
Young people are encouraged to make decisions about the activities they do and take responsibility for their own work and behaviour. Students are also encouraged to take part and to learn what their most effective learning style is.
Modules can be chosen from:
Personal and Social Development: develops personal, communication and social skills in a range of situations. Young people are encouraged to think about their skills, work as part of a team and take ownership of their own development.
Life Skills: designed to empower young people with the tools to handle a range of relevant life situations. This can be through a combination of group activities, opportunities, experiences and one-to-one support to help them gain personal, social and life skills.
Active Citizenship: Helps young people to consider issues in their community and how they can positively influence changes in their area.
Enterprise Project: aims to help young people to generate ideas and business awareness as part of a group project.
Preparation for work: helps young people to identify their strengths and interests and supports the development of key employability skills, such as CV writing, interview, presentation and research.
How is The Achieve Programme assessed?
The completion of modules are accredited by the Prince’s Trust and students can gain ‘The Personal Development and Employability Skills (PDE) Qualification, at either Level 1 or Level 2. Young people collate evidence of their achievements in a variety of ways, such as diaries, annotated photographs, written reports and presentations. Students are graded at pass or fail and the portfolios of evidence are internally assessed and externally moderated.
At Langtree, the Prince’s Trust Achieve Programme has a strong element of the ‘outdoor classroom’. Currently, the Prince’s Trust class are working closely with Woodcote Parish Council, helping to develop a Conservation Project. As well as learning about Countryside Stewardship, they will also be setting up an enterprise project for fundraising activities to support the equipment and resources needed for the project.