The Challenger Diploma
At KCA students are encouraged to focus on character development and virtues alongside academic development. High performing academic outcomes feature alongside highly motivated citizens with understanding of moral and social values and with the ability to act on them.
The Challenger Diploma is comprised of a bespoke programme for each young person focussed on their own development and in a way that reflects their passions and interests while ensuring that they acquire the necessary skills, attributes and understanding to see how they fit into society and can be instrumental in its security and positive legacy.
All students will achieve regular awards within the Challenger Diploma, whatever age they are at, through practicing and demonstrating character attributes. This will be demonstrated through a series of focussed and planned experiences leading to the evidence of the development of key character attributes.
Levels and Awards
The diploma is delivered at four levels: novice, apprentice, graduate and master and with bronze, silver and gold awards in each category. This means that students can maintain the diploma activities throughout their school careers and build a personal profile that can be used for applications to secondary schools as well as job and university applications. The diploma also recognises and accredits qualifications taken outside of school time such as ABRSM music examination grades as well as many others in areas if sport, the arts and many other programmes.
The character virtues will be developed through a wide variety of personal and collective activities undertaken with the purpose of providing the opportunities to practice the virtues, experience the feeling and gain the personal and collective rewards through actions beyond their current experience.
We believe that through engaging in the Challenger Diploma, children and young people develop a desire to learn and a tendency to embrace challenges, persist in the face of setbacks, see effort as the path to mastery, learn from feedback and criticism and find lessons and inspiration in the success of others. As a result they achieve ever-higher levels of achievement and excellence.
The Attributes are divided into four areas; Challenge, Ambition, Motivation and Team work.
There are 12 attributes in the challenge area which include confidence, discipline, loyalty and resilience. 11 in ambition which include curiosity, determination, resourcefulness and strategy. 9 in motivation which include commitment, persistence, pride and service. 12 in team work which include critical thinking, flexibility, judgement and empathy.
Friday Challenger Diploma Lesson
To encourage greater participation in Challenger Diploma and widen students’ skills, KCA has created a programme that allows all academy students to have a 1 hour a week session in their timetables so that they can develop the different attributes.
Each Term student’s choose an activity to follow. With each activity staff have identified 5 key attributes that the student will develop by completing the activity. At the end of each term the students will have the opportunity to record their achievements and celebrate if they have reached one of the awards.
Activities offered in these lessons include:
Writing the schools newsletter
Confidence building through song
Sudoku and Kenken puzzles
Duke of Edinburgh
Google arts and culture
Craft and create
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