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All students from Year 10 upwards are encouraged to work towards The Silcoates Diploma. This is a scheme whereby students have their own diploma website to which they can add details of their extra-curricular involvement and reflect on the skills they have developed. Work experience and qualifications can also be added.
The Diploma is a digital record of the student’s all-round contribution and skills. Academic tracking for GCSE and A Level is also included and the site contains a Personal Statement and CV builder. The site allows students to upload photographs, certificates and references. The Silcoates Diploma acts as a dynamic CV, which will greatly assist the students when making university, apprenticeship or employment applications. The Diploma will be awarded in the Sixth Form at three different levels, based on the breadth of recorded experience.
The D of E award is a chance to develop leadership skills, teamwork, resilience and a practical involvement in the wider community. It stands out on a CV and tells employers a great deal about students’ commitment and drive. It offers skills for life and many hobbies, friendships and experiences gained through the award scheme will stay with those young people all their lives.