What is the KS1 YLA?

The KS1 Award is a fully resourced leadership and character education programme where pupils consider the needs of their local community and build habits of helping others.

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What is the KS1 Award?

How will it fit in our school?

The Award has strong links to SMSC, British Values, PSHE, Character Education, Citizenship, RE and SIAMS.

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How will it fit in our school?
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Explore the theme ‘Small Steps, Big Changes’

Gracie's Stories
Follow Gracie’s journey as she learns about being a leader, through a bespoke set of illustrated stories.
Gracie's Crest
Interactive and engaging activities include stories, a song, big discussion questions, famous leader stories, interviewing community leaders and Bible stories.
Character Steps
Pupils take part in 3 school challenges and a community action project to put their kindness, perseverance and teamwork into action.

Driffield C of E Infant School - KS1 Case Study

What did they do?

Pupils were inspired to help their local Foodbank after learning about its increased need at Christmas. They organised a ‘Christmas Fun Day’ for their school where pupils brought in donations for Christmas hampers for the Foodbank and were overwhelmed with donations creating almost 50 hampers!

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Driffield Infant Case Study

Teacher Quote:

" The children are far more aware of how they can help others on a large scale through supporting charities and on a small scale with everyday small acts of kindness. Through the Award, foundations have been laid to make compassionate citizens of the future. "

Driffield Infant Class Photo
How is the YLA delivered?
Digital resource platform with all teacher planning and pupil activities
Individual ‘Young Leader Passport’ booklets, stickers and certificates for pupils
Flexible delivery models - we recommend at least a term
Suitable for mixed age classes

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Read our KS1 news

KS1 Pupils Spread Joy with Sunflowers
July 6, 2021

Year 1 pupils from Esh C of E (Aided) Primary School took part in our KS1 Young Leaders Award (YLA) this year where they explored the themes of kindness, perseverance, teamwork and action.

Esh C of E Primary’s Young Leaders Award Story
August 17, 2020

15 Year 1 children at Esh C of E Primary in Durham have just completed their Young Leaders Award learning about kindness, perseverance and teamwork.

The Benefits of Early Character Education
May 18, 2020

Children have enormous potential to make a positive difference to people and society around them and ultimately to change our world for the better.

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