What is the KS1 YLA?

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

Explore the topics of kindness, perseverance, teamwork and action through interactive activities and challenges. Follow Gracie’s story as she learns to be a leader.

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What is the KS1 Award?

How will it fit in our school?

For our English schools, the Award has strong links to SMSC, British Values, PSHE, Character Education, Citizenship, RE and SIAMS.  

For our Welsh schools, the Award has strong links to the four purposes, fostering cynefin and developing important life skills. It contributes to areas of learning and experience in the RVE and RSE curriculums.

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How will it fit in our school?

How much does it cost?

The Award is available to purchase in group box sizes of small 15 learners (£180+ VAT), 25 learners (£300 +VAT), and 35 learners (£420 +VAT). These can be purchased in different combinations to meet your learner needs and includes a Young Leaders Passport book and set of stickers for each learner. It also includes your license for the year to our online platform with all the teaching and learning materials and training and support for participating teachers. Individual certificates will also be sent out on completion.

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What is the KS1 Award?
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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 Young Leaders support local dementia group
December 6, 2022

KS1 pupils from Berwick St Marys CE First School chose to reach out to members of their community suffering with Dementia and Alzheimer's while taking part in the Young Leaders Award.

Celebrating the Key Stage 1 Young Leaders Award
January 12, 2022

In 2019 we launched our Key Stage 1 Young Leaders Award which has to date been completed by over 8,600 pupils aged 5-7 years.

School Story: KS1 Pupils Support Local Foodbank
November 9, 2021

Key Stage 1 Pupils at Holy Trinity First School really embraced their Young Leaders Award journey as they explored kindness, perseverance, teamwork and action to help their community.