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What is the KS3 YLA?

The KS3 Award is a fully resourced leadership and character education programme for delivery within schools. It supports students to become confident and resilient leaders, who develop a growth mindset, become independent thinkers and good communicators, and who have compassion and care for their communities.

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What is the KS3 YLA?

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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Students complete 3 modules...

10 hours classroom
- Christian faith in action
- Inspiring leaders and their example
- Charities changing communities
5 hours classroom & 5 hours project planning
- Servant leadership and bringing hope
- Society and its challenges
- Transforming community through action
1 hour classroom & 10+ volunteering hours
- 3 x personal volunteering projects
- School community project
- Local community project
- Final assessment/reflection session
Character cards 1

The KS3 YLA focuses on developing
nine leadership skills and
nine key character virtues.

Leadership & Character
Character cards 2

Trinity CE School, Carlisle - KS3 Case Study

What did they do?

KS3 students created bags of courage, containing a KitKat, tea bag and poem, which were hand-delivered to staff at the council, railway station, to local shops, taxi drivers and charity workers throughout the town centre. Another group wanted to celebrate the 70th birthday of the National Health Service by baking seventy cakes to say ‘Thank you.’ They delivered them to every hospital ward and NHS centre across the city.

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Trinity Carlisle Case Study

Teacher Quote:

"Our students have gained an insight into their capabilities and have thought about their strengths and weaknesses in leadership and character. They have explored what it means to be vulnerable in our society and, through their actions, have discovered that they themselves have experienced joy. In giving of themselves to serve the needs of others,they have found purpose and fulfilment."

How is the YLA delivered?
Typically delivered with Year 7 or Year 8 students
Often embedded within curriculum time (RE, PSHE, Citizenship lessons)
21 taught sessions and volunteering time (1 hour a week over 2 terms or a year)
Downloadable resources with all teacher planning and student activities
101 Ideas for Action Projects
Student and Teacher Assessment Rubric
Certificates and badges on completion
3 levels of Award: Developing, Accomplished and Exemplary Leader

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KS3 news

School Story: Standing Up For Suicide Prevention – Falinge Park Secondary School
January 4, 2021

A group of Key Stage 3 pupils recently stood up for suicide prevention, decorating a bridge, that is commonly used by people contemplating or committing suicide, with messages of hope.

School Story: Visiting Parliament, Meeting Holocaust Survivors and Supporting Care Homes
July 28, 2020

“It has helped us learn about equality and has built our teamwork and resilience.”

School Story: Year 7 Young Leaders Support Shielding Care Home Residents
July 17, 2020

Year 7 Young Leaders at Bingley Grammar School decided to honour the spirit of Ramadan during lockdown by supporting the residents of Thompson Court Care Home in Crossflatts who were shielding.

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