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What is the KS4/16+ YLA?

The KS4/+16 Award is a fully resourced leadership, character education and personal development programme for delivery within schools. Based on the concept of running a race the Award focuses on developing core skills for life after school and the work place.  

Explore core leadership topics including communication, teamwork, conflict resolution, decision making, problem solving, critical thinking and coaching. Take part in apprentice style challenges to serve local communities.

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What is the KS4/16+ Award?

How will it fit in our school?

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

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How will it fit in our school?

How much does it cost?

The Short Course costs £19 per pupil + VAT and the Full Course costs £29 + VAT. This includes access to all of the online teaching and learning materials, planning and assessment materials, a certificate on completion for each pupil, a school completion certificate and training and support for participating teachers.

Please contact us about discounts available if you would like to sign up more than 180 pupils.

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What is the KS4/16+ Award?
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Explore 20 leadership skills and 20 character virtues, supporting your students to develop in the following areas:

Module 1
Communication &
Communication & Teamwork
Module 2
Problem solving
& Critical Thinking
Problem Solving & Critical Thinking
Module 3
Conflict Resolution &
Managing Others
Conflict Resolution & Managing Others
Module 4
Coaching &
Mentoring Others
Coaching & Mentoring Others
Module 5
Decision Making
& Planning
Decision Making & Planning
Module 6
& Presentation
Communication & Presentation

There are two versions of KS4/16+ YLA

Full course diagram

Full Course
Modules 1-6

Delivered one hour a week over two years.

Short course diagram

Short course
Modules 1-3

Delivered one hour a week over one year or one hour a fortnight over two years.

Each module takes the following form:



Skills Based Activities



Apprentice Style Challenge



Volunteering in the Community



Setting Personal Targets

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Fairfield High School - KS4 Case Study

What did they do?

Key Stage 4 young leaders arranged a whole school event to raise funds for a local charity, Prevent Breast Cancer. Being an all-girl school the young leaders particularly identified with the work of the charity. They arranged for the whole school to take part in a sponsored run hoping to raise £1,000. Each pupil chose to either walk, run or skip a tenth of a marathon around the route the young leaders created. To their surprise the young leaders ended up with a fundraising total of over £5,000!

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Malton school case study

Young Leaders Quote:

"I have really enjoyed the Young Leaders Award because it’s taught me a lot of skills that I didn’t have before, like patience and learning to cooperate and understanding other people’s points of view. "

How is the YLA delivered?
Typically delivered with Year 9 and 10 or Year 10 and 11, or Year 12
Works best embedded
within curriculum time (PSHE/Enrichment/Citizenship)
Full Course (70 hours) or Short Course (39 hours) option for delivery
Digital resource platform with
on-screen interactive content, includes: teacher planning and student activities
Ideas for leadership challenges and online Teacher Assessment Rubric
Option of online student access including work submission, digital workbooks and skills reflection
Certificates and badges on completion
3 levels of Award: Developing, Accomplished and Exemplary Leader

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KS4/ 16+ news

KS4/ 16+
Young People Leading Climate Action at National Conference '23
February 7, 2023

We supported over 80 young leaders from six different secondary schools from across the country in a series of interactive workshops that enabled them to share, problem solve and expand their own unde

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Impact of the YLA
June 7, 2022

We visited Essa Academy to find out what impact the Young Leaders Award was having on the students and teachers.

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School Story: KS4 Young Leaders Raise £5k for Cancer Charity
January 24, 2022

Key Stage 4 pupils from Fairfield High School for Girls arranged a whole school event to raise funds for a local charity, Prevent Breast Cancer.

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