No Limits/ATL

Employability Skills Development

Applied Transdisciplinary Learning in Year 12

Aspirations Academy schools are all providing innovative and inspirational lessons designed to engage pupils and develop all students’ employability skills. All Year 12 students, across the campus, are very fortunate to have an exciting opportunity to work in their ATL sessions on projects with real-world focus and links to local businesses. The aim is to develop skills required for success in today’s global world such as time management, project management, teamwork, leadership, communications, critical thinking and presentations skills. We hope to provide students with a broad experience of the changing world of work and allow them to develop innovation and entrepreneurship.

Local businesses and industry will be invited in to give master classes on topics such as project management, teamwork and ideation. The first assignment will run from September to December and will have involvement from amongst others Aston Martin, UTC aerospace and The Service Design Company.

By the end of the year, each student will have compiled an individual employability portfolio charting their development in 21st-century skills and their links to business and industry.

Visits
RAL
Bodleian Library Oxford
Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford
BAD Kineton armament store
Cadbury World
Ardley waste Processing plant
Grundon waste sorting site
Glass factory Prague
Skoda factory Prague

Competitions
Tomorrow Engineers Lego competition
IET Faraday challenge
Shell Energy Quest
BIE Drone competition – designing a drone to help endangered species
Oxford University Beyond boundaries competition – researching Diverse Scientists
Ada Lovelace computing challenge

The ATL involves:

  • Termly projects
  • Working in teams with input from skilled professionals
  • Research and fieldwork
  • Final presentation/exhibition