Each year the ICT department run extra curricular sessions to support students in undertaking the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award known as the iDEA Award. The aim of this course is to develop digital and enterprise skills and showcase individuals’ achievements to future employers, sparking their imagination in the process. The picture above is of past award winners and their story can be read here.

Undeterred by us not physically in the school building right now, during the final term, the department will be working with Year 9 students in their remote ICT lessons to guide them through the completion of the Bronze iDEA award. Students will be set a number of appropriate challenges known as badges across various skills to equip them to be the digital workers, makers, entrepreneurs, gamers and citizens of the future. A small number of Y9 students have already reached the Bronze Award so we’ll be encouraging them to aim for Silver before the end of term.

Those students who complete the full set of tasks by the end of term will be rewarded for their achievement. Once the required number of points have been met, students will be able to claim their Bronze certificate which is an industry recognised award known as the digital and enterprise equivalent of The Duke of Edinburgh award.

If students complete 50 or more Bronze badges they will earn the Badge Champion Special Achievement. For those students who have already completed the Bronze Award during the last year and aiming for Silver, there is also a Silver Star Special Achievement available if they unlock all of the Silver Award badges.

The ICT department are excited to be able to work alongside our students, supporting them with this fantastic opportunity to receive accreditation for all of their hard work in KS3 ICT.

Full instructions are available the Y9 ICT group on Microsoft Teams. Good luck!!