Year 12 students win AEP Final!

The National Aspirations Employability Portfolio (AEP) Final took place at Rivers Academy, London on Thursday 30 March. Over 30 groups of students from London, Poole and Banbury were in competition to showcase their employability skills of leadership, communication, teamwork, action planning, problem solving, creativity and initiative, time management, and research and development. These are all vital for developing transferrable skills for the 21st century and will enable students to 'market themselves' with future employers or university admissions.

The cross campus team of Banbury Academy and Space Studio students have been working on real-life projects such as redeveloping Kidderminster Station and designing tunnels at Heathrow Airport. Their project for their client, Digital Schoolhouse, was their presentation to employers, councillors and senior leaders from across AAT for the final of the AEP competition.

The Digital Schoolhouse project brief required the students to produce a game to teach primary school children about computer science concepts such as algorithms and abstraction. It involved game design, research into the psychology of learning and engagement, trialling prototypes and creating a game and teacher pack to be available online for schools to download. Students were assessed in terms of how well they fulfilled the client brief; their planning skills, research and market testing, reflection, trouble shooting, leadership, teamwork, the quality of their presentation skills and communication.

The other teams were good - but Banbury showed true rigour in their project management skills and ability to function as a team with clear roles and focused goals.

Mr Deakin (Director of Teaching) said 'Our students excelled themselves in all aspects of this competition. Their professionalism and skill-set are admirable. These are clear future leaders who have the edge as a result of the opportunity that the AEP has given them'.

Aspirations Employability Portfolio is a project-based programme involving all year 12 students at Banbury Academy and Space Studio Banbury - designed to build the skills and attitudes essential for success in the modern workplace.

The students were delighted with their win and as Xandra, team leader noted 'Winning is a great feeling, it inspires you to win some more!'

The winning team were Michael, Xandra, Kerstin (SSB), Halema, Ismael and Aleena.

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