Friday, 8 March 2019

Gradualtion from Year 10 to 11

Dear Year 10

The information on what you need to include in this folder can be found here R:\Subjects\Key Stage 4\Personal Development\Year 11\ROA.  There is a powerpoint to go through in tutor time together with the folder of templates that students can save into their own area to complete.


Students should fill up their ROA folders as follows:

  • Keep first pocket empty for Graduation booklet and checklist (Grad booklet given in Jan of Year 11)
  • Contents page
  • Personal Statement
  • CV
  • Then other documents, KS4 certificates and evidence of volunteering or involvement with outside clubs etc.  However things like their swim badge certificate at KS2 or 3 is not needed!


What do you do as a Tutor?

  • Keep a check on how ROA’s are going.  These are handed in March/April in Y11.
  • When signing the Check List off for Merit or Distinction evidence must be seen as a photo/letter for any volunteering/clubs etc and students to put this evidence in ROA.
  • DofE = Distinction if signed off on checklist by MAU.  

This Year’s Graduation ceremony for current Y11’s will be on Wednesday 8th May 2020 at the Effingham Hotel and you are more than welcome to come along and see it.

How exciting for you as we prepare your now for life beyond year 11

Mr T

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Wonderful Wednesday Tutor Time - Preparing for the Year 11 Entry Exams...

Dear Year 10

What did you think about yesterdays assembly?

How amazing that a deaf girl can learn to speak and be so driven to do so very well.

Once Zac has done our weekly 'Uniform Police' and 'Equipment Check' we can start to focus our minds on the Year 11 Entry Exams.

This is week 24.  Only 16 weeks before this year is done.  For year 11 they only have 5 weeks of lessons left and 5 weeks to revise before their first exams before the May half term in 2020 and after the May half term before their longest summer holiday ever.

Anyway here is your first resource to get you in the right frame of mind for the next chapter in your GCSE journey.

Surrounding yourself with the right support and building capacity to do more than just cope!

Does anyone remember this - The 7 Habits of a Successful Person

Happy Wednesday

Mr T

Review of documents and start evaluation of documents

Dear Year 13

A couple of points that might need explaining:

The review of documents – this involves at least THREE other students reviewing YOUR documents to see what works well and what would could be even better if.... 

The template is in resources (see attached also below).  You need to have 3 people review your documents so for 13D please put yourself into groups of 4 and for 13B start in groups of 3 and then swap with one other person.

The review document is attached below too an also in shared.  Print three off and give one copy to each of three people you respect and trust and then collect it in to use for your review. 


Evaluation of documents – this involves report writing and the structure is in resources too (see attached).  Clearly you need to refer to the individual reviews done by your peers and keep this like you would your research documents as this is what they will then be.


The interview skills powerpoint is also attached below as well as in resources and gives you some pointers before you start being interviewed.  You will need to dress professionally for the interviews, we will record them digitally, and we will also write observation forms about them. 


13B you are on track at the moment, 13D you are slightly behind as you missed a lesson or two on Inset day and didn’t know what to do so it may be that the both groups aim to get to the same point by the end of this week.

The interviews will be our next challenge which the wonderful Mrs Goss will organise in due course

  1. Review of documents - 3 people to complete one each for each pack created.
  2. Report writing structure for your planning and evaluation
  3. Interview skills powerpoint

Monday, 4 March 2019

P2 Describe the sales skills used by sales staff in three different selling situations.

Dear Year 12 L2

Our second challenge of this unit is P2

Part 2 – Sales Skills and Different Selling Situations (P2)


Skill One: Sales preparation skills

Describe a situation where a staff member at the business would need to prepare appearance, subject knowledge and communication skills (think about a situation where a new model of hot tub comes in and sales staff are not familiar with it – what would they need to do in order to be knowledgeable and give accurate information? You also need to talk about appearance and good communication skills)



Skill Two: Sales Techniques

Describe how a staff member at the business would have to have good cold calling or face to face to communication skills (think about a sales representative giving potential customers a follow up call after meeting them at the weekend. They would try and persuade them that they should come back in and view it again, or perhaps offer them a discount to try and close the deal)

Think about vocal presentation and listening skills as well as being persuasive but not pushy


Skill Three: Understanding customers

Describe a situation where staff members would have to understand the needs of their customers (perhaps a disabled customer visits the store or perhaps a family visit the store which would mean there would be children using the hot tub)

  1. Powerpoint to support this next challenge here
  2. Tick list to help you check your work before you submit it on Friday is here
  3. Don't forget you also have your induction pack from last week.
  4. Well done Will for asking for the assignment brief, here
  5. Unit 1 Part 1 Assignment for those pushing for a Merit or Distinction is hereit is

Challenge issue date: Tuesday 5th March 2019
Hand in date: Friday 8th March 2019

Friday, 1 March 2019

Thought Tor The Day How do we stop bullying in school?

Dear Year 10

Has anyone ever been bullied in school?

Has anyone ever been bullied out of school?

Has anyone ever not been bullied?

Why then do we allow such insidious behaviour such as this to carry on?

Following on from yesterdays assembly.

What are you going to do about it?

Kirt Cobain says....

On Graduation:

"The duty of youth is to challenge corruption."
Extension reading

Who do you think gets bullied in school?


Wednesday, 27 February 2019

P1 Unit 8 - Long Haul Destinations - 'Were all going on a summer holiday...'

Dear year 13

For P1 of this unit we will identify on blank maps the different continents for long haul travel destinations.

One map to detail a minimum of five continents including North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Australasia

You then need to identify using an atlas and holiday brochures on one map for each continent a minimum of five holiday destination.

These holiday destinations on each continent need to have an example of the following holiday destinations:

  • City
  • Coastal / beach
  • Natural
  • Purpose built
  • Historical and 
  • Cultural
We will start your training for this on Wednesday 27th February, my daughters 25th birthday and currently she is in Java, so that counts too.  Let us know when you would like us to test you on it before the end of the week so that we can crack on with P2.

This unit will be the unit that you have your entire day doing work experience with Mike Collins team at Tropical Sky.  You decided that a Wednesday in Week A would be best for you as you have a single Travel lesson with me Period 1 and a Double period 3 & 4 with the wonderful Miss Hillman

We need to set this up as a trip / work experience so as soon as the school has decided the best way we will agree a date sooner than later so that you can finish this unit by Easter and hopefully as per our plan a year last Christmas be done before your final external exams!  What's not to like so as promised I have saved the lest until last.

Over to you....

Assignment 1 (hand out date - 27.02.09) and Assignment 2 (hand out date - 06.03.19)  cover P1, P2, P3 M1, D1 for Unit 8

Issue date see above.

Submission date for BOTH is: 20.03.19

Good luck and do well this is your final chance to secure a distinction star if you are worthy of it and YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE

Mr T

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Starting the PENULTIMATE Unit. Unit 5 Sales and personal selling

Dear Year 12L2 Business owners and sales staff of tomorrow

Here is our second to last unit.

As you realised from the lesson selling is a skill and something you can develop and make a living from very easily.

The Kirby Home Cleaning System was the example that we used in class to demonstrate how.

This unit is made up of TWO assignments.

Assignment 1 covers P1-P4 as well as M1 M2 & D1

Part 1 - The Functions of Sales Staff (P1)

Explain what business (Hydropool UK) you are going to look at and give an overview of what they sell

Explain that the sales staff has a number of functions which you will describe

  • Selling

Explain how the staff are responsible for selling the goods or services

Describe a situation where they make a sale or encourage customers to buy something additional

Is it face to face or over the phone etc.?

  • Providing information

Describe how staff in the business might provide information on particular products or services

Give a specific example

  • Dealing with routine queries or complaints

Describe a situation where customers might have a question, complaint or query about the product or service

Give a specific example

  • Representing the organisation

Describe how the staff members are representatives of the business and it is important for them to be well presented and look professional or sound professional if over the phone

Give a specific situation for your business

The resources for a successful outcome on your first challenge are below

  • Sales and personal selling PowerPoint for P1 is here
  • Your induction training pack exemplar is here.
  • Your P1 tick list / mark sheet is here.
  • Unit 5 Assignment part 1 is here 

Challenge set: Tuesday 26th February 2019

Due date: Period 1 Friday 1st March 2019.