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A Central Education

What is a Central Education?

A Central Education is what sets us apart. It is who we are, what we know and what we can do:

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What is a Central Education?

A Central Education is what sets us apart. It is who we are, what we know and what we can do:

a central education

What are the Central Essentials?

The Central Essentials are qualities and characteristics that our students will be challenged to develop whilst at CFGS. These qualities  will help students flourish as individuals and respond to the challenges they experience in life with strength and positivity. 

Central Essentials descriptors

The following skill descriptors have been written from the perspective of our students. 

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  • We set high standards for ourselves and take the necessary steps to achieve these.
  • We inspire those around us and share our successes.
  • We know that effort is the path to mastery, and enjoy engaging in challenging work.
  • We are motivated and determined to succeed.

 

 

  • We ask thoughtful questions that develop, challenge and deepen our learning.
  • We are open-minded and seek to widen our knowledge by researching around a topic.
  • We use feedback to improve our work, and are willing to have our assumptions challenged.
  • We look at a variety of sources of information before drawing our conclusions.

 

  • We are self-disciplined and take responsibility for our learning.
  • We build on what we know and use our initiative to solve problems.
  • We take steps to find additional support or guidance so that we can succeed.
  • We embark on new adventures, and seek opportunities that widen our horizons.

 

  • We have a positive, ‘can-do’ mind-set which helps us build on our strengths and address our weaknesses.
  • We feel confident taking risks and learning from our mistakes.
  • We never give up, and refuse to let any temporary failures prevent us from reaching our goals.
  • We think creatively and respond positively to challenges.

 

  • We are considerate at all times: to others, ourselves and the environment.
  • We value our learning: we listen carefully and take pride in our work.
  • We speak up for what is right, and we do as we are asked from all members of staff.
  • We are kind to all, regardless of differing beliefs, attitudes or lifestyles.

 

What are the Central Skills?

The Central Skills help you develop effective learning habits whilst at CFGS. They enable you to become successful and empowered learners who can transfer these skills across all the subjects you study as well as the world of work. 

Skill descriptors for Key Stage 3

analytical thinking

Analytical Thinking

The ability to collect, visualise and interpret information in detail in order to consider and explain different perspectives.

  • I can identify and collect at least two pieces of relevant data or information that will help me work towards solving or answering a problem or a question.
  • I can use questions such as who, what, where, when, why and how when evaluating information and data.
  • I can look at data objectively and make judgements about its reliability and validity.

 

CURIOSITY & CREATIVITY

Curiosity & Creativity

The ability to use their imagination and look at a situation in a variety of ways by asking questions and finding new answers.

  • I can generate a variety of ideas using a range of strategies.
  • I can work with others in a team respectfully listening to and considering new ideas.
  • I can use my imagination to design and create models or use other creative mediums to demonstrate my thinking and ideas.
     

 

Communication

Communication

The ability to convey facts, ideas, information, opinions and
feelings effectively.

  • I can explain my thoughts and ideas using oral, written and non verbal communication skills in a variety of forms and contexts.
  • I can change the way I communicate so it suits the situation.
  • I can communicate in different ways for a range of purposes (e.g. to inform, to persuade, to question).

 

ADAPTABILITY

Adaptability

The ability to respond to changes with positive and flexible thinking, recognising failure as an opportunity to learn.

  • I can respond with a positive ‘can do’ attitude when given new information or presented with new ideas.
  • I can use some strategies to respond to feedback positively.
  • I can be open to new challenges and ideas.

 

PROBLEM SOLVING

Problem Solving

The ability to ‘pick apart’ or break down a situation or challenge and find appropriate.

  • I can identify a problem or a challenge and break it into parts.
  • I can look at the problem step by step and consider different options in order to come up with workable solutions.
  • I can identify and sequence key information to help make sense of the problem so that I am able to solve it.

Skill descriptors for Key Stage 4

analytical thinking

Analytical Thinking

The ability to collect, visualise and interpret information in detail in order to consider and explain different perspectives.

  • I can examine a large volume of data or information and
    identify trends.
  • I can compare and contrast gathered data or information
    from a range of sources to support in critiquing the
    problem or challenge.
  • I can question, analyse and interpret a range of texts and
    sources and question their reliability and validity.

 

CURIOSITY & CREATIVITY

Curiosity & Creativity

The ability to use their imagination and look at a situation in a variety of ways by asking questions and finding new answers.

  • I can question new and existing ideas to help shape
    my own and others ideas.
  • I can use my imagination to express myself and my ideas
    in different ways.
  • I can take risks and be open to different perspectives in order to implement innovative ideas.
  • I can pay attention to detail and look for patterns in information and data.

 

Communication

Communication

The ability to convey facts, ideas, information, opinions and
feelings effectively.

  • I can communicate well in diverse environments and I am able to adapt the means through which I communicate to fit the purpose.
  • I can utilise multiple media and technologies, judging
    their effectiveness to show my ideas and thoughts.
  • I can use a wide range of relevant and academic vocabulary to explain what I want to convey.

 

ADAPTABILITY

Adaptability

The ability to respond to changes with positive and flexible thinking, recognising failure as an opportunity to learn.

  • I can adapt my approach to a situation to achieve the best possible outcome.
  • I can apply lessons learnt or new ideas to deepen my learning.
  • I can accept feedback and use this to improve the task that I am doing.
  • I can use a range of strategies to respond to feedback positively.
  • I can understand and balance different views to reach a solution.

 

PROBLEM SOLVING

Problem Solving

The ability to ‘pick apart’ or break down a situation or challenge and find appropriate.

  • I can interpret research to help come up with possible
    innovative solutions to a problem or challenge.
  • I can draw reasonable conclusions from a set
    of information and discriminate between useful and less useful details to solve a problem.
  • I can analyse my findings and then come up with many solutions, evaluating and implementing the best one.

Skill descriptors for Key Stage 5

analytical thinking

Analytical Thinking

The ability to collect, visualise and interpret information in detail in order to consider and explain different perspectives.

  • I can identify causal relationships in data, academic texts and information collected from a range of primary and secondary sources.
  • I can make sound reasoned judgements about evidence
    or data in support of or against the issue being analysed and evaluated.
  • I can confidently critique evidence/data/information from a range of sources and apply to a range of situations in/outside of the classroom.

 

CURIOSITY & CREATIVITY

Curiosity & Creativity

The ability to use their imagination and look at a situation in a variety of ways by asking questions and finding new answers.

  • I can confidently critique and link several abstract ideas in
    order to lead to new thinking.
  • I can demonstrate originality of thought and present this in
    different ways.
  • I can be innovative and confidently take risks in order to move forward my own ideas/ learning or to develop others.
  • I can question situations using ‘out of the box’ thinking.
  • I can identify and evaluate patterns in information and
    data that are not obvious.

 

Communication

Communication

The ability to convey facts, ideas, information, opinions and
feelings effectively.

  • I can demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively to different audiences through a range of methods and platforms (technology/ written/verbal).
  • I can listen carefully to decipher the meaning including knowledge, values, attitudes and intentions.
  • I can demonstrate a high degree of emotional intelligence in my communications.
  • I can demonstrate my collaborative nature in all activities in/out of the classroom.
  • I can articulate and use academic literacy to communicate effectively.

 

ADAPTABILITY

Adaptability

The ability to respond to changes with positive and flexible thinking, recognising failure as an opportunity to learn.

  • I can analyse and evaluate a situation or a problem and
    come up with alternative innovative solutions.
  • I can understand, negotiate and balance diverse views
    and beliefs to reach workable solutions.
  • I can actively critique performance and identify ways to improve utilising a range of strategies and approaches.

 

PROBLEM SOLVING

Problem Solving

The ability to ‘pick apart’ or break down a situation or challenge and find appropriate.

  • I can analyse information.
  • I can critique and interpret research to come up with the
    causes and solutions to a given challenge or problem.
  • I can solve the problem or challenge using sound decision making and judgements, evaluating the best solution
    and implementing this.
  • I can creatively problem solve and logically sequence the
    solution as part of a team.
  • I can make a measured decision and identify positive outcomes in a range of situations.