The ILife Award is Isca Academy’s personal development programme. It comprises 3 distinct strands:
- Our core curriculum
- Well-being provision
- Our co-curricular enrichment offer
Its aim is to provide equitable knowledge, skills, development and cultural opportunities for all students, so that every one of our young people has a rich and positive experience of their time at Isca Academy, and they are well prepared for life beyond our school.
All students have discrete PSHE and RE lessons, as well as separate ILife Extended Offer lessons. Within PSHE, students investigate a wealth of topics from Economic Education and substance addiction, to Relationships and Sex Education. Careers Education lessons make up part of the PSHE curriculum, and there is a full Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programme for each year group. Some students will choose to enrich their curriculum by adding optional extras, and others will be selected to have support in the way of targeted interventions.
All students receive well-being education and support through the Assembly programme and the Tutor system as well as PSHE lessons. In PSHE, students are taught about staying physically and mentally healthy, and signposted to sources of help. Students can choose to participate in further well-being activities or help others, and there is a wealth of extra provision that can be offered to specific students, should they require it.
At Isca Academy, 100% of our students in years 7-10 access the co-curricular provision. Within iLife lessons, all students benefit from our Extended Enrichment Offer, which is a bespoke programme of activities, skills and experiences that complement the academic curriculum. These lessons are built into a student’s timetable.
Additionally, there are many other co-curricular opportunities available to students, and Outdoor Education and Performing Arts are particular strengths; we have our Exe Valley Challenge, Exmoor Challenge and Ten Tors programmes, and all of year 9 prepare for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Students can also opt for clubs and activities in addition to their timetable, and some opportunities will also be targeted at specific students.
Mapping and awarding
We record students’ ILife lessons, Careers experiences, and co-curricular participation throughout their time at Isca Academy so that when they graduate from year 11, we can provide them with the evidence of experiences and skills they have acquired during their time here. This is called the ‘ILife Award’, and will be received in addition to their GCSE results. Together, these will enable our young people to articulate their potential, capabilities and worth at interviews and in job applications.
Click below to see the ILife Roadmap.