At Highdown School we want to do everything we can to support our students learning and personal growth. It is for this reason that we have launched PiXL Edge with our Year 7 students. PiXL Edge is designed to help students to develop the skills desired by employers and that are necessary for future success.
PiXL Edge helps students to develop the LORIC attributes:
Levels of challenge
PiXL Edge has three levels of challenge; Apprentice, Graduate and Masters. It is designed so that students start on the Apprentice level in Year 7 with most completing this by the end of Year 8. In Years 9 and 10 students will then work towards the Graduate level. Some students will go even further and in Years 11 to 13 complete the Masters level.
Challenges needed to complete the Edge
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The completion of each level leads to a recognised, (unregulated) qualification from NCFE.
How to complete challenges
All Year 7 students have a logon and password for the Edge website. The website contains a database of challenges that can be searched by LORIC attribute, key word or subject. The database contains hundreds of challenges. If a suitable challenge cannot be found, students can speak to either their tutor or Mr Reid to suggest a new challenge. New challenges can then be submitted to PiXL, and if approved, will appear on the database in a few working days.
Once a challenge is selected, students need to complete a short description of what they intend to do. Once the challenge is complete, they then need to complete a short reflection on how the activity helped them to develop the LORIC attribute, (e.g. Leadership).
If a student has forgotten their password or logon, they should see either their tutor or Mr Reid.
Below are some useful resources giving more information on the Edge and how to complete challenges. The current database of challenges is also below.