We recently had a discussion at our Senior Leadership Team meeting about the concept of curricular and extra curricular activities. We agreed that both are incredibly valuable as opportunities for learning but recognised that the term extra curricular could convey the wrong message and we will be adopting the term co-curricular instead. These co-curricular activities can provide methods of assessment for skills learnt in the classroom and we see them as a continuum.
This is particularly successful when students engage in their learning for its own sake as well as for it being a passport to the future. There needs to be a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.
Engagement with activities outside of school provides authenticity to a student 's learning. On Saturday I saw an example of this as our students performed in the Bar Magistrates Competition. They applied what they had learnt in lessons about the rule of Law and what they had practiced in preparation for the competition with skills gained in a range of other activities to be confident speakers, considerate listeners and resourceful competitors.
Learning goes well beyond the classroom and prepares our young people for an uncertain future. What I saw at this competition is an example that this approach is exactly what is needed for the long term successes of our students.
M Hernandez Estrada
Upton Court Grammar School