It is also an opportunity to celebrate their achievements outside the academic studies in school. The four strands involved are: academic, physical, citizenship and art. In working towards the award, the children experience many different activities, including designing and publishing their own storybooks, reading them to local primary schools, environmental projects, life skills, camping, creative week and the infamous Dragons’ Den experience, which involves budgeting and (hopefully), making a profit!
The main objective is to recognise individual effort in the different strands of the award, whether that is the effort applied when working on the actual project or the effort put in when working with peers. It creates opportunities and experiences which the children might not normally have, learning new skills and developing determination and perseverance to overcome the challenges that may face them. This in turn, helps to build their confidence and self-esteem, preparing them just that little bit more for their future.