During the 2020/2021 summer term, Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils completed their Young Leaders Award – a programme run by the Archbishop of York Youth Trust.
The Young Leaders Award supports the Church of England Vision for Education by offering a programme to enable young people to flourish and to live life in all its fullness. The Award’s focus is on developing the whole child; heart, soul and mind, providing opportunities for all pupils to discover their potential as young leaders, build habits of leadership and to become agents of change in their communities.
Pupils investigate what it means to follow the example of Jesus and be leaders in the world around them. They evaluate and develop their own leadership skills and character virtues, examine social issues that affect their communities and take part in practical action projects to ‘be the change they want to see’.
As part of the award, pupils worked to raise awareness and money for a local Children’s Bereavement Centre by making daisies for the centres ‘Meadow of Memories’ display at Newark Castle. The hard work of the children has now been recognised on the Archbishop of York Youth Trust website.
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“At the heart of the Church of England’s vision for education is the message given in Jesus of ‘life in all its fullness’. The Archbishop of York’s Young Leaders Award is already enabling hundreds of schools to educate for wisdom, hope, community and respect, and I’m delighted that the Awards are reaching out with Good News to some of the most vulnerable in our society”.
The Revd Nigel Genders, Chief Education Officer for the Church of England