Walton is part of a national network of schools called PiXL (Partners in Excellence). PiXL (Partners in Excellence) is a growing partnership of schools whose membership includes in the region of 1500 secondary schools, 60 PRUs (Pupil Referral Units), 550 post-16 providers and over 200 Primary Schools. It emerged from the London Challenge in 2007 and has grown from 50 schools at its inception to present numbers. PIXL provides Walton with a collaboration of school leaders; access to vibrant, purposeful conferences and networks of people complemented by online resources, training opportunities and development programmes to support the promotion of excellence for students in the Academy. The PIXL Network supports our determination to do all we can to help improve life chances for young people through improved educational achievement and enhanced self-esteem in order to connect them to worthy progression routes in the next stage of their education. Schools join PiXL voluntarily. They have recognised that at its heart there is a compelling moral imperative to support the promotion of excellence for students, to better their life chances through improved educational achievement and to always do its utmost for students, whatever their ability to bring them a better future and a brighter hope. PiXL is concerned with offering opportunity for all students to make progress in life on the basis of achieving good results and, through the Edge, by developing key life attributes.
Walton is proud to be a PIXL school and in its relatively short time as a member has become a beacon school for two of PiXL’s newest and most exciting initiatives. As such schools from across the country have visited Walton to see how we are leading the way with both the “Them & Us” projects and the PiXL Edge. More about these exciting projects can be found below.
Them and Us
PiXL has 3Cs – Currency, Character and Culture and it is Culture that is at the centre of our new strategy. “Them and Us’ is an exciting new project focusing on changing the culture of our communities. It is about helping young people understand the importance of demonstrating kindness, showing respect and living without harm not just to those people who are like them but to people who are not like them: How we relate to people who don’t think the same way as us, or believe the same things, is a crucial skill that needs to be taught.
Through the ‘Them and Us’ package, schools can identify any areas that they want to work on and then can select the most appropriate lessons, assemblies and extended reading material to deliver to students. Schools choose how they want to deliver the material – through drop down days, in assemblies or through tutor time. We hope that the impact will be great, that students will want to engage in acts of kindness and will see the difference they can make to their school communities and their local area. 1000 schools have already signed up to trying, together, to change our world.
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Our students work towards PiXL Edge standards – view our PiXL Edge webpages.