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Middlewich High School

Achievement for all

Alternative Curriculum 

Prince's Trust xl clubs

Prince's Trust xl clubs provide a personal development programme for young people aged 13 – 19. These informal clubs support young people in developing the skills and confidence needed to progress into a positive future.

The xl programme offers high quality teaching resources including session plans and activity ideas, together with opportunities for schools and centres to learn from each other and share knowledge.

How does a Prince's Trust xl club help young people?

  • It helps young people re-engage with learning, improving their chances of completing compulsory education
  • It increases confidence, self-esteem, social skills and behaviour
  • It helps improve attendance and motivation
  • It develops enterprise and employability skills

Key facts

  • Prince’s Trust xl clubs have helped over 60,000 young people since they started in 1998
  • There are currently over 900 clubs in over 600 schools and centres across the UK
  • 90% of young people show positive skills development across a range of areas
  • 88% of young people have gone into further education, work or training upon completion of the programme
  • 94% of young people would recommend it to others

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Following on from their involvement with Princes Trust teams for people aged between 16 and 24, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service wanted to offer their services and opportunities to a wider audience.  The Princes Trust XL club was then offered to two schools in Cheshire as a pilot, in order to see how well it would work and to strengthen the relationships that already existed with those schools through the Respect programme.

XL Club Programme and Qualification

The Prince’s Trust qualifications offer freedom, choice and flexibility, allowing them to:

  • choose between smaller, bite-sized chunks of learning (units) or whole qualifications
  • build up achievements (credits) at their own pace and in different learning contexts
  • combine learning in a way that will help them achieve their goals
  • transfer achievements (credits) between qualifications to avoid duplicating learning
  • have all their achievements recorded centrally on an electronic record that will remain with them throughout their learning and working life

Units can be combined to form nationally recognised qualifications presented as Awards, Certificates or Diplomas.