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Bridging the Gap: Learning Skills

The first module in our 'Bridging the Gap' programme, which is designed to help students make a strong start within the Sixth Form at Barnwell School, will help you develop 'Sixth Form Skills'.

The move into sixth form is exciting but is also one that demands a higher level of critical thinking and a wider range of applied skills. To help students prepare for life as a sixth form student, this section will be updated, regularly, with lectures, activities and video guides to help students acquire, develop and hone a range of essential learning skills that will ease the transition between Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.

Initially, there is focus on learning how to use the Cornell method - an effective note-taking system that is recognised worldwide. There are also a number of VESPA activities which will help students develop the skills, attitudes and approaches that they will need to be successful in sixth form. The VESPA system draws together current thinking from psychology, business and sport to inspire, motivate and support students ensuring they achieve their full potential. It aims to cut through the noise surrounding character development to discover common behaviours and characteristics that all students need to be successful.


“Students who are successful score highly in the following characteristics or qualities” (Oakes and Griffin).
We would like students to follow the timetable below, to thoroughly prepare them for the challenge of post-16 study. We will regularly provide additional materials to support these activities as we work towards the summer holidays. As each section in the Sixth Form Skills module becomes available, click on the link below to access it.

Skill / Activity 

Link to Materials 

Complete By 

Cornell note-taking  


18th May 

Making notes from a podcast / video 

Available w/c 25th May 

1st June 

VESPA Vision - Getting Dreams Done 

Available w/c 1st June 

8th June 

VESPA Effort - The Power of "If... then" Thinking 

Available w/c 15th June 

22nd June 

VESPA Vision - Mental Contrasting 

Available w/c 29th June 

5th July 

VESPA Systems - Snack, Don't Binge 

Available w/c 13th July 

20th July 






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