An alien space craft crashes in the school grounds, the contents of which must be examined with great caution. Elsewhere, an evil scientist has released a nest of genetically mutated tarantulas that spit deadly venom. Then, when a spring of a new liquid compound thought to be highly volatile but fuel rich, is discovered on a nearby mountain ledge, a catapult is the only means by which it can be safely transported.

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  • Do you have to be bossy to be a good leader?
  • How do you handle strong personalities within a team?
  • Have quiet people got nothing to say?
  • How do you get everyone to listen?
  • How do you keep people focused and motivated?
  • Should you ever shout?
  • If you disagree with the leader, should you override them?

Whilst Mission X can be tailored for all ages, we don’t expect older students to take the storyline too seriously! However the problem-solving aspect of each task still presents all students with quite a challenge and poetic license has allowed us to invent some totally off-the-wall activities!

An alien space craft crashes in the school grounds, the contents of which must be examined with great caution. Elsewhere, an evil scientist has released a nest of genetically mutated tarantulas that spit deadly venom. Then, when a spring of a new liquid compound thought to be highly volatile but fuel rich, is discovered on a nearby mountain ledge, a catapult is the only means by which it can be safely transported.

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  • Do you have to be bossy to be a good leader?
  • How do you handle strong personalities within a team?
  • Have quiet people got nothing to say?
  • How do you get everyone to listen?
  • How do you keep people focused and motivated?
  • Should you ever shout?
  • If you disagree with the leader, should you override them?

Whilst Mission X can be tailored for all ages, we don’t expect older students to take the storyline too seriously! However the problem-solving aspect of each task still presents all students with quite a challenge and poetic license has allowed us to invent some totally off-the-wall activities!

Students love the challenge of practical tasks where they must use their initiative and problem-solving skills. We follow a progressive format where students reflect on their achievements and objectively consider useful techniques.

As one of our modular courses, Mission X requires students to stay in teams and visit several stations over the course of the day. Our Course Leaders stay put whilst the students move around. Each module is designed to address a different set of skills. We may vary the activities or change the emphasis on particular skills depending on a school’s objectives.

A typical day would include:

  • A formal yet energised introduction with everyone together. The schedule is communicated, expectations are set and the fires are lit.
  • A Wiser Words strategy game where students must evaluate priorities to work out the most efficient method within the time limit, using the strengths of each member of the team to maximum effect.
  • A Wiser Words mechanical thinking challenge demanding careful coordination and a bit of lateral thinking. No prior knowledge is required but anyone in the team with an aptitude for physics or maths should be appointed as the specialist.
  • A Wiser Words communication challenge which highlights the need for clear and specific direction.
  • A Wiser Words code-cracking task which combines some lateral thinking and hands-on problem solving with logic and deduction
  • Everyone back together for a reflection activity to explicitly identify learning points, reinforce ‘aha’ moments and commend achievements

All the main tasks in Mission X are hands-on and yet all require plenty of mental application. At the end of the day we have affirmation tasks, certificates and prizes.

Mission X is our most physical course so it’s perfect if you want something that will appeal to those who like to be constantly on the move! In fact we find that it’s often the fidgety, cheeky characters who don’t much like sitting at a desk, who really come into their own and surprise everyone when they’re given a chance to lead and use their initiative. As with all our courses, it’s not without a strong intellectual component too – each task is designed to draw out strategy, critical decision making, advanced communication and leadership.

Whilst we advertise Mission X as a leadership course, it can be easily tailored to focus on problem-solving, communication or time management skills or a mix of transferable skills in general. As with all our courses, it celebrates the satisfaction of working things out for yourself using initiative, intelligence and imagination.

“It has shown me that I am able to hold my own when faced with a challenge”
“I loved every second of it.”
“Fantastic, interesting and compelling. A life changing experience”
“I learned that a leader must be conscious of all members of the group”

Students from Clayesmore School
“It has given me a lot of confidence to be myself and not stay quiet in a corner.”
“I will take the experience and confidence I have gained with me into the future”
“It was fun, energetic, creative, challenging, epic!”

Students from Frank F Harrison Engineering College
“This has to be the most original experience I have had. Absolutely brilliant!”
“I will leave today with some very valuable skills”
“It was an excellent course and all the helpers were fantastic.”

Students from Palfrey Girls School
“It has shown me that I’m an effective communicator and that I can learn how to be more confident in myself.”
“You had to think in ways that you wouldn’t normally do at school because you had to work out the best way to do things by yourself, not just be told.”
“It was amazing and I would do it again if I had the opportunity.”
“I would recommend to all pupils to come on this day.”

Students from Willenhall School
“Much more fun as there was more to do and activities involved everyone.”
“There was a wide variety of challenges that I had never experienced before which gave the day more variety and made it more interesting”
“Helped me to consider the ideas and strengths of everyone in the team”

Students from St Catherine’s School, Bramley
“It showed me that although I’m not very confident, I can still be a good leader.”
“I think it is good how you show people about leadership in a different way to a normal lesson.”
“It was very worthwhile and helped me use a lot of skills I don’t normally use.”
“I realised that even though I was younger than everyone in my group, they still listened to me so I can do this kind of thing again without that worry.”

Students from King Edward VII School
“You had to work as a team but also use your brain.”

Student from Queen Marys High School
“I thought the course was really fun and has made me realise skills I have but had never used before.”

Student from Sneyd Community School
“Amazing and a huge learning curve for me and the whole of my year group. It developed my communicating skills and understanding how to deal with different people’s personality.”

Students from Blackheath High School

They say…

“Now I can definitely win arguments against my brother! It has opened my eyes to a whole new world of possible answers.”

Student from St Swithun’s School

“This was brilliant compared to all the other courses I’ve had in my 17 years. Truly inspirational, I have no higher praise.”

Student from Warlingham College

“It made me excited to challenge myself more. Very well managed and structured leading to a brilliant course.”

Student from Farmors School

“I was constantly motivated and recharged with varying discussions and tasks.”

Student from Gordons School

“Enriching, and I’m now more aware of the complexities of questions and the intellectual debate that could follow.”

Student from Eastbourne College

“I found this day exciting, exhilarating and full of new ideas and things for me to enjoy.”

Student from Merchant Taylors’ School

“The puzzles were thrilling to solve but also very clever and challenging.”

Student from Newbold Community School

“We got to do everything ourselves and think for ourselves without being spoonfed.”

Student from Sibford School

“I enjoyed getting up to lead. I really didn’t think I’d be able to do it but I felt really good when I did.”

Student from Pocklington School

“Amazing and a huge learning curve for me and the whole of my year group. It really developed my communicating skills.”

Students from Blackheath High School

“It was just fantastic. I loved it! The best bit was seeing everyone’s amazing designs.”

Student from Oakham School

“100% the best course I’ve ever been on. A great experience and I would love to do it again. Every activity was amazing.”

Student from John Fisher Community College

Breaking
barriers

Students learn and focus best when they feel happy, accepted and comfortable. Breaking down social barriers will have a direct impact on their academic success.
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Our course
activities

We use a whole mix of techniques to draw out different skills and appeal to all learning styles
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Build your
own day

We can run a selection of workshops in one day, with groups moving around in rotation.
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