Leeds City Academy


Mosaic Programme: Skills Development

Forming an action plan for survival 

Twenty-four Year 9 students from Leeds City Academy are taking part in Mosaic’s Secondary School Mentoring Programme, providing a package of opportunities to raise aspirations and close the gap between their personal goals and practical attainment.

The students are now on Session 3 of the programme, which is being presented by DLA Piper. DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. The company has been providing legal services to the Yorkshire market for over 200 years, advising regional, national and international clients.

During the session the students had to assess a crisis situation - a airliner ditching in Canada - and form an action plan for survival with limited resources. The task tested students' lateral thinking and problem-solving skills, as Ms Foy explains: "DLA Piper really tested our students today as they sought to find solutions to a very difficult situation. It was fascinating to observe how the different teams made strategic decisions to ensure their own survival. These workshops are helping to extend our students' team-working skills, which will directly impact on their confidence, self-efficacy and future employability."

Mosaic was founded in 2007 by HRH The Prince of Wales and its mission, through its mentoring programmes, is to create opportunities for young people of all backgrounds. Mosaic mentors such as DLA Piper have developed a powerful package of mentoring support for young people that can be tailored to our students’ needs, which this year includes group mentoring, workplace visits, inspirational speeches and competitions.

For more details about HRH The Prince of Wales' Mosaic Programme click here