Seizing Opportunity, taking the initiative is based around the capacity of a student to take responsible risks.
Taking responsible risks underpins learning. It allows the learner to to identify potential, to make and build on mistakes: to fail forward.
This Skill is not focusing on learners who have little sense. The learners with capacity in this Skill will be those who venture out, take a chance at an opportunity. In stories this may display in a different style of writing, in maths it may show itself in a new way of tackling a problem. This focus on risk taking is linked to confidence but is distinguishable as those learners who are prepared to have a go and try something new with regard to their learning. Learners with lower capacity may be those who love routines to the extent of limiting their learning. The lowest levels of capacity in this Skill set, may be recognised in students who become emotional and agitated when new risks appear. Perfectionists are often distinguished in this Skill as being hard to shift into new habits or to take risks with a new strategy.
Taking responsible risks means we accept challenges and strive to see the potential for giving things a go. It is important we teach responsible risks – the key is self-preservation and care for others: not jumping into something that can cause harm.
Being an entrepreneur is all about risk. And we need to teach children that true learning blossoms on the edge of our comfort zone.
Survival celebrity, Bear Grylls, offered readers his views as he was criticised for allowing his 11 year-old son to be part of a survival task – read more here.
There is also a case for developing students to embrace danger in order to develop confidence: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/oct/04/school-guns-knives-fire-ofsted-danger