Curriculum

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The aim of the curriculum is that it will fulfil the school’s mission statement:

“Live to Learn - Enjoy and Achieve
Learn to Live - Now and in the Future”

The school provides opportunities for students to become knowledgeable and successful, and to develop into fulfilled global 21st century citizens. The curriculum aims to provide a broad and balanced experience; it is a high quality education to enable all to have a deeper understanding of the different subject areas and to provide a range of personal development opportunities.

 

High standards of achievement are available to all students through an appropriate and relevant curriculum that is flexible to meets the needs and aspirations of all learners. In addition, it provides opportunities to develop a broad range of generic skills in literacy, numeracy, thinking, independent learning, employability and understanding examination techniques; it helps prepare students to take responsibility for their own learning, now and in the future.

 

Maximising the achievement of the students at Byrchall High School is the responsibility of all staff.  Each member of staff supports students to do this through accurate and challenging target setting, clear planning, teaching, monitoring, praising, offering additional learning opportunities and providing support. We encourage students to be resilient, responsive, passionate and reflective learners.

 

The challenges will be hard work, but the rewards will be worth the effort.

Curriculum Planning

The Curriculum model and planning is designed to build on the learning and experiences at Key Stage 2 and ensure progression post 16 for our students. It meets the needs of individuals and allows for personalisation, while remaining broad and balanced in meeting all statutory requirements.

Each year group has a clear focus:

Year 7 Transition 

  • Broad and balanced and meets all statutory requirements

  • Progression from Key Stage 2

  • Establish high expectations

  • Development of numeracy and literacy skills

  • Introduction and development of the expectations for the National Curriculum

  • An age appropriate, ambitious and personalised Personal Development curriculum, with opportunities and enhancements

  • A bespoke extra-curricular range of opportunities to meet the needs, aspirations and interests of individuals

 

Year 8 Development

  • Broad and balanced and meets all statutory requirements

  • Development of numeracy and literacy skills

  • Development of subject specific skills, knowledge and understanding in National Curriculum subjects.

  • An age appropriate, ambitious and personalised Personal Development curriculum, with opportunities and enhancements

  • A bespoke extra-curricular range of opportunities to meet the needs, aspirations and interests of individuals

 

Year 9 Progression

  • Broad and balanced and meets all statutory requirements

  • Subject skill development, and depth and breadth of knowledge designated in the National Curriculum

  • Subject specific key skill enhancement, increased depth and breadth of subject knowledge and understanding in advance of the National Curriculum to challenge and engage

  • An age appropriate, ambitious and personalised Personal Development curriculum, with opportunities and enhancements

  • A bespoke extra-curricular range of opportunities to meet the needs, aspirations and interests of individuals

Year 10 Achievement

  • Consolidation and development in skills, knowledge and understanding in core curriculum as designated in the National Curriculum

  • Consolidation and development in skills, knowledge and understanding in optional subjects as designated in the National Curriculum

  • Introduction to the additional requirements of GCSES and vocational qualifications  

  • An age appropriate, ambitious and personalised Personal Development curriculum, with opportunities and enhancements

  • A bespoke extra-curricular range of opportunities to meet the needs, aspirations and interests of individuals

 

Year 11 Enhancement

  • Development, application, extension and support in core curriculum

  • Development, application, extension and support in optional subjects

  • Secure knowledge and skills in each subject area to prepare for the next stage of their education

  • An age appropriate, ambitious and personalised Personal Development curriculum, with opportunities and enhancements

  • A bespoke extra-curricular range of opportunities to meet the needs, aspirations and interests of individuals

Curriculum Delivery Model for 2021-22

The teaching time available is 25 periods per week. Periods last 60 minutes.

The Personal Development curriculum is delivered by a weekly rolling additional period across the year, and then additionally during registration periods and planned enhancement days.

Upper School Options

There are a wide variety of options available, to suit all abilities in the Upper School.  They allow students to follow their interests and talents, as well as studying the more academic GCSEs, there are a range of high quality vocational qualifications. Students are guided to make the most appropriate choices for the individual.

GCSE

  • GCSE Art

  • GCSE Business Studies

  • GCSE Computer Science

  • GCSE Dance

  • GCSE Drama

  • GCSE French

  • GCSE Food

  • GCSE Geography

  • GCSE History

  • GCSE Music

  • GCSE Physical Education

  • GCSE Product Design

Vocational

  • Health and Social Care Certificate

  • Sports Science Certificate

  • Creative i-Media Certificate

  •  IT Certificate

  • Child Development Certificate

  • Drama/Performing Arts

  • Music Technology

GCSE (continued)

  • GCSE RE

  • GCSE Spanish

  • Further Science:

  • GCSE Biology,

  • GCSE Chemistry,

  • GCSE Physics

  • Further Maths:

  • Statistics,

  • Level 3 Algebra

  • and Level 3 FSMQ

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Personal Development

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) and Citizenship.

This is delivered through Personal Development Lessons (PDL), RE, Enrichment Days, assemblies, form time and integrated into subject areas.

 

This incorporates:

  • Personal values and attitudes

  • Personal and collective responsibility in society

 

Entitlement includes:

  • Relationships and Sex Education

  • Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development(SMSC)

  • Health and drug education, including mental health and emotional well-being

  • Environmental issues

  • Careers and vocational guidance

  • Industrial and economic understanding

  • Financial Management

  • The role of Law

  • The political system

  • British Values

  • Managing risk and personal safety

The Personal Development lesson is delivered on a weekly rolling period.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

The RSE programme is not delivered as a discrete subject on the timetable, but is included in the broader programmes of Personal Development, Science and Religious Education. Outside agencies also provide additional support when necessary. The aim is to provide correct information and hence reduce any anxieties and guilt providing an appropriate environment for discussion. Students are encouraged to have regard to moral considerations and the value of family life.

Careful consideration has been given to eliminate any discrimination in terms of:

  • Curriculum content

  • Option choices

  • Examination entries

  • Extra-curricular opportunities

  • School organisation

 

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

 

Impartial advice on careers education is delivered via a partnership between students, parents, school, further education colleges, training providers and external services and employers. The purpose is to:

  • Prepare students for transition from school to further education and then on into higher education or employment

  • Make appropriate career decisions

  • Develop a working partnership between school and the local labour market

  • Offer tailored advice and guidance to raise aspirations for all the young people

  • Prepare students for academic and vocational education

 

This is delivered through Personal Development Lessons, Enrichment Days, assemblies, form time, interviews with staff and independent advisers, vocational options and interview preparation days. Contact with employers and employees, from a range of industries, is encouraged. Opportunities are provided for employers to visit the school. There are also opportunities for students to visit workplaces during the five year learning programme. The Gatsby Benchmarks provide the focus for the planning of CEIAG delivery.

Extra- Curricular Programme

A wide range of opportunities are provided to meet the interests and the needs of all students. These include support and intervention, curriculum linked activities, clubs and visits. These provide for all students, whether it is for those who want to perform at the higher levels, and represent the school in sporting fixtures or Performing Arts presentations, or those who wish to participate for enjoyment and development. The activities are wide ranging and also include residential opportunities; they provide links with the taught curriculum the school offers, as well as introducing new experiences.

The timetable of the Clubs and Activities is sent home termly, and can be found on the school website.