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Curriculum Policy Statement of Intent

The staff and governors at The Long Eaton School are committed to providing full entitlement and participation for all students in the school curriculum. We aim to develop the curriculum to reflect and extend the abilities, experiences and interests of all students. We believe that all students, irrespective of their abilities, may at times need special support. We are concerned that equality of opportunity should exist through curriculum organised action and the provision of learning support. Our curriculum should be fit for purpose, offering differentiation and personalisation. It should prepare our students for a successful adult and working life in the 21st century global society. Our curriculum should also value both vocational and academic routes equally. It must nurture the talents of all and celebrate success.

This school is committed to providing the resources needed to meet the SEN of all students and being openly accountable to their parents/guardians, for more details on the inclusive nature of the curriculum refer to the School’s SEN policy.

 

Our Curriculum Aims

The curriculum should inspire and challenge all learners and prepare them for the future. The Long Eaton School’s aim is to develop a coherent curriculum that builds on young people’s experiences in the primary phase and that helps all young people to become successful learners, confident individuals, and responsible global citizens. Specifically, the curriculum should help our students to

  • Be challenged and stretched and to achieve high standards and make good/excellent progress relative to their own ability.
  • Enable those not achieving age-related expectations to close the gap and catch up with their peers.
  • Have and be able to use high quality personal, learning and thinking skills and become independent learners.
  • Have and be able to use high quality functional skills, including key literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.
  • Enjoy and be committed to learning, and have high aspirations for their own futures.
  • Value their learning outside of the curriculum and relate to the taught curriculum.
  • Be resilient, healthy and safe, including online.
 

Curriculum Impact

 
The Long Eaton Schools curriculum will:
 
  • Lead to qualifications that are of worth for employers and for entry to higher education.
  • Fulfil statutory requirements.
  • Enable students to fulfil their potential.
  • Meet the needs of young people of all abilities at The Long Eaton School.
  • Provide equal access for all students to a full range of learning experiences beyond statutory guidelines.
  • Prepare students to make informed and appropriate choices at the end of KS3, KS4 and beyond·
  • Help students develop lively, enquiring minds, an ability to question and argue rationally and an ability to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills.
  • Include the following characteristics: breadth, balance, relevance, differentiation, progression, continuity and coherence.
  • Develop teaching styles and approaches which will offer and encourage a variety of learning opportunities.
  • Help students use language, number and technology effectively.
  • Help students live safe and healthy lives, develop personal moral values, respect for religious values and tolerance of other faiths, beliefs and ways of life.
  • Help students understand life in modern Britain and the wider world.
 

Curriculum Implementation

 

Key Stage 3

 
KS3 National Curriculum content will be delivered during Years 7 and 8. The allocation of periods per subject per fortnight is for Year 7 and Year 8 is set out in Appendix 1. On entry to the school students will be placed into tutor groups and are also split into 2 half year populations, the L and E population. Within each population a common setting policy will be implemented for all subjects with the exception of Maths, Technology and PE. This common setting is based on ability groupings. Maths and PE use their own ability groupings within each population and Technology have mixed ability setting arrangements that operate on a rotation. In Languages all students will study Spanish. Some students will follow a dual linguist pathway at Key Stage 3 and will study Spanish and one of Mandarin or French.
 
 

The Options Process

 
In the spring term of Year 8, students select 4 subjects they will study for the duration of KS4, alongside the core curriculum. All students at The Long Eaton School will have access to a combination of options that allows them study an Ebacc compatible set of subjects. Where appropriate students will also follow a combination of subjects that allows them to have each of the Attainment 8 baskets filled.
 
Most students beginning KS4 in September 2018 will select a humanities subject (geography or history) and a previously studied language (Spanish, French or Mandarin). Their other 2 choices will be from the remaining subjects and students are able to choose a combination of GCSEs or BTECs. The list of subjects we are currently offer at KS4 is included in Appendix 2.
 
Year 8 students will receive appropriate careers education and independent advice and guidance to support them in making these choices, however, when making their option choices students should also select courses in which their progress check history will show they have made good progress and consistently demonstrated a good attitude towards learning. Progress check information will be referred to when making subject allocations and in the event of over-subscribed subjects, some students with a comparatively poor progress check record may be asked to make new choices and submit another form.
 
The Long Eaton School endeavours to provide all students with their first choices of options subjects, however there may be occasions when students choose a combination that does not fit within the curriculum structure. In this instance the issue and possible solutions will be discussed by the Achievement Leader or a member of SLT with the student, and parents will be kept informed during the process. The school also reserves the right to cancel a course if there are not sufficient student numbers to make a viable class.
 
The Long Eaton School recognises that there will be instances where 4 options choices, or an Ebacc combination may prove inappropriate for some students and a more personalised curriculum approach is needed. The design of this approach will vary according to an individual student’s needs and will involve consultation between the student, parents / carers and staff concerned. A final decision will be made by the SENCO in agreement with student and parents / carers.
 
 

Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)

 
During Key Stage 4 all students will follow the core curriculum, and the set of options subjects chosen during year 8 as previously described.
 
The Core Curriculum:
 
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science (combined or separate)
  • Physical Education
  • Life Skills, (including RE, Citizenship, Relationships, Sex Education, Drugs Education and Careers Education)
 

Curriculum Structure

 
At Key stage 4 students are split into half populations, labelled L and E. This banding affects the students groups for English, Maths and Science. Students that will study separate science (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) will be in the Science set 1 of both bands. The remainder of students will study GCSE Combined Science. The options subjects are studied in 4 blocks, labelled A-D. RE is delivered through the Life Skills and Personal development curriculum at Key Stage 4. GCSE RE is available to students as an Option subject. For the current Year 10 and 11 students can opt to study GCSE RE as a Twilight lesson in addition to their other options.
 
During the KS4 phase it may become apparent that a student will benefit from a more personalised curriculum approach. At this point, in consultation with the SENCO, members of the senior leadership team, parents and the students themselves, an alternative curriculum may be designed. Students can be directed to this alternative provision. This may include external providers. This may also result in a student "dropping” a previously chosen option subject in order to follow this pathway.
 
As part of the Independent CEIAG programme within KS4 Year 11 students participate in 16+ taster days when they are given the opportunity to select subjects from the Level 2 or 3 curriculum dependant on their intended pathway and undertake a sample lesson in those subjects.
 
 

Post 16

 
Level 3 (GCE/A Level and applied vocational) programmes of study are available in The Long Eaton School 6th Form.
 
Students who fail to achieve a grade 4 at GCSE English or GCSE Maths are required to continue studying these courses until a grade 4 is achieved. Provision is made to facilitate this. Students who fail to achieve a grade 5 are given the opportunity to re-sit in order to achieve this grade as well.
 
 

Level 3 Curriculum

 
The Level 3 offer consists of a range of GCE (AS/A Levels) and applied vocational qualifications. Students undertake a minimum of 3 courses which can be all GCE or applied vocational or a combination. In exceptional circumstances some students may wish to undertake 4 Level 3 courses. This may be allowed if the student’s prior attainment is sufficiently high enough, and decisions on this will be made on an individual basis.
 
All Level 3 students undertake an enrichment programme that also provides pastoral support and care, CEIAG & support with UCAS applications, apprenticeships applications or any other appropriate progression pathway. High achieving students will also be given the opportunity to study the Extended Project Qualification, which they will undertake independently under appropriate supervision.
 
From September 2017 the overwhelming majority of courses decoupled AS and A-Level examinations. Students will not be co-entered for the AS level in the chosen subjects at the end of Year 12. Students are instead given rigorous internal assessments at the end of Year 12, upon which progression into Year 13 will be judged.
 
At the end of Year 12 each student will be given a progression interview with either the Sixth Form Achievement leader of a member of the SLT.
 
 

Level 2 Curriculum

 
The only Level 2 qualification on offer in the Long Eaton School sixth form are re-sit English and Maths GCSE. Students wishing to follow Level 2 courses post-16 are signposted to other providers.

 

 

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