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Curriculum Design for the Future

What curriculum do we offer?

All students have access to a broad and balanced range of courses relevant to their needs. The curriculum fulfils the legal requirements of the National Curriculum and Religious Education, with pathways developed at both Key Stages 4 and 5 to offer a more personalised curriculum that is student focused and flexible.  The curriculum promotes the differentiation of learning and teaching through the setting of students according to ability, supporting all and stretching and challenging the most able.  In some courses students are taught in mixed-ability teaching groups across Key Stages 3 and 4.

 

In addition to the “fixed curriculum” there is an extensive range of extra-curricular activities (clubs, study visits, enrichment programmes and charity projects) and other planned experiences to enhance the curriculum offer and to make learning at St Julie’s Catholic High School memorable, enjoyable and successful.

 

Why do we offer this curriculum?

 

A Curriculum for All Groups of students

Beliefs and Values

At St. Julie’s Catholic High School, we believe that all students are entitled to an education that will enable them to develop their full potential by finding appropriate challenge in the learning environment.  All students have individual needs, which put personalised learning at the heart of our teaching and learning. “Let them be taught what is necessary for life.” St Julie’s Catholic High School is committed to providing a challenging curriculum for every student.  We will also provide opportunities to identify and in turn nurture those who are more able or require specific support.

 

Specific groups of students such as: Most Able, Free School Meal, Special Educational Needs and English as an Additional Language will be supported using a range of strategies. Most able students will be supported daily within their classroom environment through stretch and challenge activities and differentiation. The SEN Department will support students with identified learning needs as well as continued support within their classroom environment. FSM students who are eligible for Pupil Premium will receive support, which enables them to make progress from Key Stage 2 to 5.

 

Curriculum 2016/17

 

Key Stage 3

In response to the new GCSE and A Level reforms Year 9 students will start their GCSE options from September 2016 with a phased start for all core subjects up until December 2016.  This is in response to the increased rigour and content of GCSE qualifications. Through schemes of work there will be a key focus on developing students’ analytical, evaluative and decision-making skills as well as supporting all ability levels with their higher level numeracy and literacy skills.

Students will continue to have access to a range of courses across Key Stage 3 in order to prepare them for GCSEs (starting in Year 9) and other equivalent qualifications. Year 7 to 9 students will attend thirty taught lessons each week.

Subjects/

Quals

Yr 7 No. of lessons per week

Yr 8 No. of lessons per week

Yr. 9 No. of lessons per week

Yr.10 No. of lessons per week

Yr. 11 No. of lessons per week

Maths

4

4

5

4

5

English

4

4

5

5

5

Science

3

3

4

4

4

RE

3

3

3

3

3

MFL

3

2

3

3

3

Computer Science

1

1

2

1

1

PE

2

2

2

1

 

Art

1

2

 

 

 

Dance

1

1

 

 

 

Drama

1

1

 

 

 

Music

1

1

 

 

 

History

2

2

 

 

 

Geography

2

2

 

 

 

D and T

2

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

GCSE options (max 3 options)

GCSE options (max 3 options)

GCSE options (max 3 options)

Art

 

 

2

3

3

Drama

 

 

2

3

3

Dance

 

 

2

3

3

PE

 

 

2

3

3

History

 

 

2

3

3

Geography

 

 

2

3

3

Business

 

 

2

3

3

IT

 

 

2

3

3

Sociology

 

 

2

3

3

Graphics

 

 

2

3

3

Food Technology

 

 

2

3

3

Health & Social Care

 

 

2

3

3

Triple Science

 

 

2

3

3

 

Year 8 Options process for 2016/17

Information

Key dates

Person/s responsible

  • Year 8 Parents Evening

Thursday 12 January 2017

Mrs Rooney and Mrs Rainey-Barwise

  • Letter of invitation to Year 8 Parent/Carers

Monday 30 January 2017

Mrs Rooney

  • Year 8 Options Evening
  • There will be one talk at 5pm followed by the Marketplace
  • Year 8 Option forms to be given out in the Year 8 Information pack

Thursday 9 March 2017

Mrs Rooney and Mrs Rainey-Barwise

  • Deadline for Year 8 Option forms

Thursday 23 March 2017

Mrs Rooney and Mrs Rainey-Barwise

  • Year 8 Interviews begin for selected pupils

Friday 10 March 2017 – ongoing

Mrs Rooney and Mrs Rainey-Barwise

  • Confirmed options sent home to Parent/Carers

April 2017

Mrs Rooney

Progress 8 measure  

As part of the options process some students may be advised to follow a selection of qualifications which count towards the English Baccalaureate as part of the new Progress 8 measure. Progress 8 is a performance measure that will be used from 2016 to compare each student’s attainment at Key Stage 4 in a suite of eight subjects with the attainment of students with similar prior attainment nationally. Progress 8 measure will consist of the following qualifications:

English (1)

Maths (1)

EBacc (3)

Open tier (3)

English Language

English Literature

Mathematics

Sciences

Geography

History

Languages

High-value arts

Academic

Vocational

 Each year the curriculum is reviewed so that we cater for all students in the most effective way.  This would also include a number of students following a reduced number of options to support their learning and progress across all subjects.

Assessment, curriculum and qualifications

The reformed GCSEs will remain universal qualifications, with a balance of more challenging subject content and more rigorous assessment structures, enabling pupils achieving higher grades to progress onto A Levels. The Russell Group and other leading universities will have a greater role in the design of new A Levels.

 

Assessment frameworks will be changing nationally and moving towards a new numerical grading system. This will be phased transition, starting with Year 10 English and Mathematics from September 2015. All parent/carers received a copy of the new St. Julie’s assessment framework during summer 2016.

 Key Stage 5 2016/17

All students from Year 11 who apply to St Julies may be offered a place in Sixth Form for either Level 2 or Level 3 courses. It is essential that each student are coursed correctly in line with their prior attainment in relation to their GCSE grades and vocational or academic pathways they may be considering Post-16 and Post-18. Clear pathways from Key Stage 4 are implemented to ensure smooth progression between Key Stages and beyond. The curriculum offer within Sixth Form is predominantly academically focused however the vocational offer has been increased in order to meet the needs of students and the regional job market. All students who do not achieve a grade C or above in English and Mathematics will continue to attend compulsory lessons each week Post-16. This is a statutory requirement.

Please note that the majority of A Level courses have now moved to linear assessment (i.e. no marks accrued in Year 12 A/S examinations can be carried forward to Year 13). In these subjects, students will be taught on the basis that they will follow the course for two years. If they choose to drop the course after one year and sit A/S Level examinations, they must understand that teachers will not have explicitly prepared students for A/S Level content or assessment criteria, both of which now differ from full A Level.

Year 12

AS History

Applied Business Studies

AS Art and Design

AS Chemistry

AS Spanish

AS English Literature

AS Biology

AS Drama

BTEC Music

BTEC Graphics

AS Dance

AS English Lang/Lit

AS Sociology

AS Physics

AS Health and Social Care

AS Travel and Tourism

AS Mathematics

AS Psychology

AS Religious Studies

Applied ICT

 

AS Geography

BTEC Science

 

 Year 13

A2 Chemistry

A2 Drama

A2 English Language

A2 Art and Design

A2 Geography

A2 English Lang/Lit

A2 Spanish

A2 Biology

A2 English Literature

A2 Mathematics

A2 Sociology

A2 Dance

A2 Applied ICT

A2 Religious Studies

A2 Travel and Tourism

A2 Psychology

BTEC Music

BTEC Science

A2 History

A2 Applied Business Studies

 

A2 Health and Social Care

BTEC Graphics

 Applied ICT