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					   Managing the New
  Curriculum Changes
The opportunities and challenges for
  Catholic Schools – a perspective
   from Notre Dame High School

          Brian Conway
          Deputy Head Notre Dame High School
          bconway@notredamehigh.norfolk.sch.uk
     Three Hats!
           Deputy Head at
          Notre Dame High
               School




SSAT Regional Lead            Member of CES
  Practitioner for
                            14-19 Working Party
Curriculum Change
Firstly ……

   SSAT Regional LP
    for Curriculum
    Change – part of
    the DCSF and QCA
    support network for
    the 2008
    Curriculum Changes
What are your drivers for
curriculum change?
   National ‘imposition’
   Local need
   Staff dissatisfaction
   Parental Demands
   Student demands – are all students
    achieving / participating
   Standards – can they be maintained in view
    of the challenges of new courses?
   Leadership - meaningful change and
    curriculum evolution
Have you a plan for
implementation?
   Timescales for change
   Functional Skills
   Diploma entitlement – 2013
   Missing the funding bandwagon?
Summary of changes

   KS3 – L2L, Seal, Accelerated
    Curriculum, Opening Minds
   KS4 – Diplomas – Gateway 1,2 and
    Gateway 3 bids, Functional Skills,
    other courses
   VI Form – Diplomas, new A Levels,
    (International Baccaleaureate),
    Extended Project
    Support available….

   NCSL events – currently taking place
3 October*      Samuel Whitbread School Bedfordshire
7 October*      Birchwood High School Hertfordshire
16 October      Notre Dame High School Norfolk
21 October      Swavesey Village College Cambridge
24 October      Kesgrave High School Suffolk
17 October      Lea Valley High School Enfield
20 October      John Kelly Girls Technology College Neasden

Will focus on ‘Managing Change’ * events will include info on Diplomas
Support from SSAT

 Regional Conferences in December –
1st Dec Dunston Hall Norwich
Case studies of schools approaches to
  change

March 2009 – workshops on the lessons
 from Gateway 1 Diploma lines
Change Hats….

   CES 14- 19 working
    party
KS3

   How can we make use of the
    opportunities presented?
   Individual schools responding to
    change in different ways
   Norfolk ‘sample’
   What can Catholic schools do that is
    appropriate?
KS3 for Catholic schools

   Real opportunities to shape KS3
   SEAL? – could fit with ethos
   A chance to share and develop our
    best practice
   I would like to share examples of
    innovative KS3 developments with CES
   Examples to me please………
Diplomas and the CES 14
– 19 Working Party
‘The CES works hard to ensure that the
  Catholic sector has a voice in the
  discussions surrounding changes to 14-19
  education in England and Wales.’
 On the CES website you will find case studies
  of Catholic schools already engaged in new
  ways of working in the 14-19 phase, a list of
  the Catholic schools/corsortia offering
  Diplomas from September 2008, proposed
  curriculum models, an example of post-16
  collaboration, and much more.
Challenges to Catholic
Schools
   Common timetabling?
   Students leaving site for two days per
    week?
   Other students coming into school?
   Content / context of some Diploma
    Lines?
   % of time for RE?
   Skewing the curriculum for a minority?
Opportunities?
   Can we use these opportunities to enhance
    our mission?
   Will our students take our ethos and spread
    it to others?
   Will those students who come to us be
    enlightened by our faith?
   Can we use Diploma content imaginatively?
    – CAFOD?
   Can we maintain our timetable and RE time?
Change Hats….

   Deputy Head at
    Notre Dame High
    School
Background
   Large 11-19 1400 nor High School
   Large catchment and ability range
   Located in Norwich – close to college and
    other schools
   Specialisms in MFL, Science and Training
    School
   Part of Open Opportunity – a collaborative
    with local schools and college (City College,
    Earlham, Framingham Earl, Hewett & City of
    Norwich Schools)
How did we begin to decide
how we wanted to use these
curriculum opportunities?
   Roadmap
   Shared document – owned by all
   One vision of where we are going
   Shared with all – including our
    partners in collaborative
KS3
   HODs individually wanted to innovate – a 2 yr KS3
    is a natural outcome in several subjects
   Those HODs that were reluctant have been forced
    to reshape their curriculum in response to early
    innovation
   Reorganisation (middle schools etc) can be a real
    opportunity to reshape the curriculum radically
   SEAL to be embedded into Y7 – enhances the ethos
   Options – the students want some in Y8
   Planning for possible FS in Yr9
   Vocational tasters in Y9
KS3
   SATS
   Revere them with the reverence they deserve
   If Governors come to understand the relative
    importance then make sure all staff are equally
    aware of the Governors views!
   If we can’t forget them entirely how far can we
    ignore them?
   Wouldn’t FS be more appropriate?
KS4
   True Partnership pays dividends- as a Catholic School we
    need to be vigilant about our role and confident in the
    partnership
   Be honest – send students to quality providers, ensure they
    miss as little of our spiritual aspects as possible
   Choice needs IAG early - Parents must be involved
   Common timetable a must – how does this affect assemblies?
    Masses?
   5 Young Apprenticeship courses – involved in teaching 3 of
    them
   Diplomas – Currently offering 2 but will have 7 possible lines
    next year – will be involved in teaching 4
   IFP
   AS and Extended Project in Y11
Innovation in KS4

   International Baccalaureate tasters
   Extended Project in Y11
   AS in Y11 must have an A2 in Y12
   Ensure all students have a pathway –
    college, training providers in at every
    opportunity. If they are to leave us for
    courses elsewhere can we make sure
    that our ethos goes with them?
Y12 and Y13
   Common timetabled courses – we welcome
    other students and we allow our own to
    access elsewhere
   International Baccalaureate – CAS, TOK
   Diplomas – cannot have them on roll at ND
    due to LSC funding
   Access to ‘Former Home Institution ethos’ –
    a recognised aspiration within the
    partnership
Final Thoughts

   Several times a year – collapsed
    timetable for whole school
   Educational Visit
   Two way mentoring
   Music
   Language

				
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