Curriculum_Reform_Students by girlbanks


									DRAFT - Key points – Summary
The new model is designed to increase the extra curricular opportunities, reduce
exam pressure, give more choices to students and maximise exam results.
   •   5 x 60 min blocks over a 2 wk timetable.
   •   Two year KS3, options at the end of year 8 and a three Year KS4.
   •   Post 16 still based on four AS and three A2 but with more flexibility and
       room in the timetable for support lessons, lectures, re-sit support,
       Medical/Oxbridge prep etc. A couple more ‘Frees’ but each a little shorter.
   •   Students do not need to do more than 10 GCSEs, 4 A/S or 3 A2
       qualifications nor be over committed in extracurricular activities –
       but there will be more choices in all these areas and some will do
       more extra curric, exams etc – only IF it is right for them.
   •   Improved extra curricular provision - dozens of new clubs
   •   Fewer lunchtime lessons - by KS4 and the sixth form there are
       currently dozens of lunchtime lessons
   •   Students can carry on with more favourite subjects to GCSE if you
       want but also will not have to carry on with more than at the moment
   •   Reduced pressure at GCSE with 3 years to study what used to be done
       in 2 - more time for the most interesting topics or topics not in the exam.
   •   At the moment it is not possible (unless you give up lunchtimes and after
       school) to do, for instance, 2 humanities, two languages and an art
       subject at GCSE - it will be. Many more combinations will be possible.
   •   Students in KS4 – supervised and supported private study lessons - a bit
       like 6th Form
   •   There will not be more h/w – and fewer times for it to be in ‘next lesson’
   •   More variety of subjects in the 6th form
   •   Some 6th form teachers have complained about not having enough time
       for the syllabus - they will get more time in the new model.
   •   Activities / 'opt-in' modules in lesson time - eg first aid, public speaking,
       art appreciation, drama club, music ensembles, DofE, football (esp y 7&8)
       + many more. Students opt in rather than do one they didn't like.
   •   Other points: improved canteen service, we will keep time between
       lessons, very few (if any) doubles, the school day will not finish later and
       there will still be a long lunch of about 1hr.
   •   Extra ‘slots’ for sports teams, House Drama, House teams, music
       groups etc to be able to practice and rehearse with Tuesday Afternoons as
       well as less congested lunchtimes.
   • Greater personalisation, increased choice, increased flexibility for support.
   • Increased sense of ownership / authorship of your own learning.
   • Opportunity for further innovation and development of curriculum in future
Key Stage Three – 2 years
   • Options towards the end of year 8 (around Easter), with chances to review
       choices / change your mind.
Key Stage Four – 3 years
   • Three years – all exam subjects have more time overall at KS4 for GCSE
   • Some students will study 10 GCSEs, some will study 11 or possibly even
       12. Those studying 10 will be able to get additional support.
   • There will be room for future development to suit student needs.
   • More students can carry on with additional Arts or Humanities option if
       they have a talent / ability. For example, in the future, double languages,
       two Humanities and an Arts subject will be possible - it wasn’t in the past.
Post 16
   • Most students will study 4 to AS and 3 to A2 but there will be a chance for
       an extra course and/or 4th A2 for appropriate students, by negotiation.
   • There will be the chance for easier timetabling of additional support
       lessons for students of all abilities and aspiration.
   • A programme of lectures to support university style learning.
For staff
   • We can give planning time over the year ahead.
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Curriculum Changes

The model staff are working on and that has been in the newsletter a number of
times is of a two year KS3, a three year KS4 and a two year 6th Form. There any
many additional options, flexibilities and support built into the normal curriculum
(see below) and the 5 lessons per day will be 60 minutes each.

There are many new choices that students and their parents will be able to make
and we will work really hard to make sure students do not over commit or, if they
make the wrong choice, we will help them be able to change to a better option.

Benefits for students

In year 7 and 8
   • National expected outcomes for Key Stage Three are level 5. Pate’s
      students are there not at the end of year 9 but before they start year7.
      The new model will allow you to study a more appropriate level, free from
      the Govt National Curriculum.
   • Some subjects do not have enough time - such as ICT– there will be more
   • With staff and parental help, you make option choices at the end of year 8
      but can carry on with more subjects than before, if you wish.
   • Every Tuesday afternoon, you will get an activities programme from
      lunchtime until the end of the day. This might involve clubs such as
      football, dance, ICT club, various music groups, war hammer club etc etc.
      you will be able to choose what you do for 7 week blocks of time. Many of
      these sessions will be run, for some of the year, by year 12 students.
   • There will be more time for PE – 5 lessons a fortnight not four
   • You will have time for rehearsing for School Shows, concerts, House Music,
      House Drama etc during the school day (Tuesday afternoons) and will not
      have to give up as many lunchtimes or after school sessions.
   • There will not often be five teaching lessons each day as there will be the
      two Tuesday afternoon sessions (see above) and the five PE or Games
      slots over the two weeks.

In year 9 – 11
   • The teachers will guide you to GCSE over three years rather than two. This
      will allow greater time, less pressure, more opportunities for trips etc and
      the opportunity to learn more than is on the exam syllabus. Year 9 would
      be a transition year in many subjects rather than the work that you will be
      assessed on in year 11 – as has happened in English for a while.
   • A whole range of GCSE option combinations currently impossible will
      become a reality (see sheet).
   • For many 10 GCSEs will be right but currently nearly half the year do more
      than 10 GCSEs and some do 12. Where it is best for the student, these
      can be properly timetabled.
   • A whole range of GCSEs will not need to be studied after school or at
      lunchtime during year 9 or in years 10 – 11 – these might include Latin,
      Astronomy, Dance, Spanish, Mandarin
   • Some new GCSEs will become available – e.g. ICT and Food. PE has been
      introduced in anticipation of these new flexibilities.
   • If you wish to take up a new subject such as a new language, e.g.
      Spanish, you can start with properly timetabled lessons from year 9 rather
      than having to wait until year 10. A whole extra year will make the higher
      grades more likely.
   • Next year, across the country many GCSEs will become modular and can
      be tested in small exams along the way. This has already happened in
      Science and has been a contributory factor to science results shooting up
      in recent years. It removes the pressure of doing all exams at the end of
      year 11 and allows for re-sits if you do not do as well as you hoped. That
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       is not possible at the moment, other than in Science. The old model makes
       lessons to support these re-sits very difficult but the new model will allow
       timetabled lessons for just such support. Sixth Form students and teachers
       already do modules and re-sits and often feedback that support for re-sits
       is really important but difficult to fit into lessons so, in the old model, they
       become lunchtime or after school slots.
   •   There will be supervised private study lessons for years 10 and 11 so that
       they get used to 6th Form working. A teacher can help with coursework,
       revision, homework, research etc. This will also allow for a great deal of
       one- one mentoring to take place in lesson time which is very difficult at
       the moment.
   •   Every Tuesday afternoon, you will get an activities programme from
       lunchtime until the end of the day. This might involve clubs such as sports
       clubs, drama, first Aid, the start of D of E, general fun clubs. Many of
       these sessions will be run, for some of the year, by year 12 students. It
       might be useful to use some of this time for revision as exams get closer
       in year 11.
   •   Timetabled Yr 11 A level taster lessons would help y12 options. The old
       model makes this difficult–especially ‘new’ subjects–e.g. Econ, Psych etc.

In the Sixth Form
   • All subjects will get at least one more lesson per fortnight to help support
       learning and deal with the ever increasing pressures of study in the sixth
       form. There will be a few more 'Free' lessons per student but each will be
       60 rather than 70 minutes long.
   • For a number of years, some subjects have had more time for A level
       teaching than other subjects. Some teachers in those subjects have felt
       that unfair and that it holds back standards that students can achieve. In
       the new model they will all have the same time and many subjects will,
       therefore, increase the time to a point that many subject teachers have
       felt was necessary.
   • At the moment there are many additional curricular opportunities in the
       sixth form such as Mandarin, Italian, Film Studies, CSLA, D of E. We have
       been looking at others such as History of Art, other languages, ICT
       courses etc. At the moment few students can make the combination that
       is right for them without using after school or lunchtime sessions. In the
       new model there will be many more timetabled opportunities – freeing
       lunch etc for extra curricular activities, house activities etc.
   • Most students will continue with four AS subjects but 5 might be right for
       some and will be possible now. Many will only do 3 x A2. The new model
       will make 4 x A2 and 5 x AS much more possible but is not a main reason
       for the changes. It is worth bearing in mind though that a number of Unis
       are saying that, even though they will still make offers of ‘Three A’s’ or
       ‘Two A’s and a B’, a 4th A2 will be seen as beneficial in applications and
       may be something that determines whether an offer is made at all.
   • At the moment, if you want or need extra lessons for Medic, AS re-sits,
       Oxbridge, A* at A2 support etc etc then the lessons tend to be after school
       or lunch time. This will change so that many can take place in lesson time.
   • At the moment, some subjects use lunchtime lectures to support learning
       but attendance can be difficult because there are so many things
       happening at lunch. In the new model, some lectures will be able to be
       timetabled in normal lesson time, without clashes, so that more subjects
       and students can benefit from this university style learning approach.
   • The Tuesday afternoon flexibility will also benefit 6th Form students. Some
       of the time can help fit in extra curricular time – eg Senior House Music
       rehearsals, some can be for personal statement / UCAS support, in some
       year 12 will be asked to consider running clubs for younger students, in
       some the time will be available as PSPM. This will need to be worked out
       with Sixth Formers in the months ahead.

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What GCSE Combinations have been difficult with the old model?

NB - All students will continue to study GCSE English Lang and lit, Maths, Physics,
Chemistry and Biology. There will also continue to be non-examined courses in
                                                    Are these        Will these be
                                                  possible now?        possible?
Hist, Geog, Fr, Gm, Art                                 X                  √
Hist, RE, Germ, Span, Music                             X                  √
French, Germ, Geog, Drama, DT                           X                  √
French, Mandarin, German, Hist, Art                     X                  √
French, Spanish, Art, Music, History                    X                  √
Etc etc

Anticipating new curriculum flexibilities, some new subjects are being offered in
the old curriculum but we need flexibility to maintain new subjects / offer more:
       PE                   Dance                  Latin                 Mandarin
       Astronomy            Spanish                ICT                   Food

These can either not be studied or, until recently, only be studied at
lunchtime/after school. All are likely to be in a new curriculum model and during
normal lesson time.

NB students may study 10 GCSEs or add an 11th (as many do at lunchtimes now)
or, for a few, up to a 12th GCSE.
Many will benefit in KS4 from some element of:
    • Possibility of studying new combinations (see above)
    • Extra help with revision, c/w, h/w, mentoring in supported private study
    • Wider choice of subjects
    • More time to reach higher grades and/or study beyond the exam specs
    • Opportunities for re-sits or to spread out exams so they are not all in yr 11
    • Additional extra curricular opportunities

Other Details
Give or take 5 or 10 minutes there will be many similarities with the current
model but these minor tweaks allow a number of benefits.

What are the similarities and differences?

Food: There will be a faster, bigger and easier break time food service.
       Enhanced Breakfast food service. Sixth Formers able to eat in ‘Frees’
School Day: See attached draft models being considered
       There will be breaks for movement, grabbing a set of books or nipping to
       the loo between every lesson. School will not finish any later – tbc. With
       the varied timetable above including more PE/Games in Key Stage Three,
       Tuesday Afternoon Activities, flexible lessons such as Supervised Private
       Study in Key Stage Four etc, there will be very few days in a fortnight
       when there will be 5 academic lessons in a row for students. I know that
       teachers will look to plan carefully so that there is not more homework and
       also so that there isn’t an unreasonable burden in carrying too many
       books to and from school each day.

Other Grammar Schools: I have been asked and interestingly, few, if any, have
70 minute lessons. The most common model is 60 minutes. That in itself does not
mean we should to copy but it does mean that it can work. We need to look at
the other benefits. It is also worth noting when considering the rhythm of the
day, few schools with the five 60 minute lessons per day have as much sport and
extra curricular /activity time built into the school timetable – as above – so there
may be few direct comparisons with the new curriculum model proposed.

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Student Feedback
Feedback is welcome on all aspects and many decisions are still to be finalised
but there are some questions needing student input?

   1. How can we use Tuesday Afternoon Flexibility in all year groups so that
      they become a really special and exciting part of the programme at Pate’s?
   2. How should we best support the options process in year 8?
   3. How do we help students decide on 10, 11 or in a few cases, 12 GCSEs?
   4. How can we best support modular entry and re-sits at GCSE and A level?
   5. How do we maximise the effectiveness of Key Stage Four Supported
      Private Study for c/w , revision, mentoring, research, h/w support etc?
   6. In the 6th form, How can we use the new flexible curriculum in the sixth
      form to support re-sits, UCAS, Uni tests, interview prep, A* targeting,
      lectures etc?
   7. In the 6th Form, if there will be fewer extra curricular clashes – how do we
      help students choose so that they do not become over committed?

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