KS3 Curriculum – exciting new learning pathways
In Years 7 and 8, the majority of students follow a broad and balanced curriculum comprising the following subjects:
- Food Technology
- Modern Foreign Languages – Spanish or French
- Physical Education
“Secondary Ready Curriculum”
The two-year Secondary Ready programme has been devised in order to give, carefully selected, SEND pupils academic support via Quality First Teaching that is delivered to cater for specific needs.
Pupils are selected for the pathway following careful analysis of information provided by primary schools during transition as well as using data gathered during the induction days during Term 6. The group is selected by members of the Senior Leadership Team, the SENCo and the pupils’ new Head of Year.
The class follow a mainstream curriculum but receive extra literacy and nurture sessions in place of modern foreign language lessons. The nurture sessions come in the form of intervention and support both pupils’ academic and pastoral needs. The literacy lessons are delivered by the English Department and are overseen by the Literacy Co-Ordinator and the SENCo.
The Secondary Ready class is then monitored by the SENCo who carries out regular work observations and work scrutiny.
The Secondary Ready group is also supported by teaching assistants who are experienced in working with SEND pupils. The teaching assistants oversee the writing of pupil profiles and are included in the monitoring and tracking of the pupils’ progress over time.
In Year 8, the Secondary Ready pupils are also supported with their options choices with the SENCo working with both the pupils and parents to ensure that appropriate options are selected for KS4. This helps to maximise the pupils’ progress and attainment. Some pupils will continue to receive in class support throughout KS4 with most pupils also receiving continued support via the SEN Interventions Team.