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The Beaconsfield School Curriculum 2022-2023

 

1.Intent – What are the knowledge, skills and values we want our students to have?

The Beaconsfield School curriculum is underpinned by our core values of hard work, respect, responsibility, empathy and community. We see the curriculum as our students’ total experience of school, this includes the taught academic curriculum, the extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities we provide and the learning students gain from the mutually respectful relationships with staff at our school.

The aims of our school curriculum are:

  • To ensure students gain the knowledge, skills and qualifications they require to progress onto further education, apprenticeships or employment
  • To develop confident, responsible and articulate young people who are well prepared for life in modern Britain

2.Implementation – how do we structure our curriculum and why do we do it in this way?

Our taught curriculum is structured into 6x 50 minute lessons per day.

 

The school has a three year KS3 and a two year KS4 programme, we have deliberately retained a three year KS3 curriculum to ensure breadth of study for all students. The subjects taught and the time allocated in periods per week are listed in the table below:

 

KS3

Subject

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

English

5

5

5

Maths

5

5

5

Science

4

4

6

MFL – Spanish & French

2

2

2

Geography

2

2

2

History

2

2

2

RS

1

1

1

PE

2

2

1

Art

1

1

1

Music

1

1

1

Design Technology

2

2

2

Drama

1

1

1

Computing

1

1

0

PSHE

1

1

0*

MPC (My Personalised Curriculum)

0

0

1

*PSHE in Year 9 is taught through curriculum enrichment days 

 

KS4

 

 

Subject

Year 10

Year 11

Compulsory Core

English

5

5

Maths

5

5

Science

6

6

EBacc

Pathway

MFL – Spanish & French

3

3

Geography

3

3

History

3

3

(Taught from Sept 2022 as full GCSE course in Year 9)

RS

0* taught via Curriculum Enrichment Days for 2022-2023

0* taught via Curriculum Enrichment Days for 2022-2023

Compulsory

PE

2

2

PSHE

Taught via Curriculum Enrichment Days

Optional subjects

Art

All optional subjects are allocated 3 periods per week

Music

Design Technology

(Food/Textiles/Graphics/Resistant Materials)

Drama

Computing

Business

GCSE PE

BTEC Sport

Film Studies

Photography

Religious Studies

Action4Youth – Inspiration Programme

 

KS5 Curriculum

At Sixth Form students choose 3 main subjects, these are either A-Levels, BTEC Level 3 Certificates or a combination of the two types of qualification. Subjects are allocated 5x 50 minute lessons per week.

2022-2023 is the final year of the school offering the IBCP programme, some Y13 students study IB programmes in Psychology, Anthropology and IT in Global Society.

All students have the opportunity to study the Extended Project Qualification and the Finance Certificate in Year 12.

All Sixth Form students have allocated periods of supervised study and are expected to complete 20 hours of volunteering.

Subjects offered at KS5 are:

A Level:

Art. Craft and Design

Biology

Applied Business

Chemistry

English

Geography

History

Maths

Psychology

Sociology

BTEC:

Science

IT

Sport

 

Curriculum maps are available for each subject discipline, these provide an overview of what is taught together with the rationale for sequencing the subject curriculum in this way.

Via weekly department planning time sessions, department subject teams regularly review the implementation of their curriculum in terms of whether the students are making sufficient progress, refining pedagogy in respect of the TBS Way and having dedicated time to improve subject knowledge as appropriate.

 

3.What are the distinctive features of our curriculum?

 

A focus on literacy –The school recognises that a proportion of our students do not have mastery of literacy skills once they leave primary school.  This has been further impacted by the Covid-19 lockdowns. All subjects have ‘responsive reading’ embedded within their planned curriculum, this is a 10-15minute reading task, linked to the topic being studied selected to expose students to high quality academic literature and broaden their vocabulary. The school runs a literacy nurture group in Year 7 and Year 8 and systematically assess students progress in reading as we believe this is a fundamental pre-requisite to success in the future for our students.

Personalisation – in Year 9 students have one period dedicated to ‘MPC’ – My personalised Curriculum. Students choose an enrichment or super-curricular course, these range from Song Writing, Criminology,  Leadership through PE, and more, there are 9 choices available which are built around students interests. The school has chosen to dedicate curriculum time to these pursuits to foster students curiosity and interest in developing new skills, to recognise that not everything of value can be taught to students within the confines of academic subjects and to provide ways to deliberately enhance students cultural capital.

Courses that are engaging, relevant and achievable - At Key Stage 3, we have deliberately protected our broad curriculum, including Technology, Art, Drama, Music. TBS has made a deliberate choice to promote students completing the full Ebacc, while we operate in a selective county we have a significant proportion of high ability on entry students and it therefore entirely appropriate for the school to provide an academically rigorous and ambitious curriculum for our students.  We have ensured that every student has the opportunity to study the full Ebacc should they wish to do so.

Ensuring that the curriculum is ambitious and challenging for all students including those with SEND- we carefully track to ensure that all students have a robust and challenging curriculum, relevant to their needs.  All students have the opportunity to study a language and whilst some do not take it to further study at Key Stage 4, all have exposure to functional languages and the cultures behind them

4.How do we quality assure the quality of education our students receive?

The school uses a variety of mechanisms to quality assure the provision our students receive, these are:

  • Learning Walks
  • Lesson Observations
  • Student Voice
  • Book Sampling
  • Assessment information review meetings
  • External partnership reviews via Challenge Partners and the ASTRA network.
  • Subject review meetings

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