Curriculum

The recent government educational reforms, including the emphasis on linear examination based GCSEs and the shift away from many vocational courses for the 14-16 age group, resulted in a need to review our current curriculum model. A more competitive world and aggressive jobs market, means that we need to find the best way of maximising student performance, so that they can progress beyond Year 11.

Evidence from a number of GCSE subjects including, Business, Science, English and Maths shows that our students respond well to starting their Key Stage 4 work in Yr 9, so spreading the work burden over three instead of two years should prove advantageous to student performance.

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The government is removing the opportunities for early entry and re-sits during the academic year, so we a three year key stage 4 with rigorous internal assessments will better prepare our students. A three year Key Stage 4 will also enable students to have a broader choice of subjects.

An expert government panel came to the following conclusion:

“The dip in achievement towards the end of Key Stage 3 is a well-documented phenomenon that is often attributed to a lack of student engagement and sense of purpose. We have therefore been considering the benefits of reducing Key Stage 3 to just two years to enable Key Stage 4, and GCSE preparation, to expand to three years in duration and thus provide a higher quality curriculum.”