Options Information for 2018-19
At Laurence Jackson School we believe we provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all, through a personalised learning pathway to meet individual student needs.
The Options process begins with a Student Voice ‘Straw Poll’ assembly, which helps to inform us what subjects our students would like take, within their learning pathways, followed by a series of options assemblies, an options convention evening and a personal interview with the student, parents/carers, form tutor, associate tutor and/or a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT)
The Options Convention Evening and joint Y9 Parents Evening, is held on Thursday 7th February 2019. This is organised to ensure our students make the right informed choices, based on their learning pathways, for their future
Our Options Convention Evening provides the opportunity to talk to staff and Y10 students currently studying the subjects to discuss the curriculum content, the assessments, and examinations as well as being able to look at other student’s works to gain a valuable insight to the work the students will be doing in their KS4 curriculum.
One to one interviews are held with parents and students to discuss the relevant learning pathways, using the most recent data and recommendations to produce a personalised curriculum. These interviews, will be conducted with a member of the SLT team and/or the form tutor or associate tutor. These interviews take place on Thursday 28th February 2019.
Learning Pathways in Year 10
- Red (English Baccalaureate)
- White (Optional English Baccalaureate)
- Blue (Non EBacc)
- Green (Personalised Curriculum Group)
All students follow a three year GCSE course (Eng/Ma/Sci/French/Spanish) complemented by a two year GCSE for all other remaining subjects
All pathways are designed to be broad and balanced yet meeting the needs of the individual students and fulfilling new accountability measures.
Key dates for your diary for 2019:
Year 9 PC2 to parents
Options launch in Y9 Assembly, options booklet and forms issued.
Options convention evening 4.00pm – 6.30pm
Pathways presentations 4.00pm and repeated at 6.00pm
Core Subject Parents Evening 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Option 1:2:1 interviews with students, parents, SLT and/or Form tutor/associate tutor
Option form returns. Deadline date. Returns to the office.
Options confirmed. Letters to parents/students of confirmed option choices
Mrs Sharron Carter
Laurence Jackson School KS3 & KS4 Curriculum and Curriculum Model
At Laurence Jackson School we believe that every student should have access to a balanced and broadly based curriculum that is crucial for the development of all learners and will provide opportunities for life beyond Laurence Jackson School. Our school curriculum;
- Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of all students
- Prepares students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
Significant changes have been introduced recently to GCSEs and the Performance Tables.
Performance tables will have the new Performance Measures - Progress 8, Attainment 8, %A*-C in English & Maths, English Baccalaureate and Destination Measures.
- The New KS4 curriculum changes for English and Maths was introduced in September 2015.
- From Sept 2016, the English Baccalaureate subjects commence their new curriculum, with other subjects to follow in subsequent years.
- New grading systems in place for English and Maths, with other subjects to follow.
- Legacy GCSE’s will not be included in the Performance Tables for 2017.
- Greater emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar continues.
- All exams are now linear exams.
- Assessment without levels
- QWC - Quality of Written Communication continues.
- Resits for English and Maths Post 16 for all students who did not get a C grade or above at Secondary school age.
Key Stage 3
On arrival in the school each student is placed into an appropriate year group. Within each year group every student is placed into a mixed ability form.
In Year 7 students are usually taught in mixed ability forms. Some departments set students in their first year as a result of their KS2 data and some internal assessments.
In Key Stage 3 students are assessed as calendared throughout the year via Progress Checks, please refer to the school's assessment policy for further information.
In Year 9, the students select their options. An Options Booklet and options form is issued to students to share with parents/carers before final decisions are made. The choice of subjects is the result of a careful process of consultation involving students, parents/carers, staff and if required other curriculum partnerships such as Connexions and post 16 providers. These are all delivered through assemblies, straw poll, pilot tests and option pathway routes, along with our 1:1 options interviews with parents/carers and the students.
An options pathway was introduced to support the Governments decision on the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) qualification and to also ensure we meet the new Performance Measures – Progress 8, Attainment 8, % A*-C in English & Maths and the English Baccalaureate qualification, However, we do provide a personalised curriculum for all and ensure the right pathway has been made for each individual child.
Key Stage 4
There have been big changes in the curriculum recently and as a result, we, as a school, have changed too. As we move away from % 5 A*-C inc English and Maths to the new Performance Measures - Progress 8, Attainment 8, % A*-C in English and Maths, EBacc qualification and Destination Measures and from modular exams to terminal examinations, we believe it is the right time to change our curriculum for the core subjects and commence the KS4 curriculum in Year 9 for English, Maths, Science, Business & Communication Systems, selected French GCSE and Spanish GCSE classes. This will aid the delivery of the increased curriculum content and to develop the students’ knowledge and understanding, as well as the skills necessary to maximise their potential over a longer period of time. ‘Improving their life changes’
Last year in Science, students that were in Y9 experienced some bridging units to the new AQA GCSE Specifications and are now embarking on the full new specifications this year. In addition this year in Science a five year curriculum plan is being implemented with Y7 and 8 students. The Scheme of Learning (SoL) for these year groups has been mapped out over a five year period to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of the scientific concepts covered in this new curriculum. This will enable the students to have the best possible chance of success in their Y11 terminal exams with effective use of curriculum time across the 5 years. Y11 students are completing the ‘AQA legacy specification’ and Y9 have a bespoke transition scheme of learning which has been designed to best prepare them for the new AQA GCSE Specifications.
Most of the subjects offered lead to nationally recognised GCSE or equivalent qualifications.
KS4 students are mainly taught in groups set according to their ability, although in some options subjects, due to their small number uptake, they are taught in mixed ability groups.
GCSE subjects include: Core subjects English, English Literature, Maths, Core and Additional Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics,
Art, Business & Communication Skills, Catering, Child Development, Computer Science, Engineering, French, Geography, Graphic Products, Health & Social Care, History, ICT, Music, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Religious Education, Resistant Materials and Textiles.
College Courses: Beauty Therapy Level 1, Construction Level 1, Hairdressing Level 1.
Personalised Curriculum: Duke of Edinburgh Award
A series of curriculum Twilight sessions were developed as a result of pupil voice and students requesting additional subject options after school. These include: Further Maths, RE, ICT Cambridge Nationals, Computer Science and the Arts Award.
The Curriculum Model for 2018-19