The Curriculum 2019-20
Curriculum Leader: Mr A Abbass
Fleetwood High School provides a broad and balanced curriculum at Key Stage Three and Four, which is both diverse and enriching whilst ensuring learners can achieve their potential and can progress on to appropriate career pathways and be successful in all aspects of their future lives. Our curriculum is aimed at ensuring all our students master a body of knowledge and skills that will fully prepare them for their life when they leave school. The fundamental modern British values of democracy, liberty and rule of law are promoted, with mutual respect and tolerance towards those of different faiths and a rejection of extremism. Religious education is broadly Christian with the principles of ‘SACRE’ in mind.
The curriculum has been designed with clear statements of what students should know and be able to do at each point of their school journey to enable them to successfully progress on to the next stage. This is tiered sequentially to build on previous learning and regular Question Level Analysis allows teachers to identify knowledge and skill gaps to address through future teaching.
The curriculum is reviewed/amended annually to ensure it remains fit for purpose. This ongoing review involves senior leaders and subject leaders to achieve a shared curriculum vision and establish agreed principles;
Teaching for memory is a key focus of the curriculum to ensure that key knowledge is retained and can be applied to different contexts as appropriate. Interleaved Retrieval Practice is delivered throughout the curriculum along with a range of other approaches to facilitate knowledge retention. Years 7 and 8 have weekly key facts tests in form period which re-enforce key knowledge from across the curriculum. Students have knowledge/skills organizer and develop their own mind maps to support their retention of learning.
Oracy, literacy and reading are developed in all subject areas to ensure students from all backgrounds build up the vocabulary needed to fully access all curriculum areas.
Key Stage 3
KS3 is aimed at giving students a full, rounded and enriching experience which equips them with the knowledge and skills needed for GCSE and beyond. Aspiration, knowledge retention and exam resilience are promoted throughout.
English and Mathematics studied 4 hours/week and Science 3 hours/week.
History, Geography and RE are each studied for 1 hour/week; French, Computing and Physical Education are also provided for 2 hours/week each.
2 hours of Design Technology are delivered, comprising Art, Food Technology, Graphics and Resistant Materials, on a timetabled carousel. Performing Arts is also studied for 2 hours/week (Dance, Drama and Music) on a carousel.
1 hour of Citizenship skills is provided, which includes Independent Study Skills, Career aspirations and future educational decisions are researched and supported. Personal Health and Finance Education are also part of this curriculum.
Key Stage 4
Our objective is to fully prepare students for Level 3 Courses, after Fleetwood High by developing in them an appropriate body of knowledge along with a skill set to independently learn and practice higher order thinking skills. The Curriculum aims to challenge students and support them in reaching their potential for all routes, including University Degrees or Apprenticeships.
English and Mathematics are studied for 5 hours per week in Key Stage Four, as Literacy and Numeracy are keys to future success.
Science is studied for 5 hours/week and can lead to either 2 Combined GCSE passes or 3 GCSE Triple passes of ‘Biology’, ‘Chemistry’ and ‘Physics’.
Students take 3 subjects as part of the Options process. Ebacc subjects offered are History, Geography, French and Computer Science, studied for 2 or 3 hours per week. Of these, History and Geography are well selected by students; many continue these studies Post 16.
Further Options available include GCSE Art, Food Technology, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Drama, Music, PE and Religious Education.
Dependent on learning styles and future career interests, some Options are Btecs such as Dance and Music Technology, providing a more practical approach to learning, compared to the full exam-based academic subjects.
Being mindful of 2018 Labour Market Information (through Lancashire Enterprise Partnership) regarding Sectors with greater demand in our Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre travel-to-work area, other vocational Btec qualifications are studied which allow students an excellent route into specific College courses and Work-based Apprenticeships. These are Business Studies, Health/Social Care, Travel & Tourism and Construction. This complements four of the sectors with the largest percentage rise over the last 12 months (and predicted for the next few years) of ‘Retail’, ‘Health & Social’, ‘Visitor Economy’ and ‘Construction’. Qualifications with recent limited potential for local employment e.g. Hairdressing or Horticulture whilst valuable are not currently delivered.
Additionally, students Physical Education, Computing and Citizenship including Healthy living, Relationships and Sex Education and Career Guidance, which is further supported by Employment and College experience involving our main providers; Blackpool & Fylde College and Blackpool Sixth Form and Careers Interviews with Career-Nav – our external provider.
Guidance is pupil centred and may result in a minority of pupils following a learning pathway that does not include all of the ‘English Baccalaureate’ subjects. This may involve vocational subjects which do not gain points in school performance tables, though provide foundations towards future destinations.
An alternative curriculum is designed for the needs of learners who require further time to develop their skills and focus on resilience, teamwork and independent skills. A Prince’s Trust option is available for learners, and includes the Princes Trust Award, Functional Skills English, Maths and IT and a variety of engaging Vocational Awards. Literacy, Numeracy and a variety of engaging qualifications are taught through project based learning. Additional provision is offered on a needs basis for learners who would benefit from a more College-based, vocational setting, with a Motor Vehicle qualification delivered at 4-Tec Moto. 2017/18 Princes Trust students won the North West Community Impact Award. Students who were on vocational courses are all now flourishing with one student awarded ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at Blackpool and Fylde College.
Students at risk of permanent exclusion access a bespoke alternative curriculum either in school (AP3 or AP4), at an alternative provider or a combination of the two.
The school will always make curriculum decisions which are in the best interests of keeping young people in education, fulfilling their potential, preparing them for life and progressing them on to appropriate career pathways rather than what would maximise performance table points for the school.