Our curriculum in years 7-11

Curriculum Aims

We are adamant that every student should follow an appropriate curriculum pathway that is designed to enable them to effectively progress into their next phase of their lives. Our curriculum model is not designed to be ‘one size fits all’ and we will draw upon internal and external solutions to ensure that the needs of every student is being met. We believe in producing well rounded individuals and appreciate that success comes in many guises. We will strive to ensure that every student achieves their potential during their journey at North Birmingham Academy.

In years 7-11 class sizes average 27.  At KS4, class sizes for ‘option subjects’ are dependent on the number of students who select that option.  Heads of Departments are allowed to choose whether to set by ability or to teach in mixed ability groups according to what they believe achieves the best outcomes in their subject.

There are five 1 hour lessons (6 for Year 11).  Subjects are delivered through a mixture of singles and double lessons as requested by Heads of Department.

PSHE to all years is taught during form time and supplemented through drop down days / visiting workshops/speakers throughout the year.

The purpose of the KS3 curriculum is to build the foundations required for successful study of the 9-1 curriculum at KS4.  Departments have planned their KS3 curriculums by first looking at the content and skills required in the GCSE Specifications followed at KS4 and ensuring that students are exposed to these elements in Years 7-9.

We believe that each day in school for a student (from their first day in Year 7) should be a step towards achieving their best possible outcomes in Year 11.  This is supported further by ensuring that students are aware of their (minimum) GCSE target grade from Year 7 and reporting to them if they are ‘on track’ (or not) to meet these target grades at various intervals through KS3.

KS4 Options 2019-20
Curriculum Model 2019-20

Any questions?

If you have any questions or queries please contact Assistant Headteacher, Chris Seager email: chris.seager@e-act.org.uk

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