Due to the nature of the setting it is highly likely that students will not be placed in chronological year group, however we have created curriculum maps in chronological year group as this makes it easier for the DFE to see what we are covering. As we will continue to be used as a medium term mental health recovery placement (1-2 years) it will generally be the case that students will have moved to another school before taking GCSE. Those students who do take GCSE are likely to be older than year 11 in most cases, or will have joined us later in their school career in year 9 and 10, and not be ready emotionally or mentally to leave yet. They will require BESPOKE 1:1 tuition and BESPOKE schemes of work because it will depend what has been covered with them previously and where the gaps are in their learning as to what educational aims are covered when. Currently our 2018/19 GCSE offer is limited to English Language, Maths, Sciences, art (3 different types), media studies. Music is also facilitated by an outside provider.
We have capacity to offer Business studies, languages, citizenship at GCSE and will plan for these with the exam boards should students wish to take them in 2019/20
In addition to the BESPOKE life skills programmes created for small groups of students in liaison with psychologists and occupational therapists, we also teach Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education via a purchased scheme. The sheme books are modern, relevant and accessible and are further complimented by the young people bringing in their own resources and starting points. We are currently investigating the possibility of delivering citizenship 9-1 GCSE via OCR in 2019/20
If students have maintained chronological year group, the geography curriculum is designed to have covered the GCSE syllabus by the end of year 10. This leaves year 11 to re-visit and expand case studies, carry out additional fieldwork residentials, and prepare for examination. If students have not maintained chronological year group, or have entered the school in order to do re-takes, a bespoke sheme of work will be created for them based on an initial assessment of what knowledge has been maintained from the previous setting. See sample Medium Term Plans on the next tab.
Year 11 - we do not offer history GCSE. If, however, a student showed exceptional aptitude we could provide this on a 1:1 tuition package basis, as the syllabus for year 10 covers 50% of the GCSE course with OCR. The student would need to be within chronological year group or out of chronological year group on a re-take tuition basis. See sample Medium Term plans on the next tab.
We do not currently have students with a desire or capability to take a language course at GCSE level, therefore we do not have language plans beyond Y9. However with native or highly competent speakers/teachers on the staff (German, French, Hindi, Urdu and Spanish) we have the capacity to offer bespoke courses following the OCR syllabus should students wish to take these in the future via 1:1 tuition.