Our Curriculum

We believe that learners achieve best when they enjoy and can see a purpose to their work. We strive to meet individual learning needs through a range of curriculum programmes at both key stages.

Older students have the opportunity to follow a wide variety of different curriculum pathways which lead on to college, university or directly into employment. Every student is given support to ensure that they make the right choice for both their ability and interests. We constantly review our curriculum to make sure it meets the current and future needs of our students and society.

Students are set homework which they record in their planner. Homework is expected of all students and is carefully designed to extend the learning that has taken place during lessons.

Key Stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is followed in years 7 and 8. Students follow a broad and balanced curriculum which includes subjects such as English, Maths, Science, ICT, Humanities (Geography, History, RE and PSHCE), PE, Design and Technology, a Modern Foreign Language and the Creative Arts.

The Curriculum in Year 9 and Year 10

In Year 9, students will begin to study GCSEs. Their core curriculum time will consist of maths, English language and English literature, science, physical education and RE/life. Students have choosen a further three courses, which they will study for the next 2 years. The expectation is that all students will study at least one EBacc option. In addition to these, students will be guided towards the study of further subjects in Year 11 to complement their existing qualifications. By providing students with a broad and balanced curriculum, and supporting them to achieve the highest possible grades, our aim is to ensure that they have the best possible life chances. Our guided pathways process supports this vision.

The Curriculum in Year 11

In Year 11, students will continue to study GCSEs in maths (4 hours per week), English language and English literature (4 hours) and science (6 hours). They will also have a single period of physical education. In addition to these, and subjects taken in Years 9 and 10, students will be guided towards the study of further subjects in Year 11 to complement their existing qualifications. By providing students with a broad and balanced curriculum, and supporting them to achieve the highest possible grades, our aim is to ensure that they have the best possible life chances. Our guided pathways process supports this vision.

The new government measure for students and schools?

For 2016, the government has introduced a new method of gauging a student’s overall performance in their Key Stage 4 exams. This new Level 2 Threshold uses a new method called Attainment 8. An examples of how Attainment 8 works can be found below. This attainment 8 measure will be used by many colleges, apprenticeships and universities in their admissions criteria, to determine the suitability of candidates for particular courses. For information, students will still receive graded certificates for each course to show their final result for each subject. There will also be an Attainment 8 score which will be used as a measure for admissions criteria.

What intervention will Outwood use to ensure students are successful?

We have tailored our curriculum to ensure that every student has the opportunity to obtain a good Attainment 8 Score. Some students may need to take extra English and/or maths and/or science options to help them achieve their best possible grades in these key subjects. We believe that for some students this is the right course of action and would ask that parents work with us see that this is a positive opportunity.

We are committed to equipping our students with the Key Stage 4 qualifications needed to ensure that they have the best possible chance of success in the next phase of their life.

Attainment 8

Basket

Slot

Subject

Notes

Weighting

1

1

English

For English – can be Language or Literature – best grade double counted, but only if both taken

X 2

2

Maths

2

3

EBacc 1

From - GCSE Sciences, including GCSE Computer Science, GCSE Geography, GCSE History, GCSE MFL

X 1

4

EBacc 2

5

EBacc 3

3

6

Other 1

From - approved vocational courses, further EBacc subjects, other GCSE subjects

X 1

7

Other 2

8

Other 3

Notes:
The highest grade for each ‘basket’ of subjects, are the ones that count towards the Attainment 8 total score.

GCSE grade G=1, F=2, E=3, D=4, C=5, B=6, A=7, A*=8
BTEC grade Level 2 PASS=5, MERIT=6, DISTINCTION=7, DISTINCTION*=8

The total score (see below) is divided by 10 to give an average score per subject – this is a student’s Attainment 8 score. Note, the total is always divided by 10, even if a student has some slots empty.

More information can be found in the DfE publication:
Progress 8 measure in 2016 – Technical guide for maintained secondary schools, academies and free schools

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Examples

Student 1

 

Subject

 

Grade

 

Score

 

Notes

GCSE Maths

C

10

Maths is doubled (5x2=10)

GCSE English Language

A

14

Doubled (7x2=14) - the student has also taken English Literature

GCSE History~

B

6

EBacc basket

GCSE Core Science~

A

7

EBacc basket

GCSE Additional Science~

B

6

EBacc basket

BTEC Construction

Merit

6

 

GCSE Computer Science~

C

5

 

GCSE English Literature

B

6

 

Total

 

60

Divided by 10 = 6.0 (grade B)

 

Student 2

 

Subject

Grade

Score

Notes

GCSE Maths

B

12

Maths is doubled (6x2=12)

GCSE English Literature

A*

16

Doubled (8x2=16) - the student has also taken English Language

GCSE French~

A*

8

EBacc basket

GCSE Physics~

A*

8

EBacc basket

GCSE Chemistry~

B

6

EBacc basket

GCSE Art and Design

A*

8

 

GCSE Child Development

B

6

 

GCSE English Language

A

7

 

Total

 

71

Divided by 10 = 7.1 (between grade A and A*)

 

~These are EBacc subjects – a student's best three EBacc grades count towards their Attainment 8 measure