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Calder High School. 21 st Century Learning. Learning. Vision. Class of 2016. Curriculum. Teaching. Resources. Meeting the challenge A 21 st Century Curriculum. “ We must quit training kids for our past, and instead prepare them for their future.” Tony Blair Former Prime Minister.

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High School




Class of 2016




meeting the challenge a 21 st century curriculum
Meeting the challenge A 21st Century Curriculum

“ We must quit training kids for our past, and instead prepare them for their future.”

Tony Blair

Former Prime Minister


Well-educated pupils are socially, personally and emotionally intelligent, know what knowledge they need and how to acquire and use it in various contexts.

Mick Waters, QCA


An effective curriculum enables all pupils to feel that they are gifted and talented.

Education Bradford


We need to abandon the approach of designing progression routes for the ‘ideal learner’ and then differentiating the curriculum for young people who do not fit this mould.

Disability Rights Commission


The curriculum should not be seen as something limited to school and formal education, but should be holistic and widespread.

Financial Services Skills Council


Assessment should focus on identifying what learners can do rather than grading them according to what they cannot.

Royal National Institute for the Blind

Education only flourishes if it successfully adapts to the demands and needs of the time. The curriculum cannot remain static. It must be responsive to the changes in society and the economy, and changes in the nature of schooling itself.

National Curriculum

what is our curriculum vision
What is our curriculum vision ?
  • Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • Confident individuals who are able to live a safe, healthy and fulfilling life
  • Active and responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to the well being of present and future generations
how well are we doing
How well are we doing?

Key Stage 4

2006 - 2010

Performance for the last four years consistently above the average in all other schools across the country

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How well are we doing?

Key Stage 4


Percentage of pupils gaining 5 or more

A* - C grades in their GCSEs


Our best ever results !

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How well are we doing?

Key Stage 4

  • 2008 69% 5+ GCSE grades A*-C
  • 2009 75% 5+ GCSE grades A*-C
  • 2010 76% 5+ GCSE grades A*-C
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How well are we doing?

Key Stage 5


  • 97% pass rate at A’ Level
  • 29% A and B grades
  • 4 A* grades in first year
  • Outstanding Level 3 success
what else are we doing well
What else are we doing well?

Specialist Status in Technology

Awarded in 2000

Massive investment in resources

Meeting the needs of 21st Century learners


ICT in every classroom

New Professional Standard Catering Teaching Room

Science Laptops

Handheld voting technologies in maths



Our status as a Specialist Technology College has allowed us to purchase new heat processing equipment from Flamefast UK ltd. which will allow our design and technology students to add brazing, forging and casting to their armoury of skills.

This equipment allows us to further develop our engineering capability, and also feed into the range of processes available for our A level Product Design and Art, Craft & Design students. In particular, for Art, Craft & Design, it allows us to cast bronze sculptures and undertake decorative metal work which is a unique facility for a secondary school.”


Celebrating Earth Day (22 April 2010) : Sweet & Maxwell volunteers pictured above with staff and students. A wide variety of plants, vegetables and herbs have been planted in our Eco garden which supplies the Technology kitchen.


2010: over sixty students from our local Specialist Technology College partner schools designed and built a fleet of working hovercraft in just one day.The event, organised in partnership with the University of Bradford’s School of Engineering, Design and Technology, brought together students from Calder, Rastrick, St Catherine’s and Calderdale College to design, build and test their own mini-hovercrafts capable of carrying a student-pilot, from a range of materials given to them at the start of the day.


Expert Curriculum Input

Year 12 and 13 Product Design students host a visit and presentation from global flooring giant InterfaceFLOR – the largest modular carpet manufacturer in the world. Senior Product, Design and Innovation Director Nigel Stansfield described to the students the process of turning their business from a “normal traditional business, to one which looks at sustainability in its products and its operations on a daily basis”.


Students take part in a design consultation workshop with architects from the Leeds-based firm Bauman Lyons …


Technology Challenge Day for four local schools. Year 8 Calder High students joined by students from Park Lane, Halifax High and Ravenscliffe special school for the all-day event.

how can we continue to improve what is our curriculum offer
How can we continue to improve?What is our curriculum offer?
  • 2 years of Key Stage 3 study on a broad national curriculum
  • 3 years of Key Stage 4 study on a personal curriculum
  • Emphasis on progression in English and Mathematics all the way through
what are our curriculum objectives
What are our curriculum objectives?
  • Flexibility – a variety of qualifications and pathways
  • Personalised learning – different routes available
  • Suited to all abilities – high flyers, active learners, supported learners
  • Engagement – early choice, variety of subjects
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What are our curriculum objectives ?
  • A choice of Science courses appropriate to the individual
  • Technology and ICT for all
  • Applied and work relevant courses 14 -19, using the best off-site facilities
  • Progression routes 11-19 for all our learners



Class of 2016




what does it look like
What does it look like?
  • GCSE Subjects
  • BTEC First Certificates and Diplomas
  • Young Apprenticeships
  • Off-site vocational training courses
  • Curriculum Support Options
  • Progression options
  • Enrichment courses
what is the core curriculum
What is the CORE Curriculum?
  • English (Language & Literature)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology and ICT
  • P.E.(non GCSE)
  • Learning for Life– Citizenship, RS, Careers, Work Related Learning, Enterprise Learning, Health & Education in Personal Relationships
how do the national qualifications differ
How do the national qualifications differ?



2 tiers of entry

Higher tier A*-C

Foundation C -G

All GCSEs can be taken in ONE year

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How do the national qualifications differ?


BTEC First Certificate First Diploma

Level 1 / 2 Level 1/ 2

Equivalent to 2 GCSEs Equivalent to 4 GCSEs

(at grade G - D) (at grade G – D)

(at grade C – A*) (at grade C – A*)

These courses can be taken in ONE year

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How do the national qualifications differ?

Young Apprenticeships

  • These are established, well regarded, two year courses which lead into employment with further training. They are worth 5 GCSE higher grade passes.
  • In September two courses are available in Hair and Beauty & Construction
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How do the national qualifications differ?

Off-site vocational training courses

  • These include a variety of subjects and qualifications delivered by work based learning providers
  • They require ONE full day off site
  • Some are two year courses
  • Places are limited
  • Offered when a pupil enters Year Ten
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How do the national qualifications differ?

Support options

  • Learning support is available in small groups or on an individual basis
  • It is used to support students with their literacy,numeracy and coursework
  • It can be combined with a number of optional learning courses such as COPE
  • Mr Muir will consult with you if we think support is necessary
science at key stage 4
Science at Key Stage 4
  • Triple Science – 3 separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • Double Science – Dual Award of 2 GCSE passes
  • BTEC Science – applied course equivalent to 2 GCSEs
  • Triple and Dual Science are suitable for progression to A’Level Science courses
  • Science staff will advise
enrichment courses
Enrichment Courses
  • Wide choice of courses to broaden and enrich the learning experience
  • Some courses are accredited
  • Focus on developing skills and complimenting the core curriculum
how does the option system work
How does the option system work?
  • Options process in years 9, 10 and 11 repeated each year with 2 choices in each year
  • Option courses (most) completed in one year
  • Students assigned a curriculum specialist throughout Key Stage 4
why make new choices each year
Why make new choices each year?
  • Accreditation throughout the Key Stage
  • Access to college and work based learning
  • A much broader choice of subjects and courses
  • A personal curriculum – breadth and depth
  • Opportunity to mix academic and applied learning
  • A Levels and Level 3 courses can start in Year 11
how does it suit all our learners
How does it suit all our learners?
  • Provision for level 1, 2 and 3 learners
  • Applied, vocational learning at levels 1 & 2 in Years 9,10,11 and level 3 in Year 11
  • GCSE courses at level 2
  • AS courses and Level 3 in Year 11
  • Year 7 and 8 – National Curriculum
  • Year 9 – Completes his ICT and PE GCSEs , passes both! Does Tae Kwon Do for enrichment
  • Year 10 – Level 1 BTEC in Construction – full day at college, full day in school working on Resistant Materials GCSE (1). Gains Junior Sports Leader award in enrichment.
  • Year 11 – Second year of Construction at level 2. 1 full day of work placement . Passes Maths and English GCSE and BTEC Science (2 GCSEs).
  • Year 12- gets apprenticeship place in Carpentry with a local company and 1 day college release.
  • Year 13 –Completes apprenticeship full time place at Calderdale College. Gets job offer through work placement
  • Becomes well qualified builder. Earns more than all of us put together.
  • Aspires to study Science at Oxford
  • Top set Years 7/8
  • Year 9 indulges her talents, Music and French : 2 GCSEs and studies European Culture for enrichment
  • Year 10 –completes a textiles GCSE , continues to play in school swing band and attend Calderdale Music Centre; takes Maths and English Language GCSE and Debating in enrichment.
  • Year 11 – starts AS Maths in the Core, takes English Literature and ICT ; passes Biology, Chemistry and Physics; and ICT (5 GCSEs); picks up AS French
  • Year 12 – completes A2 Maths and French; AS Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Year 13 – A2 Biology, Chemistry and Physics; AS Music
  • Broad curriculum; indulged talents; developed other talents along the way; 5 A2s and 1 AS qualifications
  • Goes to Oxford, first class degree; language qualifications mean she gets job in research lab in Paris, has fabulous life, wins Nobel prize for scientific research
progression post 16
Progression post -16
  • Level 1 learners to level 2 work relevant First Diploma
  • Level 2 in Year 12 to level 3 National Certificate Years 13 and 14
  • Level 2 learners to work relevant Level 3 National Certificate
  • National Certificate with an A’ Level
  • National Diploma Level 3
  • Level 2 learners GCSE to A’ Levels
key people
Key people
  • Mrs Ratcliffe - Deputy Headteacher
  • Mrs Cotton – Assistant Headteacher
  • Mrs Kendrick – Year Achievement Leader
  • Curriculum specialists – advice and guidance
  • Mr Muir – support options
  • Subject Leaders – subject/course details
  • Form Tutors – questions, help, forms
  • Elaine Walker – Connexions Advisor
what next
What next?
  • Talk at home about career aspirations and available choices
  • Special assemblies, subject talks and events in school
  • Information, advice and guidance to individual students
  • Make choices on Options Form with Curriculum Specialist and parent
key dates
Key Dates
  • Tonight-Information for parents
  • 16th November – Subject consultation evening
  • 1st December – parents and students meet with a curriculum specialist
  • 6th December Choices Form deadline