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Curriculum Structure. 2013-14 a nd beyond. Being clear about the need for change. In Millburn Academy we need to ‘develop skilful, resourceful, resilient, flexible and independent learners ’ who are well prepared to contribute to 21 st century society.

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curriculum structure

Curriculum Structure

2013-14

and beyond

being clear about the need for change
Being clear about the need for change
  • In Millburn Academy we need to ‘develop skilful, resourceful, resilient, flexible and independent learners’ who are well prepared to contribute to 21st century society.
  • Six years in Millburn Academy already facilitates the rounded development of young people – academically, emotionally, spiritually and physically. How do we ensure this is the case for all pupils?
  • There are a wide variety of opportunities for learning and development available to young people in Millburn Academy and in the wider community.
being clear about the need for change continued
Being clear about the need for change…continued
  • Many pupils achieve highly and make the most of the opportunities available. (Especially in the senior school)
  • Not all young people achieve what they are capable of. Motivation? Inspiration? Skills? Support? Self awareness/understanding? Relationships?
  • For example, anumber of pupils are not achieving post Foundation/General courses and/or not in sustained, quality destinations.
  • Improving attainment at all levels in the senior school is a key ongoing priority(more later).
being clear about the need for change continued1
Being clear about the need for change…continued
  • Analysis of our SQA results suggests that lower ability pupils find it difficult to progress in the senior school as our course options do not suit them very well.
  • We need to work on our senior options so that pupils of all abilities can work out clear progression pathways.
  • Our curriculum structure must maintain what is good about our current SQA attainment and improve the picture wherever possible.
national advice about s3
National Advice about S3

Curriculum Design

Every child and young person is entitled to experience a broad general education (up to the end of S3). At S3, programmes and courses are based on the Es and Os, typically at third and fourth curriculum levels depending on young people’s prior progress and achievements.

In S3, young people have opportunities for increased specialisation that prepare them for the senior phase.

The design of the S3 curriculum allows learners to specialise in preparation for qualifications and personal achievement. Such choices do not involve traditional subject choice at the end of S2 (or earlier) for all young people in a cohort for a two-year course leading to qualifications in S4.

For some young people, appropriately challenging learning experiences involve learning beyond fourth curriculum level Es and Os and stretching into National 5 level work.

Education Scotland Inspection Advice Notice (Aug 2012)

the best opportunity
The best opportunity ...
  • We have, at this time of major change, the best opportunity to ensure that all our pupils have the best possible chances of success in life beyond Millburn Academy.
  • We must make sure that we provide a curriculum experience which will enable young people to achieve at the highest level possible at all times and which allows them to successfully compete with learners from other schools/areas/countries.
  • We must ensure that what we offer is sustainable, affordable and effective in terms of improving the life chances of learners and in ensuring a rewarding experience for all learners and staff.
what do we need to achieve
What do we need to achieve?
  • The proposed curriculum will ensure that agreed required skills are progressively planned to build upon prior learning and ensure that learners can engage with familiar and unfamiliar learning contexts appropriately and with maximum success relevant to each individual.
  • In order to achieve individual potential, all learners will develop key skills appropriate to each age/stage across all their learning. We must ensure pace and challenge and take account of prior learning.
  • We must be clear what skills and knowledge we value in our learning community. Factual knowledge and recall, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating, effective use of ICT, Working with others, Skills for Life, Learning and Employability...
essentials of the proposal
Essentials of the Proposal
  • 33 period week, with periods of 50 minutes
  • Pupils study 8 options + core subjects in S3
  • Pupils study 6 options + core subjects in S4
  • Pupils study up to 6 options + core subjects in S5
  • Pupils study up to 6 options + core subjects in S6
slide9

2013/14 proposal

RME = Religious and Moral Education, LS = Learning Skills, IL = Inquiry Learning, HWB = Health and Wellbeing, PSE = Personal and Social Education

slide10

2014/15 & beyond

RME = Religious and Moral Education, LS = Learning Skills, IL = Inquiry Learning, HWB = Health and Wellbeing, PSE = Personal and Social Education

school day change benefits
School Day change benefits
  • Longer periods and double periods (particularly in the senior school) are better for Teaching and Learning.
  • Fewer attendance recording events (32 rising to 33 instead of 40) – if 4 minutes spent on each attendance recording event, then this saves 28 minutes per week which is absorbed into teaching time.
  • 10 minute registration time ultimately becoming teaching time (targeted notices delivered during period 1: assemblies on rotated extraction) creates 50 minutes more teaching time per week.
  • Fewer cross-overs subject-to-subject leading to less time wasted in transit.
  • Column 6 can include activity other than a 6th NQ course, such as volunteering, work in the community, work experience, buddying, study time, SQA unit awards, accountable House Vice-Captain time, charity work, research project etc
slide12

Structure of Day 2013-14

Option 1

Three days

Registration 8.45 – 8.55 (10)

Period 1 8.55 – 9.45 (50)

Period 2 9.45 – 10.35 (50)

Interval 10.35 – 10.50 (15)

Period 3 10.50 – 11.40 (50)

Period 4 11.40 – 12.30 (50)

Lunch 12.30 – 1.20 (50)

Period 5 1.20 – 2.10 (50)

Period 6 2.10 – 3.00 (50)

Two days

Registration 8.45 – 8.55 (10)

Period 1 8.55 – 9.45 (50)

Period 2 9.45 – 10.35 (50)

Interval 10.35 – 10.50 (15)

Period 3 10.50 – 11.40 (50)

Period 4 11.40 – 12.30 (50)

Lunch 12.30 – 1.20 (50)

Period 5 1.20 – 2.10 (50)

Period 6 2.10 – 3.00 (50)

Period 7 3.00 – 3.50 (50)

slide13

Structure of Day 2014 Onwards

Option 1

Two Days

Period 1 8.45 – 9.35 (50)

Period 2 9.35 – 10.25 (50)

Interval 10.25 – 10.40 (15)

Period 3 10.40 – 11.30 (50)

Period 4 11.30 – 12.20 (50)

Lunch 12.20 – 1.10 (50)

Period 5 1.10 – 2.00 (50)

Period 6 2.00 – 2.50 (50)

Three Days

Period 1 8.45 – 9.35 (50)

Period 2 9.35 – 10.25 (50)

Interval 10.25 – 10.40 (15)

Period 3 10.40 – 11.30 (50)

Period 4 11.30 – 12.20 (50)

Lunch 12.20 – 1.10 (50)

Period 5 1.10 – 2.00 (50)

Period 6 2.00 – 2.50 (50)

Period 7 2.50 – 3.40 (50)

slide14

Structure of Day 2013-14

Option 2

Three days

Registration 8.45 – 8.55 (10)

Period 1 8.55 – 9.45 (50)

Period 2 9.45 – 10.35 (50)

Interval 10.35 – 10.50 (15)

Period 3 10.50 – 11.40 (50)

Period 4 11.40 – 12.30 (50)

Period 5 12.30 – 1.20 (50)

Lunch 1.20 – 2.10 (50)

Period 6 2.10 – 3.00 (50)

Two days

Registration 8.45 – 8.55 (10)

Period 1 8.55 – 9.45 (50)

Period 2 9.45 – 10.35 (50)

Interval 10.35 – 10.50 (15)

Period 3 10.50 – 11.40 (50)

Period 4 11.40 – 12.30 (50)

Period 5 12.30 – 1.20 (50)

Lunch 1.20 – 2.10 (50)

Period 6 2.10 – 3.00 (50)

Period 7 3.00 – 3.50 (50)

slide15

Structure of Day 2014 Onwards

Option 2

Two Days

Period 1 8.45 – 9.35 (50)

Period 2 9.35 – 10.25 (50)

Interval 10.25 – 10.40 (15)

Period 3 10.40 – 11.30 (50)

Period 4 11.30 – 12.20 (50)

Lunch 12.20 – 1.10 (50)

Period 5 1.10 – 2.00 (50)

Period 6 2.00 – 2.50 (50)

Three Days

Period 1 8.45 – 9.35 (50)

Period 2 9.35 – 10.25 (50)

Interval 10.25 – 10.40 (15)

Period 3 10.40 – 11.30 (50)

Period 4 11.30 – 12.20 (50)

Lunch 12.20 – 1.10 (50)

Period 5 1.10 – 2.00 (50)

Period 6 2.00 – 2.50 (50)

Period 7 2.50 – 3.40 (50)

slide16

Structure of Day 2013-14

Option 3

Four days

Registration 8.45 – 8.55 (10)

Period 1 8.55 – 9.45 (50)

Period 2 9.45 – 10.35 (50)

Interval 10.35 – 10.50 (15)

Period 3 10.50 – 11.40 (50)

Period 4 11.40 – 12.30 (50)

Period 5 12.30 – 1.20 (50)

Lunch 1.20 – 2.10 (50)

Period 6 2.10 – 3.00 (50)

Period 7 3.00 – 3.50 (50)  

One day

Registration 8.45 – 8.55 (10)

Period 1 8.55 – 9.45 (50)

Period 2 9.45 – 10.35 (50)

Interval 10.35 – 10.50 (15)

Period 3 10.50 – 11.40 (50)

Period 4 11.40 – 12.30 (50)

Lunch 12.30 – 1.20 (50)

Period 5 1.20 – 2.10 (50)

slide17

Structure of Day 2014 Onwards

Option 3

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday

Period 1 8.45 – 9.35 (50)

Period 2 9.35 – 10.25 (50)

Interval 10.25 – 10.40 (15)

Period 3 10.40 – 11.30 (50)

Period 4 11.30 – 12.20 (50)

Period 5 12.20 – 1.10 (50)

Lunch 1.10 – 2.00 (50)

Period 6 2.00 – 2.50 (50)

Period 7 2.50 – 3.40 (50)

Wednesday

Period 1 8.45 – 9.35 (50)

Period 2 9.35 – 10.25 (50)

Interval 10.25 – 10.40 (15)

Period 3 10.40 – 11.30 (50)

Period 4 11.30 – 12.20 (50)

Lunch 12.20 – 1.10 (50)

Period 5 1.10 – 2.00 (50)

other points
Other points
  • Inquiry Learning Period
    • Initially as a trial in S4 and subsequently in S1-S3.
    • Focus on broad cross-cutting questions, with an emphasis on using the full range of Literacy skills identified in the CfE documentation and how these can be applied across the curriculum.
    • This period is the seed for the future growth of Inter-Disciplinary Learning.
feedback
Feedback
  • We will compile an online survey to make this as easy and accessible for all members of the school community as possible. There will be a link to the survey on the front page of the school website, and it will go live on Monday 26th November.
  • We will put together a booklet with the key points from the presentation for your information. The booklet will also include the survey in case you would prefer to complete and return it in paper form. The booklet will be issued to all parents via pupils.
  • Please return your thoughts by Friday 7th December.
  • Thank you for taking the time to thinking about all of this and if you have any questions…