The Academy broadly follows the curriculum guidance outlined in the Single Academy Model Mainstream Funding Agreement.
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Single Gender Classes
There is a long established practice of single gender teaching in Southend. Of the 12 secondary schools in the borough, 6 (4 grammar and 2 faith) are single gender.
The Academy is a mixed gender school but many classes are single gender. The rationale behind this practice is based around the following:
- The differences in how male and female pupils learn allow teachers to adapt their teaching methodology specifically to gender.
- The potential distractive influences for both genders, particularly at KS4, are greatly reduced, creating a more purposeful learning environment.
- Single gender classes, particularly in the case of females, is considered to be a contributory factor in breaking gender stereotypes.
- Pupil outcomes (attainment and progress) for both genders have and continue to be significantly above national averages.
Pupils do, however, have the opportunity to integrate (in a mixed gender sense) in the following ways:
- Assemblies and ‘drop down’ sessions.
- Non-EBacc GCSE option subjects.
- Life Skills 'drop down' sessions.
- Duke of Edinburgh Award.
- Sports Leader Award.
- Arts Award.
- Unstructured time e.g. break and lunch.
- Extra-curricular activities.
- Educational activities off site.
Key Stage 3 and 4 Curriculum Overview
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- Click here for Business Studies
- Click here for Citizenship and RE
- Click here for Computing and ICT
- Click here for Design Technology
- Click here for Drama
- Click here for English
- Click here for Food Preparation and Nutrition
- Click here for French
- Click here for Geography
- Click here for History
- Click here for Maths
- Click here for Music
- Click here for PE
- Click here for Science
- Click here for Sociology
- Click here for Spanish
- Click here for Statistics
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Pathways Information
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Click here for the Key Stage 4 Subject Specifications
Click here for GCSE Subject Guide
A mastery curriculum is based on the central belief that virtually all learners can learn all important academic content to a level of excellence.
In a mastery curriculum model, classes move through topics at one pace until the vast majority (most systems use an 80% benchmark) reach an agreed level of competency, with a carefully considered benchmark for mastery.
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Marking and Assessment
In June 2013, the DfE confirmed that National Curriculum (NC) levels would be removed. Schools were subsequently given the challenge/autonomy to implement their own assessment arrangements.
In April 2014, the DfE published guidance on assessment which contained three principles of effective assessment systems i.e. they should:
- Give reliable information to parents about how their child is performing.
- Help drive improvement for pupils and teachers.
- Make sure the school is keeping up with external best practice and innovation.
In addition, the transition from alphabetical (A*-G) to numerical (9-1) grades at KS4 has led to a decision by the Academy to introduce a mirrored grading system at KS3.
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Pupils at KS3 are assessed against a set of Indicative Competencies for each subject.
These Indicative Competencies ensure that assessment is reliable, meaningful and understandable by:
- Identifying a maximum of six ‘areas of competency’ – the crucial skills, abilities and/or knowledge required in order to succeed in each subject across key stages.
- Outlining a clear route of progress, with the competency demands at each grade increasing in depth, breadth and complexity.
- Promoting the attainment of mastery of a subject’s competencies as the key to success.
- Determining the grade at which these areas of competency emerge in pupils’ responses.
- The format and wording of Indicative Competencies are designed to support feedback and target setting.
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Click here for the KS3 Information Evening Presentation