Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact

In Education, the ‘curriculum’ is broadly defined as the ‘totality of pupil experiences that occur in the educational process’.

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Curriculum Policy

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:

Pupils do, however, have the opportunity to integrate (in a mixed gender sense) in the following ways:

Key Stage 3 and 4 Curriculum Overview

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

Click here for DfE Guide to the EBacc

Mastery Curriculum

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:

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:

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Click here for the KS3 Information Evening Presentation