Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to enable our young people to grow in subject knowledge, skills and understanding, whilst developing pupil confidence and resilience so they can successfully move onto further education, training and employment. Developing the whole child is essential so they can live a life that has purpose and meaning to them and enables them to engage positively in their relationships with their local community and with society in general.

High quality teaching with therapeutic experiences including Thrive, lead to sound academic and personal development. Our curriculum is founded on developing and in some cases, restoring self confidence and self esteem focusing initially on the development of a thorough understanding of the young person and developing trusting relationships between the young person and staff.

Curriculum Aims (Pre-16 and Post-16)

At New Skill Centre we aim to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum for all secondary-aged pupils that builds their experiences and develops all to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

A bespoke curriculum is devised with each young person and their family in our Post 16 setting. Young people have the opportunity to select subjects of interest from a wide range of courses at differing qualification levels and will continue to study English and Mathematics unless they have previously achieved GCSE grade 4 or equivalent.

Specifically, the aims of our curriculum are to:

  • Ensure pupils achieve high standards and make good/excellent progress.
  • Enable those not achieving age-related expectations to narrow the gap and catch up with their peers.
  • Ensure pupils have and are able to apply key literacy, numeracy and digital skills.
  • Challenge and stretch pupils to achieve their potential.
  • Encourage pupils to enjoy learning.
  • Meet the needs of all pupils
  • Provide equal access for all pupils to a range of learning experiences.
  • Help pupils develop lively, enquiring minds, an ability to question and argue rationally and an ability to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills.

Curriculum Outcomes (Pre-16 and Post-16)

Pupils will have:

  • Made measureable progress across the range of subjects to allow them to achieve qualifications and or accreditation that reflect their ability and allows them to progress further.
  • Literacy and communication skills which enable access to the full curriculum, future courses, to enter the workplace and match the underlying abilities of the pupil.
  • Numeracy skills which enable access to the full curriculum, future courses, to enter the workplace and match the underlying abilities of the pupil.
  • Digital skills required to access future courses or enter the workplace including the knowledge and skills to use them safely.
  • Developed the knowledge and skills to maintain their health and wellbeing.
  • Developed their understanding of the world in which they live and how they can have a positive impact.
  • Developed the skills and knowledge to make informed choices for their future.
  • Developed personal, social and emotional skills which will ensure their inclusion in the wider community and the ability to maintain positive, healthy relationships.
  • Developed moral values, respect and tolerance of other races, beliefs and ways of life.
  • Developed learning, organisational and thinking skills to support their next steps and future goals.

Subjects and Allocation

KS3 subjects and allocated lesson time per week

  • English 3 lessons
  • Maths 4 Lessons
  • Science 3 lessons
  • Humanities 3 lessons
  • PSHE 1 lessons
  • Physical Education 2 Lessons
  • Ethics and Philosophy 1 lesson
  • Thrive activities 1 lesson
  • Languages 2 lesson
  • Resistant Materials 1 lesson
  • Animation & Digital skills 1 lesson
  • Cooking 1 lesson
  • Music 1 lesson
  • Art 1 lesson

Year 10 subjects and allocated  lesson time per week

  • English 4 lessons
  • Maths 4 Lessons
  • Biology 3 lessons
  • History 2 lessons
  • Geography 2 Lessons
  • Ethics & Philiosophy 1 lesson
  • PSHE 1 lessons
  • Physical Education 2 Lessons
  • Animation & Digital skills 1 lesson
  • Thrive activities 1 lesson
  • Combined touch typing and one to one reading – 1 lesson.

3 optional lesson choices from creative, social and physical option blocks – which include Music, Art, Resistant Materials, Fitness, Film studies, Cooking, Social games & Thrive activities.

Additionally, careers education, group reading and social & emotional skills development are taught through tutorial time. Time is also allocated for personal reading.

Year 11 subjects and allocated lesson time per week

  • English Language 3 Lessons
  • English Literature 3 lessons   
  • Alternatively, pupils may follow a route of 5 English Language lessons a week and one touch typing & one to one reading lesson.
  • Maths 4 Lessons
  • Biology 4 lessons
  • History 3 lessons
  • Ethics & Philosophy 1 lesson
  • PSHE 1 lesson
  • Physical Education  2 Lessons
  • Animation & digital skills 1 lesson

3 optional lesson choices from creative, social and physical option blocks – which include Music, Art, Resistant materials, Fitness, Film studies, Cooking, Social games & Thrive activities.

Additionally, careers education, group reading and social & emotional skills development are taught through tutorial time. Time is also allocated for personal reading.

 

Qualifications achieved by year 11 pupils in 2022/2023

Achievement

Percentage of pupils

5+ GCSE grade 9 to 1 or equivalent

50%

3+ GCSE grade 9 to 4 or equivalent

33%

3+ GCSE grade 9 to 1 or equivalent

66%

1+ GCSE grade 9 to 4 or equivalent

50%

 1 GCSE grade 9 to 1 or equivalent

92%

Post 16

The Post 16 students have bespoke timetables which are co-constructed with them and their parents. They are expected to arrive from 9:30 and are greeted by staff on arrival. Lessons start at 9:40 and end at 3:10 pm.

In the Post 16 setting, English and Mathematical skills will continue to be developed through their bespoke curriculum. If a young person has not yet achieved GCSE grade 4 or equivalent in English and/or Mathematics they will be required to attend English and/or Mathematics lessons.

In the academic year 2024 /2025 we are aiming to become a centre for BTEC qualifications. The qualifications currently being considered are BTEC Engineering (Level 1 introductory) and BTEC Digitial Media (Level 1 introductory).

The current Post 16 offer consists of:

Social Sciences
  • Psychology – GCSE
  • Sociology – GCSE
English Language

GCSE, Functional Skills Level 1 & 2 and Entry Level 1,2 & 3

Maths

GCSE, Functional Skill Level 1& 2 and Entry Level 1, 2 & 3

Science 
  • GCSE Biology
  • GCSE Chemistry
History

GCSE

Creative options
  • Animation – Arts Awards (Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver, Gold)
  • Art – Arts Awards (Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver, Gold)
  • Music – Arts Awards (Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver, Gold)
  • Resistant Materials – Arts Awards and  EPQ
Community

Towards ASDAN – Bronze, Silver or Gold.

Extended Project Qualification
(Subject of student choice)

Stand alone qualification equivalent to 0.5, Level 3

Cooking

Towards ASDAN – Bronze, Silver or Gold

Skills for Independence

Towards ASDAN – Bronze, Silver or Gold.

Citizenship 

GCSE

PSHE

Towards ASDAN – Bronze, Silver or Gold.

Physical Education

Towards ASDAN – Bronze, Silver or Gold.

In the academic year 2022 / 2023 Post 16 students leavers had achieved

7+ GCSE’s or equivalent at GCSE grade 9 to 1100%
5+ GCSE or equivalent at GCSE grade 9 to 450%
3+ GCSE or equivalent at GCSE grade 9 to 4100%
  
8+ qualifications, including GCSE’s, Functional Skills Level 1 & 2, Silver Asdan Award and Entry Level 3100%
  

Courtesy, good manners, respect and consideration for others, together with self-discipline and resilience are all important aspects of a child’s education. The New Skill Centre encourages pupils to treat others as they would wish to be treated themselves and supports them in this by providing a welcoming and friendly environment in which they feel valued, trusted and where they are supported to develop high self-esteem and confidence.

Personal development is fostered through our PSHE and personalised curriculum offer and is enhanced through activities, visits and trips that enable pupils to gain a wider understanding of themselves, the local community and understanding of the world around them.