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Curriculum, Enrichment & Assessment - Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)

KS4 CURRICULUM

In Years 9, 10 and 11 a degree of choice is available within a broad curriculum framework. The choices are made in Year 8 by students and their parents, in consultation with Faculty leadership at the College & subject tutors.

All students will undertake a programme of spiritual, moral, social & cultural (SMSC) development, including fundamental British values,  delivered through a combination of the curriculum and mentor time. Students will also be engaged in a programme of Personal, Social, Health & Economic (PSHE) delivered through a combination of the curriculum and mentor time. Our Programme of Study for PSHE education aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamworking and critical thinking in the context of learning; grouped into three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education). The national curriculum states that ‘all schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice'. PSHE education contributes to our statutory duties outlined in the Education Act 2002  and the Academies Act 2010 to provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum and is essential in relation to personal development, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding

Assessment of all students' progress is carried out regularly, and is used to review grouping arrangements in subjects which are organised into ability sets. These are kept as flexible as possible to allow students to change according to progress. Details of the KS4 courses and curriculum overviews are available in the course booklet. 

Click to view the College KS4 options booklet (for current Year 8 students in 2017-18)

Click to download the KS4 options form (for current Year 8 students in 2017-18)

 

CURRICULUM 2017-18

From September 2017 all students that entered Lutterworth College either as a Year 9 student (3 year pathway) or Year 10 student (2 year pathway - only available 2017-2019) study a core of 30 hours to include English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry & Physics) and core PE. They will have also chosen 4 option subjects to carry forward to full GCSE qualifications. Students in Year 10 have the opportunity to take Double Science and, as a consequence, selected five option subjects.

From September 2018 there will no longer be a Year 10 entry into GCSE at Lutterworth College as all GCSE courses start in Year 9.

From September 2018 all students begin their GCSE courses in Year 9, must take Triple Science and four optional subjects as below:

 

Core

 

All students

must complete

 GCSE

(except where specified)

Typical hours

per subject

(per 2-week cycle)

 

English

 English Language & English Literature

 7 (combined)

Maths

 Mathematics

 7

Science (Double or Triple)

 Biology, Chemistry & Physics

 

 12 (Triple)

PE

 Core Physical Education

 4

Options

 

Students must complete four optional subjects during KS4

 

 

Art

Business

Computing

Dance

Drama

Food & Nutrition

 

 

French

Geography

History

Media

Music

Physical Education

 

 

 

 

 Product Design

Religious Studies

Sociology

Spanish

Sport (BTEC)

Textiles

 

 

 

5 per subject

 

 

 

 KS4 ENRICHMENT

KEY STAGE 4 Enrichment opportunities

 

Duke of Edinburgh Award

 

Sport Leaders Award

 

Volunteering Programme

 

Latin

 

Sports Teams

 

Subject Mentors

 

Student Leadership

 

Student Voice

 

Honours (AGT) Programme

 

 KS4 ASSESSMENT

TARGET LEVELS FOR KEY STAGE 4

At Key Stage 4 account is taken of all the information available to us about your child, including their Key Stage 2 and 3 results and their NFER CAT scores. We use Fischer Family Trust  probability information to help decide on the target grade.  Progress is judged against the target grade so that we can identify where students may need extra support.

Nationally, the expected average grade is C/B. This will change to the new graded 1-9 criteria for all GCSE's from 2017 with the expected average grade being in the 4-6 range.

You will be sent information about your child’s progress and/or attitude to learning three times a year in a Progress Review. This will be shown as a split grade with the Target Grade (TAG) first and then the Minimum Expected Grade (MEG).

The Target Grade will be the grade that shows that a student has gained more than what was expected of them based on previous information and data. The Minimum Expected Grade will be the grade that shows a student has achieved what was expected of them based on previous information and data.

For example: Student X is targeting an A grade but the minimum they should get is a B grade. The TAG is an A grade. The MEG is a B grade. It is expressed on reports as A/B.

Should you have any queries about how your child’s target has been set, do not hesitate to contact your child's Pastoral Manager.

 

KEY STAGE 4 COURSEWORK & EXTENDED PROJECTS

Coursework is an important part of your child's studies and we encourage parents and students to discuss coursework deadlines regularly. If you have any questions about the coursework element of a course please contact your child's teacher.

Many courses have an element of controlled assessment. This is work which is carried out in lessons under the supervision of a member of staff. Your child may have some preparation to do at home to enable them to complete this.