As part of our recent curriculum review to ensure that we are offering the best possible opportunities and learning experiences for our students, we have made some adjustments to subjects for some our young people. These changes will complement the existing timetable and further enhance the development and skills of the students to be successful beyond Year 11 at The Edge.
As a school, we are fully committed to providing a broad and balanced curriculum across all school years that is engaging and appropriate for our learners. We have been working relentlessly to implement our new curriculum rationale and intent strategy that can be viewed on the school website at www.theedgeacademy.co.uk /curriculum
Our curriculum review indicated a potential need to increase the opportunities for Information Technology and Computing. The essential confidence and competence of computer usage is a key necessity in all career pathways and college studies post-16. Therefore from now on, students in Year 10 and 11 who currently study the Health and Fitness option over 3 lessons per week will now continue with this option, but for 2 lessons per week and the 3rd lesson will now be an IT/Computing lesson. This will still allow students to complete their Health and Fitness qualification whilst also allowing for the valuable IT/Computing experience too.
The IT/Computing input will focus on the core practical skills and understanding of the most common programmes and packages that students will need in their future studies.
In Key Stage 3 our partnership work with West Bromwich Albion Foundation and Envirohort Learning has also been expanded. All Key Stage 3 students will now have the exciting opportunity on 1 day per week to be part of a carousel of Work Related Learning in Motor Vehicle Mechanics, Construction and Landscaping delivered by Envirohort at their facilities, plus both offsite sports coaching and onsite social skills development delivered by West Bromwich Albion Foundation staff.
We are proud of these developments to our curriculum experiences and will continue to update you on any future improvements to our ‘Safe, Ready, Respectful’ curriculum.