In January 2016, our curriculum model changed. Previously, we had three classes in KS2 and these classes were taught by specialist primary teachers. From January, this primary (or SEND) model of teaching was implemented into KS3 for five more classes in years 7 and 8. The aim is to reduce transitions around the site and to reduce pupil anxiety as they will be based in one classroom with the same teacher for most of the time. A significant number of pupils in year 7 and 8 now follow the ‘Trail Blazers’ curriculum, in which their teacher/ tutor will teach them literacy, numeracy, humanities, PSD, art and ICT. The pupils will then go to specialist staff for their science, LOTC and PE lessons. As a result, we have introduced a new assessment system in some subjects and are no longer using National Curriculum Levels at KS3 in those subjects.
Other pupils will continue to be taught by different subject staff throughout the day, going from room to room. We will also continue to offer more specialist subjects at KS4, as well as vocational studies, or alternative provision such as part time college courses, in order to enable our pupils to learn more about subjects they are interested in and also, to achieve qualifications in these subject areas.
The Springfields Academy will continue to provide an environment in which the development and growth of the whole person is encouraged. Meeting the needs of today, and focusing on the future, we aim to provide the highest possible standards in curriculum and communication, all centred on our core focus of the individual child. Students are encouraged and supported to develop all their talents; academically, imaginatively, physically, emotionally and socially. Our aim is for students to grow into young people who contribute positively to the different communities they become part of and to become effective learners, beyond, as well as, in the classroom.
Our curriculum is based around 3 core areas: literacy, numeracy and life skills, as these form the foundation of an independent, fulfilling and successful life. In addition, students are given the opportunity to study a host of subjects, for example science, art, ICT, geography, as well as vocational subjects. As personalisation is at the heart of the academy, many individuals will also have the opportunity to follow bespoke programmes e.g. Forest Schools or Animal Care. We are fortunate to have a range of vocational based facilities to help prepare young people for the world or work, covering vehicle mechanics, catering and hair and beauty. All teachers at The Springfields Academy are committed to providing exciting, engaging and stimulating lessons which meet the needs of all our young people and enable them to succeed.
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