Curriculum Overview

 Organisation and Management

The leadership structure of the school is intended to broaden the experiences of staff, encourage them to strive for the highest standards within their own areas of responsibility and to prepare them for advancement in their chosen profession.  Teaching staff are organised into four curriculum areas and all staff contribute towards the pastoral care of pupils.

Flexible and responsive teaching coupled with a strong ethos of teamwork provides the basis for an exceptional curriculum delivery.

Teaching staff are organised into the four main curriculum areas:

  • Communications and Humanities
  • Maths
  • Science and ICT
  • The Arts and PE

All of our curriculum areas work closely with, and are supported by, Inclusion and Pastoral staff.

The Pastoral Structure

The Coseley School Pastoral Managers operate under a Year group structure to ensure that every pupil at the school receives the care and support they deserve.

  • Year 6 & 7 Pastoral Manager (who is also responsible for developing links and liaising with Years 5 and 6 in local Primary Schools)
  • Year 8 & 9 Pastoral Manager
  • Year 10 & 11 Pastoral Manager

The Pastoral Managers and Form Tutors play an important role in the monitoring of pupil progress and the overseeing of each individual pupils’ development across the curriculum.  They observe and maintain good attitude, behaviour and attendance within their specified year groups.  All pupils are part of a tutor group, consisting of other pupils from all year groups.  Form Tutors are key contacts for pupils and parents on a daily basis, and will monitor all aspects of their tutor groups’ progression.  The school also involves external agencies to ensure that the individual child’s needs are met.

Time

Duration

Session

 

08.25 – 08.35

10 mins

Staff Briefing

08.40 – 9.40

60 mins

Period 1

09.40 – 10.40

60 mins

Period 2

10.40 – 11.00

20 mins

Tutor Period

11.00 – 11.15

15 mins

Break

11.15 – 12.15

60 mins

Period 3

12.15 – 13.15

60 mins

Period 4

13.15 – 14.00

45 mins

Lunch

14.00 – 15.00

60 mins

Period 5

 

The Curriculum

The Coseley School offers a full and rich entitlement to the National Curriculum for all of our pupils.  Our extensive facilities and equipment, coupled with excellent teaching and support, provides every opportunity for pupils to achieve their potential and to be successful.  Pupils are encouraged to use IT to support their own learning.  All pupils can access their work from home. This remote, secure access supplements in-class learning where wireless mobile technology and interactive whiteboards assist classroom teachers and pupils in their learning.

The Coseley School believes subjects offered within the Arts & PE Faculty, have an important role to play in both the physical and emotional development and well-being of our pupils, as well as developing confidence, social and communication skills.

We offer to all of our pupils the opportunity to pursue a variety of pathways and approaches to learning in the curriculum, as well as in learning time after school.

During School of Progression (Years 7-8) Pupils will study:

  • Art
  • Citizenship and a Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural programme
  • Food Technology
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • English Language and Literature
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • ICT
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Numeracy
  • Religious Education
  • Science
  • Sport and Physical Education

Some pupils may require a greater focus on core skills, literacy, numeracy, reading, Maths and Science, while others may require acceleration with additional languages and single-subject Sciences.  The curriculum will be individualised for each pathway in order to deliver the learning needs of all pupils.

During School of Achievement (Years 9, 10 and 11)

The curriculum for our School of Achievement allows pupils to specialise more, building on firm foundations and their previous experiences. The curriculum develops to offer a variety of GCSE subjects, Applied GCSEs and BTEC courses. Pupils continue to follow a core curriculum of Maths, English Language, English Literature, Science, Religious Studies, Physical Education, Citizenship and a Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural programme. Pupils will also be provided with the opportunity to study either Geography or History and a Modern Foreign Language, where appropriate. There will be a wide range of courses and subjects on offer and, for some pupils, A-level studies will begin at this time through enrichment opportunities.

Pupils will be able to opt to follow other subjects to supplement their core curriculum, including:

 GCSEs

  • Business Studies
  • Art
  • Food Technology
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Health and Social Care
  • ICT
  • Leisure and Tourism
  • Psychology
  • Religious Education
  • Science (including single-subject sciences)
  • Physical Education

 

BTECs

  • Children’s Play Learning and Development
  • Sport
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Science

 

Sixth Form

The Coseley School is a partner school of Dudley Sixth; a college in Dudley that provides excellent A-level courses.  As one of the partner schools, if our students choose Dudley Sixth as their Post-16 choice, they may benefit from having one of our teachers as their Personal Tutor. Students will also have the opportunity to be a role model and mentor to younger students at Coseley School.

More Able
The Coseley School is committed to nurturing the talents of every one of its pupils.  We do, however, recognise that some pupils are especially talented in one area in particular such as sports, and that other children may have outstanding academic gifts across a wide range of subjects.  In order to support our Gifted and Talented (G&T) pupils each subject has a G&T register that is regularly reviewed and updated.  This information is collated by the Curriculum Leaders and used by teaching staff to ensure pupils are provided with enriching learning opportunities.

Identification of More Able

The school uses a range of information to identify more able pupils:

  • Key Assessment Point (KAP) activities
  • Teacher nomination (based on classroom observations, discussions with pupils, work scrutiny)
  • Parental nomination
  • Predicted test/examination results
  • Reading ages

To deliver the appropriate challenges for more able pupils, The Coseley School aims to provide a stretching experience in the learning environment. Pupils who are identified as more able are monitored and supported to ensure that the curriculum provides sufficient challenge and that they are achieving their potential.  There are also opportunities to participate in enrichment activities targeted at more able pupils outside of the normal school day.

Special Educational Needs

At Coseley School we have the Learning Support Unit that provides a welcoming atmosphere and support for students who have difficulty with their learning. Our Head of Inclusion leads a bank of fully trained Teaching Assistants that provide additional support in classes for those students identified with additional learning needs. With the assistance of other agencies, our support structure for looked after children is implemented effectively.

A copy of the SEND report is available on request and can be found on our website under SEN.

Sex Education/PSHE

Sex Education is delivered as part of the PSHE programme. It is dealt with in an understanding and caring way by experienced teachers who accept the responsibility for this delivery. Our Pastoral staff are fully trained to deal with any questions or quires regarding this topic area, for all pupils.

Some of the topics delivered within the PSHE programme include:-

  • Moral and social issues
  • Sex Education
  • Healthy Active lifestyles
  • Modern British Values
  • Character Education
  • Economic Factors

Full details of the PSHE programme are available on request through Miss Jones at the school. PSHE is delivered each week through Tutor time periods by all Form Tutors and thoughts and themes are mirrored through weekly House assemblies.

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