Curriculum Overview

 

The Curriculum at Slough and Eton School

 

At Slough and Eton, we work towards a simple mantra; Work Hard, Be Nice, No Excuses. This embodies what we expect of staff and students on a daily basis.

In the same way that Jesus related to people from all backgrounds, beliefs and lifestyles, Slough and Eton is a Church of England community, which is inclusive and seeks to treat all people as Jesus did.  We will always promote the central message that all are valuable and should be enabled to live life in all its fullness. We aim to develop students’ skills linked to the school characteristics of Communication, Honesty, Respect, Initiative, Success and Tolerance.

Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum is designed to ensure that all students receive a broad and balanced education, grounded in the National Curriculum, that prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities they will experience in later life. We believe that the key knowledge and concepts delivered in our school produces well-rounded individuals who will fit into modern, multi-cultural Britain. All lessons make maximum use of time, are challenging and engaging for all students. Disadvantage will not be a barrier to a student’s success. Students will also have access to opportunities beyond the taught curriculum to further enrich and deepen their curiosity for learning.

 

We aim to produce inquisitive, resilient learners who value their education and make the most of the opportunities on offer to them as they move through the different Key Stages. By reflecting on what they have been taught and experiencing stimulating lessons, we enable students to broaden their outlook on their future prospects, feel empowered and confident in achieving their potential, which leads them towards ambitious yet appropriate career pathways.

Our curriculum design reflects the demographic of the school in terms of both our ratio of boys to girls (two thirds boys), our high EAL cohort (70%) and high proportion of SEND students (16%), as well as being in a selective authority with four grammar schools within easy reach. We have nearly twice the number of boys than girls in the school and an EAL cohort of 70+%. This is reflected in approaches to planning and delivery of lessons.

Curriculum Implementation

The curriculum that we follow at Slough and Eton focuses on building key knowledge and understanding across a wide range of engaging topics, which form the foundation for the students’ development as learners. We ensure that students have sufficient time to embed knowledge in each subject and then frequently re-visit learning to develop memory.  High quality lessons taught by teachers with a deep knowledge of their subject is the ultimate key to ensuring all students achieve the best possible outcomes across a wide range of subjects. Assessment will take many forms and will be different in each subject area. Standard written assessments play less of a role in practical subjects such as Drama and Music. We use a range of summative and formative assessment techniques built into the curriculum to identify needs for intervention, stretch and challenge among students who require it. Our approach to teaching and learning lends itself to this development and there is a consistency of approach in all lessons. We use the following teaching and learning framework.

 

 

 

To ensure consistency across curriculum areas, all lessons start with a ‘Do Now’ task, focussing the learners on the lesson content. ‘Do Now’ tasks are used to either review or revisit prior learning or pose questions about the learning about to take place. This is used to support students with prior learning or set them up for new content. Oracy plays a key role in lessons, providing the opportunity to discuss key concepts and knowledge to further strengthen the students’ understanding.  Key vocabulary also forms an integral part of the curriculum and we strive to ensure that our students are exposed to these words with regularity and to a depth of understanding that aids their progress. Staff are acutely aware that our students need to improve their understanding of Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary if they are going to achieve the best outcomes.

 

We follow a three year Key Stage 3, allowing the students to flourish in as many subjects as possible and leave options open for their decisions at Key Stage 4. When they specialise, we guide students to the most suitable courses for their abilities and interests, ensuring their choices are broad and balanced. We promote vocational subjects and where appropriate will tailor the curriculum to the needs of each individual. At Key Stage 5, we offer four pathways, ensuring that the route each student matches their individual needs.

Curriculum 11-14

Our curriculum design offers a great experience to all students. At Key Stage 3 the curriculum provides a good foundation for students regardless of entry. A wide variety of extracurricular activities and a diverse offer of (regularly subsidised) trips that enrich the curriculum throughout each subject complement classroom based learning. All students take part in the PiXL EDGE programme at apprentice level.

At Key Stage 3, our curriculum includes the following core subjects: English, Mathematics and Science and the following foundation subjects: Technology, Computing, French, History, Geography, Art, Music, Drama, Physical Education, Religious Education and Personal, Social, Health and Education (PSHE). There is good opportunity to provide a range of curriculum groupings either by ability or mixed ability.

Students are set according to ability in core subjects.

Curriculum 14-16

At Key Stage 4, the statutory curriculum comprises English, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Religious Education and PSHE (incorporating sex and relationship education, careers education and work related learning).

In addition, Slough and Eton provides access to a maximum of three optional subjects from the list below:

Art and Design

History

Business Studies (GCSE)

iGCSE in ESL

Computer Science

Music

Creative Media (Vocational)

Photography

Dance

Physical Education

Design Technology

Psychology

Drama

Sociology

Enterprise and Marketing

Study Plus

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Achieve (double option)

French

ESOL (double option)

Geography

Hair and Beauty (double option)

Health and Social Care (Vocational)

 

With such a wide range of subjects on offer to meet individual needs students are carefully counselled in order to make choices for Key Stage 4 that are appropriate and relevant. There is provision to study more academic subjects, an excellent range of vocational subjects both on and off site or a combination of both.

Students are able to take 3 sciences in order to fulfill aspirations to A Levels should they wish to.

Other Opportunities at 14-19

Slough and Eton is committed to offering opportunities for young people to achieve high standards in a wide range of qualifications and courses at 14-19. There is also a commitment to develop their social maturity and independent learning skills. We are a hub site for the National Citizenship Service (NCS). Enrichment and recreational activities ensure that students are provided with opportunities to take part in Physical Education and outdoor pursuits such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE). Students who have passed the apprentice level of PiXL EDGE carry on into the graduate level. There is a wide range of intervention strategies in place to provide personalised assistance for all, these occur at various points during the school day, after school, at weekends and in holiday time. 

Curriculum 16 – 19

The curriculum offer at Post 16 continues to grow. We are now able to offer 15 A levels plus a range of BTEC/Cambridge National qualifications in a variety of subjects. Students are able to mix A levels with vocational qualifications. We offer single and double award BTECs. The model is extremely flexible and caters for a wide variety of needs. It means that we can cater for Oxbridge candidates through to students who need an additional year before embarking on a further course of study.

Students returning with insufficient qualifications to join a level 3 course embark on a one year Level 2 course in  vocational courses (two) – these students are also able to study for English and Mathematics GCSE (compulsory, if required).

Students also take part in a wide range of extracurricular activities, learning for life and leadership awards. 

If you would like additional information about our curriculum in general terms please contact:

Mr Thatcher, Deputy Headteacher  - STT@Slougheton.com

Specific details can be found in the relevant subject area's page.