Preparation for Life
The role of a school is to prepare students to live and work in the modern, global society with its ever-changing challenges and difficult choices. At Brannel our curriculum is an ‘education for life’, one which gives our students the ability to see context and patterns, understand and interpret events, take decisions and make choices; it is a driving force for a continual deepening and broadening of their knowledge, skills and understanding.
Our curriculum is designed to be ambitious and to give every student, particularly the most disadvantaged and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) or high needs, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
We strongly believe that life is what you make it. Through our Brannel Challenge and character curriculum, we give each student a foundation for personal development where self-discipline, self-knowledge, a sense of responsibility and confidence is theirs to own and value.
Our curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment. To support student development, there are a number of key components to the organisation of learning;
- English, Maths, Science, Computing and Languages are timetabled and taught as distinct subjects. Online resources in ‘realsmart portfolios’ have been developed to allow students to access work independently. This lets them see the learning journey for the whole topic.
- Humanities, Arts and Technology subjects are taught in ‘Themes’. In Year 7, for example, the students study themes including: ‘Who are we?’, ‘Global Citizens’ and ‘Who has the power?’.
- Each theme begins with a ‘kick off’ phase – designed to engage students in the themes – and finishes with a ‘mission’, requiring pupils to apply what they have learnt in different subjects throughout the theme course.
- In all subjects students will experience a mixture of traditional teacher-led lessons and workshops.
- Workshops are lessons where students work independently on tasks they have agreed with their teachers. During workshop lessons, teachers facilitate and support their learning.
- All students in KS3 have regular coaching meetings with their tutor, which are designed to support them to understand their curriculum components, organise their work, reflect on what has gone well and plan the next steps.
- Students are given access to all course materials, learning goals and tasks at the start of each theme. They are expected to complete all independent learning tasks to help consolidate their learning and prepare them for assessments.
Ambition for All Learners
At Brannel School, we believe that all students are individuals and learn in different ways and at differing rates. It is our task to meet this challenge, and to deliver a curriculum that enables learners to meet their potential regardless of their ability.
We have the same academic, technical or vocational ambitions for almost all learners. Where this is not practical – for example, for some learners with high levels of SEND – our curriculum is designed to be ambitious and to meet their needs.
We highlight good performance as an example to be followed and encourage our students to set challenging goals across the curriculum. We set high expectations that each student will – through their own hard work, perseverance and ambition – stretch their boundaries and learn more than they thought possible.
A Broad Range of Subjects
At Brannel our students study the full curriculum. All subject courses and themes are designed to draw students into the learning and give them the ‘bigger picture’.
KS4 subject curriculums follow a variety of qualifications which are designed to enable all learners to reach their potential and build on the skills, knowledge and understanding that have been instilled through the KS3 curriculum.
Promoting British Values
We prepare our students for life in modern Britain by equipping them to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society. This includes developing their understanding of fundamental British values. The curriculum provides many opportunities for discussing and promoting British values through subjects such as PSHE and Morals & Ethics which aim to provide students with an understanding:
- of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
- that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law; and
- of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination.