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Curriculum Policy

Author : Ruth Lea
Date : September 2021
Reviewed : September 2022
Next Review :  September 2023

Definition 

For the purpose of this policy 'the curriculum' is defined as follows:  


The aims of our curriculum 

  • The curriculum should provide the opportunity to enable all students to fulfil our vision for a student leaving JCG. (Appendix 2) https://jerseycollegeforgirls.com/pages/about-jcg/our-vision-and-values  
  • The curriculum should reflect and enhance our College Values of Aspire, Inquire, Excel, Belong.  
  • The curriculum should provide students with access to qualifications they require to progress to the next stage in their education or to move on to a career.  


 Principles of the Curriculum 

  • To develop in our students an intellectual inquisitiveness and curiosity about the world in which we live. 
  • To provide opportunities for all students to learn and achieve, through stimulating and engaging learning experiences within and beyond the classroom, so developing resilience and a love for learning.  
  • To be continually reviewed to ensure that it prepares our students for their future lives; providing opportunities for students to develop the necessary skills required to respond and adapt to changes in society, technology and globalisation.  
  • Through our DEI strategy continue to develop within our students a moral compass so that they embrace diversity, are socially responsible and respectful of people from different cultures, faiths and beliefs, and have the confidence and curiosity to learn more.


The Curriculum at JCG will:   

  • Comply with Jersey Curriculum requirements. 
  • Align with National (UK) provision where appropriate.  
  • Reflect the Values of the College. 
  • Have a commitment to develop all aspects of students’ lives. 
  • Promote safeguarding through teaching and learning  
  • Provide equality of opportunity for all students by embedding our DEI strategy Balance entitlement with personalisation.  
  • Provide a range of creative learning opportunities which allow students to develop their resilience. 
  • Allow for continuity and progression. 
  • Provide opportunities for students to understand their place in the College and the local, national and global community. 
  • Encourage cross curricular understanding.  
  • Promote a recognition and understanding of the role of different attitudes and values in informing people's perception.  


Responsibilities  

  • The Principal has responsibility for ensuring the curriculum achieves its objective and agreeing any proposed changes to the Curriculum. 
  • The AHT Curriculum has responsibility for leading curriculum development at JCG.  
  • The Heads of Faculty, as a group, are responsible for monitoring, reviewing and proposing any changes to the whole College curriculum, as well as leading and guiding the curriculum within their areas. 
  • The Heads of Department are responsible for ensuring the appropriateness of and engagement with their own subject specific curriculum, to develop and review Schemes of Learning (SOL) which responds to the needs of our students on an annual basis. 
  • Each member of staff is responsible for the engagement with their aspect of the academic curriculum, and to contribute to the extra-curricular provision.  
  • The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that our Curriculum Policy is fit for purpose  


Monitoring and evaluation 

  • The curriculum should be subject to continual review in order to ensure that it meets the needs of the students. 
  • The appropriateness and relevance of the curriculum should be a regular discussion item on the agenda of appropriate group meetings e.g. SLT, HoF, HoD  
  • Any changes to the curriculum should be agreed by relevant personnel, a year in advance where possible.  


Relationship to other policies

Appendix 1a - Academic Subjects delivered within the timetabled provision 2021-2022

Key Stage 3

Subjects

No of hours per week

Year 7

Art, Design & Technology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Drama Geography, History, Religious Studies, Music, PSHE, Digital Literacy/Enrichment65r


1



 

English, French, Maths, PE

3

 

Year 8

Art, Design & Technology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Food & Nutrition, Computer Science, Drama, Spanish or Italian, Geography, Religious Studies, Music, PSHE

1

 

French

2

 

English, Maths, PE

3

 

Year 9

Art, Design & Technology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Food & Nutrition, Computer Science, Drama, Spanish or Italian, Geography, Religious Studies, Music, PSHE

1


French, PE

2


English

3


Maths

4


Key Stage 4



Year 10 

PSHE

3 days/yr

Core

PE

2

Subjects

French

3

 

English (Language and Literature), Maths

4

 

Science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics)

6

Option Subjects

3 subjects chosen from:

Art, Computer Science, Design & Technology, Food and Nutrition, Drama, Italian, Geography, History, Music, Religious Studies, Spanish, Sports Studies, Textiles


2 hrs in 3 subjects

 

Year 11 

PE, French

2

Core

English (Language and Literature), Maths 

3

Subjects

Science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics)

6

Option Subjects

Art, Computer Science, Design & Technology, Food and Nutrition, Drama, Italian, Geography, History, Music, Religious Studies, Spanish, Sports studies, Textiles

3 hrs in 3 subjects


Key Stage 5



Academic

The Advanced Learning Programme: 3 A level Subjects and Elective courses. 3 subjects at A Level chosen from:  Art, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Computer Science, Design & Technology, Drama, Economics, English Literature, French, Geography, History, Italian, Maths, Media Studies, Music, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Spanish, Sports Studies, Textiles Further Math  

Additional subjects for example Business Studies are offered by collaboration schools.



5



1 year 

Elective programme

Students choose 4 hours of elective courses per term.  

Most electives run termly and are non-examined - examined course include in EPQ and Diploma in Criminology 

Elective courses vary from term to term and year to year and are dependent upon staffing and staff specialisms.


4

2 year Elective programme

Diploma in Criminology - two year


3


Enrichment

Higher Education and Careers Guidance

1

Appendix 1b Time Audit - Breadth and Balance of Curriculum

 

Subject

% of curriculum time

Weekly Hours

KS5

 

Notes 4% equates to 1 hour

 


Option A

20

5


Option B

20

5


Option C

20

5


Higher Education and Career Guidance

4

1

Year 12 only

Electives

16

4


KS4

 

 

 

Yr 11

Option A

12

3


Option B

12

3


Option C

12

3


Maths(for 2021-22 only)

12

3


Science(triple)

24

6


English

12

3


PE

8

2


French

8

2


Yr 10





Option A

8

2


Option B

8

2


Option C

8

2


Maths

16

4


Science(triple)

24

6


English

16

4


PE

8

2


French

12

3


PSHE Half termly events



% of curriculum time

KS3

Year 9

Year 8

Year 7

Maths

16

12

12

English

12

12

12

Biology

4

4

4

Chemistry 4
Physics 4
4 4

Humanities

12

12

12

MFL (It/Sp)

4

4

0

PE

8

12

12

Art

4

4

4

DT

4

4

4

Drama

4

4

4

Food & Nutrition

4

4

0

Computer Science

4

4

4

Music

4

4

4

PSHE

4

4

4

French

8

8

12

Digital literacy

0

0

4

Appendix 2 - The Vision for a student leaving JCG in Year 13

This student will enjoy life to the full, value their friendships and achieve balance in their life. They will have a thirst for knowledge and already possess a broad understanding of the cultural, historical, geographical and scientific events and ideas which have fashioned their island and their world, and an eagerness to discover more. 

They will be a rigorous and imaginative thinker. They will have a good range of hobbies and interests, including the Arts and sport, which they want to pursue. They will leave us with an excellent record of achievement for an academically-demanding course at university or employment which will lead to a stimulating career. They will have the ambition, motivation and staying power which will equip them to study independently and successfully at either. 

They will apply for internships, work experience and voluntary work in their holidays. They will have grown as an individual who is happy, well-mannered and able to find fulfilment in their service to others. They will be thoughtful, open-minded and be able to lead. They will be conscious of the advantages they have enjoyed and of the opportunities and obligations such advantages should bring. 

They will want to have a positive impact on their community and the world. They will have happy and lasting memories of their time at College and an admiration for those people who have nurtured and shaped their learning.