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Curriculum Policy

Author : Ruth Lea
Date : January 2019
Reviewed : May 2020
Next Review :  September 2021

Definition 

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

  • Academic subjects within the timetabled provision. (Appendix 1a and 1b)
  • Enrichment activities delivered within the timetabled provision. (Elective Programme for the Sixth Form, details can be found in the Sixth Form Prospectus and latest Elective courses on the JCG website https://www.jerseycollegeforgirls.com/6th-form-electives/ and Flexi-Friday.
  • Extra-curricular activities delivered outside the timetabled lesson provision. (Extra-Curricular activities booklet and provision available on the College website). https://www.jerseycollegeforgirls.com/extra-curricular-clubs-activities-and-fixtures/ 


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)
  • The curriculum should reflect and enhance our College Values of Aspire, Inquire, Excel, Belong. 
  • The curriculum should provide students with access to the high-quality 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, 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. 
  • To develop within our students a moral compass build so that they are socially responsible and tolerant, and are respectful of people from different cultures, faiths and beliefs.   


The Curriculum at JCG will:   

  • Comply with Education Department 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.
  • Balance entitlement with personalisation. 
  • Provide a range of creative learning opportunities which challenge students to develop their resilience, resourcefulness, reflectiveness and reciprocity. 
  • Allow for continuity and progression.
  • Promote knowledge creation as well as knowledge acquisition.
  • 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 and Learning 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 2019-2020

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


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

0.7

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 (4 for 2021-22 only)

3

4

Subjects

Science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics)

5.7

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, Photography*, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Spanish, Sports Studies, Textiles

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


5


*4

1 year 

Elective programme

Students choose 4 hours of elective courses per term.

Most electives run termly and are non-examined

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

4

2 year Elective programme

A Level Further Maths is offered as a two-year course.

Diploma Financial Studies – is offered in year 13 to students who have successfully completed the Certificate of Finance in year 12.

5

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)

16

4


Science(triple)

22.7

5.67


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



% of curriculum time

KS3

Year 9

Year 8

Year 7

Maths

16

12

12

English

12

12

12

Science

12

12

12

Humanities

12

12

12

2nd MFL

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 her friendships and achieve balance in her life. She 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 her island and her world, and an eagerness to discover more. She will be a rigorous and imaginative thinker. She will have a good range of hobbies and interests, including the Arts and sport, which she wants to pursue. She 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. She will have the ambition, motivation and staying power which will equip her to study independently and successfully at either. She will apply for internships, work experience and voluntary work in her holidays. She will have grown as an individual who is happy, well-mannered and able to find fulfilment in her service to others. She will be thoughtful, open-minded and be able to lead. She will be conscious of the advantages she has enjoyed and of the opportunities and obligations such advantages should bring. She will want to have a positive impact on her community and the world. She will have happy and lasting memories of her time at College and an admiration for those people who have nurtured and shaped her learning.