In designing our curriculum we have taken account of a wide range of factors. All of our pupils present challenging behaviour and/or experience significant emotional or social difficulties. All have also been unsuccessful in mainstream education.
The curriculum is divided into the following stages:
At Beckmead School our curriculum aims to support our pupils in two ways: firstly we need to help young people understand their feelings and manage their behaviour in ways that will enable them to be happier and more successful in their lives. Secondly we want to enable them to re-engage with learning and acquire skills and qualifications which will serve them well in school. In designing our curriculum we have taken account of a wide range of factors. All of our pupils present challenging behaviour and/or experience significant social, emotional or mental health difficulties.
The primary curriculum is divided into the following stages:
Key stage 1
Key stage 1 tasks and tests cover English reading, English grammar, punctuation and spelling and Mathematics - arithmetic and reasoning. Key Stage 1 teacher assessment covers English writing, Speaking and listening and Science. The tasks and tests are taken in May. Your child’s teacher will also use their work to assess how well your child is working in each of those areas. We will inform you at the end of the school year whether your child is working at, working towards or working at greater depth than the expected standard.
Year 1 phonics screening check takes place in June when your child will read 40 words out loud to their teacher. You will be told how your child did, and we will talk to you if your child needs extra help with reading. If your child doesn’t do well in the check it will be repeated in Year 2.
Key stage 2
Year 6 SATs tests take place at the end of year 6 for all children nationally.
|Monday 8 May 2017||English reading|
|Tuesday 9 May 2017||English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions|
|English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling|
|Wednesday 10 May 2017||Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic|
|Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning|
|Thursday 11 May 2017||Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning|
The secondary curriculum at the Beckmead Family of Schools has been carefully designed to enable all pupils to achieve meaningful qualifications, whilst at the same time enabling them to flourish as human beings and acquire skills which will serve them well in school, post-school and as citizens in the community.
|Assessment is through exams taken in May / June of year 11. You will kept informed on how well your child is progressing from starting their GCSE, including what grade they can expect to achieve if they continue to work at the current level.|
BTEC (Level 1)
Information and Creative Technology (ICT)
Creative Media Production
|BTECs are taught over a 2 year period and are assessed through a continual process of coursework and practical assignments.|
|Assessment is continual throughout the 2-year course and consists of a range of written and oral questioning, written reports and assignments, observation of practice and practical activities.|
For further information on Primary and Secondary Curriculum and Assessment at The Beckmead Family of Schools, please contact your child’s teacher or Andy Millard, Head of Chaffinch Brook Upper School.
“Pupils achieve well and make good progress academically, developing skills that will support future training and employment prospects, including their social skills”
“Teaching is good. The range of subjects is very well matched to pupils’ interests, which promotes high levels of engagement”
“Making good progress and valuing learning are now central to the culture of the school”
“Staff have very high expectations of pupils”
“Lessons are typically calm and relaxed with pupils feeling confident to extend their skills, and accept support where they need it”
“Pupils show respect for each other’s contributions to lessons”
“Whole-school systems for keeping track of the rate of each pupil’s progress are effective”
“School staff continue to support pupils at college in the first year after leaving Beckmead, which resulted in 100% of last year’s school leavers getting onto relevant training courses” [Secondary curriculum and assesment]
In KS2, we place great emphasis on improving our children’s levels of attainment and use a variety of interventions that focus on core skills eg Successmaker. OFSTED noted in its last report that ‘Making good progress and valuing learning are now central to the culture of the school’ and that ‘Whole-school systems for keeping track of the rate of each pupil’s progress are effective’.
The following table shows the percentage of pupils in KS2 who achieved:
|The expected standard or above in:||0.1||0||0.05|
|Average progress in:||0.05||-0.03||0.02|
|Average scaled score in:
(Where 100 is the national average)
Please note when viewing data above that:
For further information on Attainment at The Beckmead Family of Schools, please contact your child’s teacher or Andy Millard, Head of Chaffinch Brook Upper School.
At KS4, our focus is on ensuring that not only do our young people gain meaningful qualifications, but they also gain useful skills that will help them to move on to further training or employment. According to our latest OFSTED report, ‘Pupils achieve well and make good progress academically, developing skills that will support future training and employment prospects, including their social skills’. In 2016, 86% of our year 11 pupils went on to college placements.
The following table shows the number of pupils in 2016 who achieved:
|GCSE Grades Achieved||A*-C’s||No/ A*-G’s||% A-C||% A-G|
|Number of Pupils||Percentage of Pupils|
|Maths Entry Level||1||0||100|
|Maths Level 1||9||7||56|
|Maths Level 2||1||2||67|
|ICT Level 1||8||4||75|
|ICT Level 2||2||0||100|
|BTEC Home Cooking Skills - Level 2||3||0||100|
|BTEC Sports & Active Leisure - Level 1||4||0||100|
|BTEC Creative Media Production Level 1||4||0||100|
|Music technology NCFE Level 1||2||0||100|
|Film Arts Silver Award||3||0||100|
|College||No/ of students||Types of Courses Followed|
|Carshalton College||5 Students||Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Sport, Construction|
|Coulsdon Sixth Form College||1 Student||ICT|
|Croydon College||4 Students||Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Construction, Plumbing & Heating|
|NESCOT College||1 Student||Sport|
|Bromley College||3 Students||Motor Vehicle Maintenance|
|Colegsirgar College (Cardiff)||1 Student||ICT|
|John Ruskin College||1 Student||Sports Science|
|East Surrey College||1 Student||Motor Vehicle Maintenance|
For further information on Attainment at The Beckmead Family of Schools, please contact your child’s teacher or Michael Nelson, Head of Beckmead Upper School.
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