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The spiritual development of students is shown by their:
The moral development of students is shown by their:
The social development of students is shown by their:
The cultural development of the students is shown by their:
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Personal Social and Health Education
For students to thrive in an increasingly complex and diverse world, they require knowledge and skills to make effective decisions about their lives independently. An effective Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum shaped with student personal development at the heart will allow our students to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work as citizens in modern day Britain.
An inclusive PSHE curriculum needs to include a variety of statutory concepts and also concepts tailored to suit the needs of the community.
Overarching concepts we must cover include:
Relationships, Sex and Health Education
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing. More detailed information on the Government's objectives for the concepts listed below can be found by clicking on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education
You will also find further guidance for parents, including details about the right to withdraw here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/812594/RSE_secondary_schools_guide_for_parents.pdf
Citizenship and British Values
More detailed information on the Government's objectives for the concepts listed can be found by clicking on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-citizenship-programmes-of-study
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
More detailed information on the Government's objectives for the concepts listed below can be found by clicking on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/careers-guidance-provision-for-young-people-in-schools
For more details of how Relationships, Sex and Health Education are covered within the PSHE Curriculum please click here.
Students receive two progress reports each year and one full school report. Parents/ Carers also have the opportunity to attend a parents’ evening. The dates for each year group can be found on the notice board section of the school’s website. However, all subject teachers and pastoral staff are available throughout the year to deal with any issues or concerns should they arise.
Students are given many opportunities to decide which subjects are best for them at Key Stage 4. Tailored sessions are run during tutor time, assemblies take place, an options evening is held and 1:1 sessions are offered with all staff.
The school offers clear career guidance by experienced staff who work closely with local higher education establishments by providing information on courses and open evenings. All of Year 11 students undertake a visit to local colleges and get the opportunity to sample numerous appropriate courses. Our two local collages regularly attend parents evenings to offer furthur advice and guidance with additional drop in sessions for our year 10 and 11 students taking place throughout the year.
During options evening, the option process is outlined and the students and their parents/ carers are given the opportunity to visit each subject and talk directly to each member of staff. There is also the option of follow up appointments if necessary. Year 9 parents’ evening follows the options evening, allowing another opportunity to discuss potential choices.
The Department for Education has introduced changes to the grading of exam at Key Stage 4. The A*- G grading system for GCSE has been replaced by a number between 9 and 1. Information on how these grades relate to the previous system are sent out with each of our key stage 4 reports. Vocational qualifications are graded on a sliding scale from a pass to a merit and then a distinction.
The measure that the Department for Education will use to judge the success of schools is called Progress 8. This has replaced the 5A*-C which measured the number of students gaining a C grade in five subjects including English and Maths. Instead, Progress 8 tracks how much progress students make from Key Stage 2 to the end of Key Stage 4.
This will not affect how the students are taught or which topics they cover in their exams. However, it will mean that schools will need to ensure that all students are making progress across all subjects, rather than focussing on the minority of students on the C/D borderline.
At St Dunstan’s we continue to offer a broad range of subjects which gives students the opportunity to study a curriculum containing the EBACC subjects. This enables them to gain a suite of qualifications which are admired by colleges and universities for their robustness and ability to reflect the ability of the students.