The 6th Form Ethos and Vision
The aim is to provide a 6th Form provision, which excites, invigorates and engages students in their learning. The curriculum also aims to facilitate further development of the students’ social and emotional education. Although still a valued part of the whole school, the 6th Form marks a change for the students, in reflecting their growing maturity and independence. The 6th Form provision aims to fully prepare the students for their next step, through focusing on relevant accreditation work, which also links to personal interest and through providing real life experiences. To fully accomplish this, a 2-year curriculum is planned for.
How this is achieved?
As young people grow, part of becoming an adult is learning about choice, having access to choices and making the right choice for themselves. To engage students in the 6th Form, this is an integral feature. When joining the 6th Form, students decide which accreditation options they wish to take. Students interests and ambitions drive the options they decide upon and where possible, forms the actual accreditation courses offered. Each student has an individual timetable, based on his or her choices. Students are therefore in classes, in which Year 12 and 13 students are together, as learning is based on choice and aspiration, rather than year group.
Example Timetable A
Example Timetable B
To reflect the vision and ethos of the 6th Form, student voice is an integral aspect of the offer. The students review the 6th Form provision at the end of each term, through a survey and changes may be made based on this information. In previous years, additional Maths and English lessons have been implemented into the curriculum and board games have been purchased for the Common Room. This is as a result of the student voice.
To unite the 6th Form as a team and to encourage students to focus on key skills, which they need to develop further within the 6th Form, a Team Day is incorporated into the curriculum at the start of each academic year. Skills needed within the 6th Form and for future next steps include; challenging self, working with a range of people, communicating effectively in different situations, learning from mistakes and having personal ambition.
In Year 13, the students are offered the opportunity to attend a residential. The aim is for all students to attend. The residential is independence based and encourages students to use and further develop the independence and life skills taught whilst in the 6th Form. It will therefore include aspects such as: students cooking their own meals and planning activities.
Within the 6th Form a reward system is used. One aspect is that students can gain Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural points through demonstrating these elements at any point during the school day. Staff and peers award points. In addition, the students can gain points each lesson, through completing their Reflecting on Learning Card. This system encourages students to engage in discussions regarding their own learning and how to develop further. The points are compiled each term and a prize is awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. If the students demonstrate positive behaviour each week, they can have a lunchtime pass and go off site for an extended lunch until 1.10pm on a Wednesday, with parent/carer permission.
Our community links are an integral part of the 6th Form and support the students in gaining real life experiences and learning. We have links with a number of local businesses, in order to support Work Experience placements. We also use off-site providers to support aspects of out accreditation courses. In addition, students access community leisure resources, in order to explore social activities, which may then be accessed independently out of school or in the future. Our community links are:
BTECs (Business and Technology Education Council) are the main type of accreditation completed within the 6th Form and forms one pathway through the 6th Form. BTECs are career-based qualifications, which develop practical skills and knowledge. These qualifications are achieved through gathering a portfolio of work, which relates to specific criteria. The teacher leads the students through this learning and sets work in relation to the necessary criteria. To find out more about BTECs, please click in the link below, which relates to our BTEC provider.
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We offer a range of BTECs for students to study and these currently include: Art, Hospitality, Work Skills, Land Based Studies and Sports. These BTECs have been chosen based on interests expressed by the students. These courses run for 2 years with the 1st year being an Award level and the 2nd year a Certificate level. Most of these qualifications are either Entry Level 3 or Level 1. All students complete a BTEC in ICT Users or further develop their functional skills ICT.
We also access a retail course in conjunction with Oxford City College, with the opportunity to work in the campus shop. This is a City and Guilds course at Entry Level 3 of Level 1.
Students who are working at below Entry Level 2 access ASDAN Bronze and Silver. It is aimed that Bronze is completed in Year 1 and Silver in Year 2. The modules completed are planned with specific students in mind and they are encouraged to express a preference of which modules they will complete. This provision forms another pathway through the 6th Form and our students following this module are The Cubists.
Students complete Maths and English Functional Skills exams within the 6th Form. The aim is for students to build on their Maths and English levels, which have already been gained, whilst in the main school or other educational establishments. The students work in streamed groups for these lessons and complete 6 short lessons a week. In addition to this lesson, the students have an English or Maths lesson every other week and a reading session each week.
Students, who are not yet ready to work towards Functional Skills exams, complete Maths and English work based on the National Curriculum. Students aim to increase the percentage achieved of their current Stage.
Social and Independence Learning
Students complete the following lessons under this umbrella: Communication, Independence, Enterprise and PSHE. These lessons are an integral part of the 6th Form ethos, as they help and support the students social and emotional development, this being as equally important as academic progress. Students interests and needs are incorporated into these lessons.
Targets and outcomes are based on identified areas of need, as identified through the Education, Health and Care Plan.
Independence Lessons may include topics and concepts such as: learning how to open a bank account, cooking a meal for a set budget, budgeting and how to pass a driving theory test. Independence groups are organised by independence need, as opposed to academic level.
Communication Lessons take place each week and students are encouraged to develop skills needed for their next steps. This may include taking part in role-play, in order to explore how to explain a problem in a place of work or developing vocabulary and skills, so that students can question and challenge appropriately.
Enterprise Lessons encourage students to make and sell products, in order to make money. The money students make, funds their end of year reward trip. Through this work, students are actively encouraged to use Maths and English skills in practical situations and to see how these skills link to the wider world and future ambitions.
Work for Communication and Independence Lessons is linked to a theme each half term, these are: Working World, Independent Living, Social Activities, A Practical Project, Problem Solving and Key Skills. The themes are designed to encourage and support the students in their next steps and social/emotional development. The themes also support the students in developing key skills needed for their work placements. By having a theme, which runs across both lessons, concepts are to re-enforced and skills are developed within the school setting and off site. Both pathways through the 6th Form, work together for these lessons.