Beyond the Curriculum

To supplement our formal A level or BTEC courses we believe that it is important to teach some additional ‘life skills’ and to introduce our pupils to the wider world that they will shortly be experiencing. The ‘Beyond the Curriculum’ programme has four elements:

Part A: Public Speaking and Personal Presentation

Only those with the training and skills to present themselves effectively will be able to take advantage of the opportunities available to them.

Formal training in public speaking for Year 12 has, for some years, been delivered through the medium of LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic art). All Year 12 pupils will attend one lesson per week for the first ten weeks of the Michaelmas Term, enabling those with the ability and inclination to sit a formal LAMDA examination in public speaking. Those who wish to continue with LAMDA beyond this point may opt to do so on a re-chargeable basis.

Part A will conclude with workshops on personal presentation, social skills and professional relationships and expectations.

Part B: Higher Level Learning Skills

Only those who have been taught how to learn will be able to do so with the degree of independence and efficiency necessary for success in the modern world.

Each member of Year 12 will complete two sessions in Study Skills for the first half of the Michaelmas Term. This will provide training in the core skills necessary for the successful completion of the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), but also help pupils with the transition to A Level and BTEC. It will be led by those teachers responsible for the EPQ. It will cover the following topics:

  • An introduction to the EPQ
  • How to conduct effective research
  • Footnoting, bibliographies and plagiarism
  • Noting methodology
  • Academic organisation
  • The use of IT and digital technology in presenting academic findings
  • Building and using questionnaires
  • Reflection and review for improvement
  • Revision techniques
Part C: Guidance and UCAS support

Only those who are properly guided and supported will make informed decisions about their futures, and only those who are properly advised will be able to realise their ambitions.

This will cover the following areas:

  • Interview technique and personal presentation
  • Alternatives to university, and routes into employment
  • CVs and covering letters
  • Centigrade and careers choices
  • UCAS research, open day research
  • Personal statements and UCAS forms

A supplementary programme of Careers Cafés, talks, work placements and careers fairs will run parallel to this course.

Part D: Operating in the Modern World

Only those who are informed about the realities and the workings of the modern world are properly equipped to contribute to it.

All pupils will follow a carousel of short courses, each of which will run for seven weeks (40 min per week), intended to equip them with the intellectual, cultural and social wherewithal to make sense of the modern world, and to enable them to flourish within it. It will cover the following areas:


Economics

  • An overview of Macro and Micro economics
  • Globalisation
  • Key economic indicators
  • Monetary policy
  • Fiscal policy
  • What happened in 2007/2008

UK Politics

  • Westminster and Whitehall
  • Elections, voting and voters
  • Devolution and independence
  • Modern Conservatism
  • Modern Labour party and socialism
  • Modern Liberalism
  • Green politics and ecologism

Personal Finance

  • Personal banking
  • Budgeting
  • Interest rates, loans and mortgages
  • Insurance and pensions
  • How to invest your fortune

Global Issues
(topical and changing to reflect events, but likely to include)

  • The Middle East
  • Russia and post-USSR eastern Europe
  • China
  • The other BRICs
  • The EU and Brexit
  • The UN

All four elements are compulsory for all members of Year 12. The delivery of the programme is structured as follows:

  Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4
Michaelmas
First half
Study Skills
 
Study Skills The Modern World Public Speaking
Michaelmas
Second half
UCAS/Guidance Study Skills The Modern World Public Speaking
Lent UCAS/Guidance
 
  The Modern World  
Summer UCAS/Guidance   The Modern World