The curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that the mainstream school plans for its students. It is still the responsibility of the feeder school to share the learning that they want the young person to undertake and support Chances fully in providing this.
The aims of Chances curriculum are derived from the overall school aims. They are for all students to:
● Achieve their potential in as many ways as possible
● Develop spiritual and moral values
● Obtain a variety of skills and qualifications which will prepare them for the next stage of their lives
● Be part of a happy community within which all will feel secure and valued
These aims are interdependent: they reinforce each other. The personal development of students and their ability to be part of a wider community, play a significant part in their ability to learn and to achieve. Development in all these areas is essential to establishing high standards of attainment for all students. To do this, the curriculum that we provide aims to be broad, balanced and relevant to all students as individuals and differentiated to meet their individual needs. It allows students to develop a wide range of knowledge, concepts and skills and equip them for the next stages of their development whether academic or to enter employment.
English Subject Statement
Maths Subject Statement
Science Subject Statement
Chances Assessment and Reporting
Our assessment system for students in Year 7 to Year 9 reflect two significant recent national changes :
- GCSE assessment have changed from letter grades to numbers grades (9 to 1)
– This will affect all students in Year 7 to 9
- Removal of National Curriculum Levels at Key Stage 3
– all schools have devised their own assessment system for students prior to GCSE
Other features of the new GCSEs include:
- Linear exams in the summer of Year 11 with no modules
- Increased content and difficulty
- Greater focus on quality of written communication
- No coursework
At Chances we work with a number of schools and academies and therefore have tried to respond to these changes with the purpose of creating a system that is easy to follow but remains consistent whilst still best preparing students for their future exams. Therefore, we use GCSE number grades for assessment for all students from Year 7 onwards. This enables students, parents and staff to measure progress with respect to GCSE grades from 1 to 9. These levels can be found on the links below for the core subjects.
As students are often with us for only a short period of time we set, alongside the partner school, SMART targets, directly related to the work they are doing at school, but can be achieved in a shorter period of time. These more regular assessments take place throughout a placement and are reported home by the end of each half term. The report shows the SMART target grade and the current working grade during a students time at Chances.
The chart below compares National Curriculum Levels, with GCSE grades and GCSE numbers. It will help compare between these different ways of measuring progress.
This chart is meant as an indication and should not be taken as definitive. However, it is a useful way of looking at progress between old NC Levels, GCSE grades and numbers.