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Between 2010 - 2012, as a school we were able to offer 1 day a week courses (motor mechanics, hairdressing and construction) to students. All of the courses had been extremely successful boasting a 100% pass rate for all participants, including the highlight of a student at risk of exclusion securing an apprenticeship with Ferrari. 

Unfortunately, these courses were removed as the Ebacc was introduced. Subsequently, when I was the Key Stage 4 Curriculum Lead it was extremely difficult to find suitable alternative options for students who were struggling with mainstream curriculum. Furthermore, I was faced with moral dilemmas such as:

  • not allowing students to drop subjects - for example students who has a strong dislike for the subject and did not have the aptitude were being made to study a language (due to the Ebacc)
  • not allowing students to study Art and Textiles as separate subjects because the school would not get any value added recognition due to having the same discount code.

Over the years, hours and hours were spent researching government and exam board websites to find the information I was looking for. When talking to a colleague, we often said to enable us to make informed strategic decisions, we needed all curriculum information in one place

Why is our message important

With the pressure to achieve on school performance tables, effective alternate routes for students are sometimes overlooked. Statistics show that the number of student NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training), fixed term and permanent exclusions are unfortunately a rising trend.

  • The number of 16-18 NEETs recorded in Dec 2019 was 7.5% (133,000) rising from 6.2% (111,000) in Dec 2017
  • The number of fixed period exclusions has risen to 438300 (2018/19) from 239,240 (2014/15)
  • The number of permanent exclusions has risen to 7,894 (2018/19) from 4,785 (2014/15)

I always found searching for courses and key information about them unnecessarily cumbersome. Curriculum Wide has allowed me to easily find exciting new courses for some of my learners, who are now still enrolled in school and happily undertaking a fisheries course 1 day a week.


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