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1 Managing the New Curriculum Changes The opportunities and challenges for Catholic Schools – a perspective from Notre Dame High School Brian Conway Deputy Head Notre Dame High School

2 Three Hats! SSAT Regional Lead Practitioner for Curriculum Change Member of CES Working Party Deputy Head at Notre Dame High School

3 Firstly …… SSAT Regional LP for Curriculum Change – part of the DCSF and QCA support network for the 2008 Curriculum Changes SSAT Regional LP for Curriculum Change – part of the DCSF and QCA support network for the 2008 Curriculum Changes

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5 What are your drivers for curriculum change? National ‘imposition’ National ‘imposition’ Local need Local need Staff dissatisfaction Staff dissatisfaction Parental Demands Parental Demands Student demands – are all students achieving / participating Student demands – are all students achieving / participating Standards – can they be maintained in view of the challenges of new courses? Standards – can they be maintained in view of the challenges of new courses? Leadership - meaningful change and curriculum evolution Leadership - meaningful change and curriculum evolution

6 Have you a plan for implementation? Timescales for change Timescales for change Functional Skills Functional Skills Diploma entitlement – 2013 Diploma entitlement – 2013 Missing the funding bandwagon? Missing the funding bandwagon?

7 Summary of changes KS3 – L2L, Seal, Accelerated Curriculum, Opening Minds KS3 – L2L, Seal, Accelerated Curriculum, Opening Minds KS4 – Diplomas – Gateway 1,2 and Gateway 3 bids, Functional Skills, other courses KS4 – Diplomas – Gateway 1,2 and Gateway 3 bids, Functional Skills, other courses VI Form – Diplomas, new A Levels, (International Baccaleaureate), Extended Project VI Form – Diplomas, new A Levels, (International Baccaleaureate), Extended Project

8 Support available…. NCSL events – currently taking place NCSL events – currently taking place 3 October*Samuel Whitbread School Bedfordshire 7 October*Birchwood High School Hertfordshire 16 OctoberNotre Dame High School Norfolk 21 OctoberSwavesey Village College Cambridge 24 OctoberKesgrave High School Suffolk 17 OctoberLea Valley High School Enfield 20 OctoberJohn Kelly Girls Technology College Neasden Will focus on ‘Managing Change’ * events will include info on Diplomas

9 Support from SSAT Regional Conferences in December – Regional Conferences in December – 1 st Dec Dunston Hall Norwich Case studies of schools approaches to change March 2009 – workshops on the lessons from Gateway 1 Diploma lines

10 Change Hats…. CES working party CES working party

11 KS3 How can we make use of the opportunities presented? How can we make use of the opportunities presented? Individual schools responding to change in different ways Individual schools responding to change in different ways Norfolk ‘sample’ Norfolk ‘sample’ What can Catholic schools do that is appropriate? What can Catholic schools do that is appropriate?

12 KS3 for Catholic schools Real opportunities to shape KS3 Real opportunities to shape KS3 SEAL? – could fit with ethos SEAL? – could fit with ethos A chance to share and develop our best practice A chance to share and develop our best practice I would like to share examples of innovative KS3 developments with CES I would like to share examples of innovative KS3 developments with CES Examples to me please……… Examples to me please………

13 Diplomas and the CES 14 – 19 Working Party ‘The CES works hard to ensure that the Catholic sector has a voice in the discussions surrounding changes to education in England and Wales.’ On the CES website you will find case studies of Catholic schools already engaged in new ways of working in the phase, a list of the Catholic schools/corsortia offering Diplomas from September 2008, proposed curriculum models, an example of post-16 collaboration, and much more. On the CES website you will find case studies of Catholic schools already engaged in new ways of working in the phase, a list of the Catholic schools/corsortia offering Diplomas from September 2008, proposed curriculum models, an example of post-16 collaboration, and much more.

14 Challenges to Catholic Schools Common timetabling? Common timetabling? Students leaving site for two days per week? Students leaving site for two days per week? Other students coming into school? Other students coming into school? Content / context of some Diploma Lines? Content / context of some Diploma Lines? % of time for RE? % of time for RE? Skewing the curriculum for a minority? Skewing the curriculum for a minority?

15 Opportunities? Can we use these opportunities to enhance our mission? Can we use these opportunities to enhance our mission? Will our students take our ethos and spread it to others? Will our students take our ethos and spread it to others? Will those students who come to us be enlightened by our faith? Will those students who come to us be enlightened by our faith? Can we use Diploma content imaginatively? – CAFOD? Can we use Diploma content imaginatively? – CAFOD? Can we maintain our timetable and RE time? Can we maintain our timetable and RE time?

16 Change Hats…. Deputy Head at Notre Dame High School Deputy Head at Notre Dame High School

17 Background Large nor High School Large nor High School Large catchment and ability range Large catchment and ability range Located in Norwich – close to college and other schools Located in Norwich – close to college and other schools Specialisms in MFL, Science and Training School Specialisms in MFL, Science and Training School Part of Open Opportunity – a collaborative with local schools and college (City College, Earlham, Framingham Earl, Hewett & City of Norwich Schools) Part of Open Opportunity – a collaborative with local schools and college (City College, Earlham, Framingham Earl, Hewett & City of Norwich Schools)

18 How did we begin to decide how we wanted to use these curriculum opportunities? Roadmap Roadmap Shared document – owned by all Shared document – owned by all One vision of where we are going One vision of where we are going Shared with all – including our partners in collaborative Shared with all – including our partners in collaborative

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20 KS3 HODs individually wanted to innovate – a 2 yr KS3 is a natural outcome in several subjects HODs individually wanted to innovate – a 2 yr KS3 is a natural outcome in several subjects Those HODs that were reluctant have been forced to reshape their curriculum in response to early innovation Those HODs that were reluctant have been forced to reshape their curriculum in response to early innovation Reorganisation (middle schools etc) can be a real opportunity to reshape the curriculum radically Reorganisation (middle schools etc) can be a real opportunity to reshape the curriculum radically SEAL to be embedded into Y7 – enhances the ethos SEAL to be embedded into Y7 – enhances the ethos Options – the students want some in Y8 Options – the students want some in Y8 Planning for possible FS in Yr9 Planning for possible FS in Yr9 Vocational tasters in Y9 Vocational tasters in Y9

21 KS3 SATS SATS Revere them with the reverence they deserve Revere them with the reverence they deserve If Governors come to understand the relative importance then make sure all staff are equally aware of the Governors views! If Governors come to understand the relative importance then make sure all staff are equally aware of the Governors views! If we can’t forget them entirely how far can we ignore them? If we can’t forget them entirely how far can we ignore them? Wouldn’t FS be more appropriate? Wouldn’t FS be more appropriate?

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23 KS4 True Partnership pays dividends- as a Catholic School we need to be vigilant about our role and confident in the partnership True Partnership pays dividends- as a Catholic School we need to be vigilant about our role and confident in the partnership Be honest – send students to quality providers, ensure they miss as little of our spiritual aspects as possible Be honest – send students to quality providers, ensure they miss as little of our spiritual aspects as possible Choice needs IAG early - Parents must be involved Choice needs IAG early - Parents must be involved Common timetable a must – how does this affect assemblies? Masses? Common timetable a must – how does this affect assemblies? Masses? 5 Young Apprenticeship courses – involved in teaching 3 of them 5 Young Apprenticeship courses – involved in teaching 3 of them Diplomas – Currently offering 2 but will have 7 possible lines next year – will be involved in teaching 4 Diplomas – Currently offering 2 but will have 7 possible lines next year – will be involved in teaching 4 IFP IFP AS and Extended Project in Y11 AS and Extended Project in Y11

24 Innovation in KS4 International Baccalaureate tasters International Baccalaureate tasters Extended Project in Y11 Extended Project in Y11 AS in Y11 must have an A2 in Y12 AS in Y11 must have an A2 in Y12 Ensure all students have a pathway – college, training providers in at every opportunity. If they are to leave us for courses elsewhere can we make sure that our ethos goes with them? Ensure all students have a pathway – college, training providers in at every opportunity. If they are to leave us for courses elsewhere can we make sure that our ethos goes with them?

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26 Y12 and Y13 Common timetabled courses – we welcome other students and we allow our own to access elsewhere Common timetabled courses – we welcome other students and we allow our own to access elsewhere International Baccalaureate – CAS, TOK International Baccalaureate – CAS, TOK Diplomas – cannot have them on roll at ND due to LSC funding Diplomas – cannot have them on roll at ND due to LSC funding Access to ‘Former Home Institution ethos’ – a recognised aspiration within the partnership Access to ‘Former Home Institution ethos’ – a recognised aspiration within the partnership

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28 Final Thoughts Several times a year – collapsed timetable for whole school Several times a year – collapsed timetable for whole school Educational Visit Educational Visit Two way mentoring Two way mentoring Music Music Language Language

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