Curriculum Pathways

Year 7, 8 and 9 students’ curriculum will be organised into ability bands known as pathways, rather than the traditional setting model. The banded model will allow students to follow a varied curriculum programme which is most suited to their ability and ensure they make desired levels of progress. The bands will consist of multiple teaching groups and students may find themselves grouped on ability within a pathway.

During Year 9, students will be selecting subjects they wish to continue to study at GCSE level from a range of subjects available to their specific pathway position in January. However, their final Year 10 pathway destination will be based on performance in the Year 9 exams.

We have three ability based pathways; Green for the most able students in the year group; Blue for the middle ability students and the Purple for the students who would benefit from a reduced curriculum offer to include additional literacy and numeracy support.

Why do we need to change our provision?

OFSTED in 2008 –
  • Graded the quality of teaching as good overall across the school, although there remained some inconsistencies, especially with regard to the pace and challenge of learning.
  • In some lessons students were not sufficiently challenged or inspired and became passive rather than active learners. In these lessons the learning objectives were not made sufficiently clear to students, nor was learning sufficiently checked or consolidated as the lesson developed.
  • The curriculum was satisfactory in the main school. The school had been slower than other schools to develop wider curriculum choices that meet the needs of all learners, especially in Key Stage 4.
  • Curriculum timetabling anomalies have meant that some students are taught by more than one teacher for a specific subject, which has an adverse impact on the progress they make and the standards they attain.
What the school should do to improve further
  • Improve learning by ensuring that all students are actively engaged in lessons and that they are challenged by clear and measurable learning objectives.
  • Expand the curriculum to meet the needs of all learners.
  • Improve the effectiveness of data management to inform students’ achievement and school improvement.

Teachers have dramatically sharpened their practice to include active and engaging learning activities, along with the use of data to plan individual journeys for students with differing abilities through the lesson to ensure that make desired levels of progress.
Externally validated data sources – (Examines the progress of students with similar ability profiles nationally)

  • Consistently indicates that we are not doing well by our most able students, middle ability boys and weak students.
Progression into Higher Education/ Employment training
  • Students completing GCSE courses at 16 are now required to remain in education or employment training until they are 18 years old.
  • Universities and employers are looking for the ‘quality’ of the grades rather than the ‘quantity’ of the grades. Therefore the majority of our students are encouraged to study three Level 3 qualifications. A small minority will opt for four and many will supplement their suite of qualifications with Level 3 Maths and/or an EPQ.
  • To progress onto Level 3 qualifications (A Level equivalents) at Tring School, students require a minimum GCSE Average Point Score of 38.5 and for most subjects a B grade in the subject they wish to continue studying.
  • To progress onto Vocationally related courses such as BTECs, students need a C grade in Maths and English for most of our courses.
  • All students achieving the minimum APS on entry but not achieving Maths and/or English will attend resit classes and sit their GCSE again in November. The vast majority of our students who resit at this time subsequently achieve the C grade.

How will the pathways be applied?

Students will be banded using prior data – KS2 Eng and Maths data is used to rank the year group, current levels of achievement are then used to rank the year group and then finally the amount of progress made by the individual students within the different subject areas over the year group.

If you require more information on the curriculum please contact Mrs S Ambrose via the school.