‘Life’ is a five-year curriculum offer, tailored specifically to meet the needs of the school’s local context whilst at the same time equipping pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to play their full part in an ever changing world. Our programme includes the delivery of RE, RSE, PSHE, CEIAG and fundamental British Values, delivered through a combination of timetabled lessons, our curriculum for ‘life’ tutorial and assembly programme, plus a series of progressive drop-down days. Year 7 and 8 students currently receive 1 timetabled lesson of ‘life’ per week in addition to the three ‘life’ drop-down days and three CEIAG drop-down days. This will be expanded from 2020 to ensure all students in years 7-11 receive a timetabled lesson of ‘life’ throughout their time at Manor Croft. We believe that this is so crucial to the prospective outcomes of our learners that it needs consistency within the curriculum. The ‘life’ and CEIAG days will remain and be developed further.
‘Life’ places social and personal development at the heart of its design, with group discussion, self-expression and the promotion of tolerance & respect towards the opinions of others assessed in each unit of work. Providing opportunities for pupils to develop confidence, resilience and knowledge to stay mentally and physically healthy are also included. Motivational speakers are invited into the academy to deliver inspirational sessions. An example of this is Jimmy Gittins from the State of Mind mental health charity. As the school has a focus on rugby league, his story and experiences struck a chord with our students and conveyed a powerful message.
At Key Stage 3, pupils explore an array of pertinent issues such as online and offline risks, including gangs, radicalisation and extremism through half-termly topics. The inappropriate use of mobile technology and social media is also reinforced through the computing curriculum as well as being emphasised and revisited in our tutor time and assembly programme, promoting for example national ‘Safer Internet Day’ across the academy and key stages.
Religious Studies is also embedded throughout Key Stage 3, as pupils are able to explore the religions of Christianity, Islam and Hinduism in order to develop skills of reflection, respect and tolerance.
With income deprivation and unemployment levels in the local area significantly above national averages, we are fully committed to ensuring that our ‘life’ curriculum provides sufficient time to achieve all eight of The Gatsby Benchmarks, working alongside a broad range of external organisations. A mixture of tutor time activities and progressive drop-down days provide opportunities for work experience, employer contact and Enterprise Education to allow the following targets to be met: