We follow the National Curriculum (NC) for England at Key Stage 3. While responding to curriculum developments in UK schools, we endeavour to focus on the ever-changing and evolving needs of our parents and students for assessment. While the NC undergoes change, we aim to maintain consistency across subject areas by using the familiar NC levels and applying them to the changing curriculum. As the effect of the changes made to the NC becomes clearer, our assessment and reporting system will evolve.
Our curriculum for Key Stage 3 consists of the 9 subjects listed below. Provision is also made for the compulsory Arabic curriculum (6 lessons per week for Arabic, Social Studies and Religious Studies), taught by locally hired specialists. Our Key Stage 3 Booklet informs parents and students about the courses they will follow giving advice and guidance on how both parents and students can make the most of their time here at TBS.
Discussions in class and during Parent Consultation evenings help parents and students understand the significance of their attainment levels. The British National Curriculum section in the student diary also provides useful information. Music, Drama, Design & Technology and the Practice of Physical Education are not part of the compulsory Arabic Curriculum; and not a recognised IGCSE subject by the Ministry of Education or local universities, for this reason they are not part of our curriculum. Each year the Ministry of Education approves more subjects for delivery at IGCSE, we will continue to monitor these changes; and where necessary make modifications to the curriculum in future years
A weekly homework task is set in all classroom based subjects to complement, extend and consolidate work done in class. Marks are recorded and advice given on how to improve. Regular formative assessments take place throughout the year which helps teachers to intervene with individuals and groups and inform future teaching plans. Five, formal summative assessments take place each year. These may be formal tests, extended projects, or a significant piece of work which allows a ‘snap shot’ of a student’s attainment. Effort grades (A – E) and National Curriculum levels with sublevels are reported to parents. Where necessary, individual or group intervention is planned after analysing assessment data.