Curriculum Rationale
Definition of Curriculum

Four distinct models of curriculum can be drawn from academic research. These can be summarised as:

  1. Curriculum as a body of knowledge to be transmitted;
  2. Curriculum as an attempt to achieve certain ends in students – product;
  3. Curriculum as process – or a particular form of specification about the practice of teaching;
  4. Curriculum as praxis – as above, but with a specific, moral purpose.

Therefore, at OBHS we are engaged in understanding the curriculum in its broader definitions.
It is essential that the curriculum is organised in such a way that it provides students with the opportunity to learn expected behaviours and be successful in
their learning and in a way that is aligned to our values of:

  • Equality
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Tolerance
  • Mutual Respect
  • Fairness

OBHS Strategic Intent:

  • Have high success rates in terms of academic achievement;
  • Efficient in delivery and cost effective;
  • Diverse and rich experiences that develop students academically, socially and culturally;
  • Fit for the 21 Century, responding to the local, regional, national and global challenges;
  • Engaging and responsive to individuals irrespective of starting points and background;
  • Prepare students with the skills for their next step into education or training.

OBHS Curriculum Design Principles:

  • Curriculum design supports the strategic intent of the curriculum;
  • Population design should be driven by the specific OBHS curriculum implementation;
  • Subject specialism and expertise should be called upon to staff specialist curriculum subjects, particularly at KS4 in examination subjects;
  • Scheduling patterns - subjects are scheduled equally across the school week, so no subject is disadvantaged by the delivery pattern;
  • Curriculum Enhancement is focussed at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 English and Maths;
  • Personalisation of the curriculum is introduced before the end of Key Stage 3;
  • The KS3 curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and requires 3 years to ensure breadth and depth, with all students having access to a modern foreign language
  • The majority of students should study the EBACC curriculum at KS4, ensuring most students study a modern foreign language at KS4;

Curriculum Implementation

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