UNDERSTANDING THE BRITISH EDUCATION SYSTEM
Our Aim: Every Child Matters Our Key Outcomes for children and young people are: • Staying safe • Being healthy • Enjoying and achieving • Making a positive contribution • Achieving economic wellbeing
Primary School:Early years : Reception / Nursery For all 3 year olds (part time) Children learn through play. They also learn to make friends.
Primary School:Key Stage 1: Years / Class 1 and 2 Children learn to: • Read • Write • Draw • Paint • Add • Subtract • Play
Key Stage 2: Years / Class 3-6 Learning becomes more advanced. Children learn through: • Research • Experiments • Discussions • Exploring • Developing personal styles..
KS3: YEARS 7-9The National Curriculum- This is what the education department in the UK wants schools to teach. • Core subjects: English, Maths, Science, ICT • Foundation subjects: History, Geography, Art, Music, PE, Design and Technology, MFL • Compulsory subjects: RE (Religious Education), Citizenship, Sex Education as part of PSHE
Choices in Y9 (for KS4) At the end of Year 9 pupils choose their GCSE options. Your child will study: English ICT Maths national exams and PE Science Citizenship and choose one subject from each of these 4 areas: • Arts subjects (art + design, music, dance, drama + media arts) • Design + Technology (DT) • Humanities (history + geography) • Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) + community languages
KS5: Years 12 - 13 • Pupils can choose to study at: - a school sixth form - a sixth form college - a further education college • Pupils can study for: - A Levels (needed for university) - BTECs - other qualifications
Support for Learning • Students with Special Educational Needs:differentiation; in-class support; withdrawal group work; homework clubs; speech and language therapy; physiotherapy • EMA / EAL students: Induction courses for beginners; in-class support; differentiation; bi-lingual dictionaries; reading time; lunch time and after school homework clubs • Students with emotional / behavioural needs: Learning Support Unit programmes; Learning Mentors; School Counselling Team; wide range of external agencies
Supporting your child in school Attendance and punctuality • The school year is 190 days. This is compulsory • If your child is sick you need to send a medical note • If attendance falls below 89% you will be asked to come in for a meeting with the Head Holidays • There are 3 terms in a year • Each term has a half term holiday for one week • There is a two week holiday at Christmas (December) and Easter • The summer holiday is about 6 weeks • NO HOLIDAY SHOULD BE TAKEN DURING TERM TIME. This can affect your child’s attendance and learning Parents’ Evenings • At parents’ evenings you can come and meet your child’s teachers to discuss their progress • If you don’t feel confident in speaking English you may bring a friend or relative with you
Parental involvement • Schools are keen to involve parents in the life of the school • Your school may have: - parents / teachers associations - community parents meetings, eg. coffee mornings - international evenings - family learning days - Parent Voice groups - a homework diary through which you can keep in touch with your child’s teachers