Our Curriculum

‘Questions you cannot answer are far better for you than answers you cannot question.’  

Yuval Noah Harari

 

At Northfleet Technology College we go beyond to develop caring, curious and creative learners who are aspirational and determined to make a difference.

We do this by teaching our student the essential knowledge and behaviours they need so they can respond to the big questions in their journey through each subject domain and beyond.

Our broad and balanced curriculum offer enables this learning by challenging all students to achieve their full potential and become principled leaders and caring citizens.

We call this curriculum vision the 3C’s, and it aims to develop our students to be:

  • Curious to learn, use and share knowledge through being inquisitive, thinking critically and challenging.
  • Creative in applying learning through being imaginative, collaborative and persistent.
  • Caring about themselves, others and the world around them through being principled leaders and taking responsibility.


What are the intentions of our curriculum?

These are summarised in the video below, and more specific information can be found using the subject links:

 


How is our Curriculum implemented?

Key Stage 3

  • This covers the full breadth of the National Curriculum over 3 years.
  • 79% is delivered in discrete lessons by subject specialists.
  • 21% is team taught through GLAS, which covers Geography, History, Computing, RE and Literacy. This is delivered by a small team of subject specialists who build effective relationships quickly that support students in feeling secure and confident in their early years.
  • GLAS provides flexibility to enable interventions to address gaps from KS2, including low levels of literacy. It also allows staff to identify SEND and other barriers so they can be addressed rapidly.
  • In Y9, alongside the core, students follow five Curiosity programmes that complete their KS3 studies and help inform KS4 option choices. These are:
    • Humanities – Geography and History programmes that include relevant field work.
    • Languages – Students either choose an languages programme that leads onto GCSE ,or an applied languages course that will develop their oracy and cultural understanding.
    • Enterprise – A programme of Computing, Design Technology and Enterprise, using links with local business.
    • Arts – A programme that deepens creativity across Art, Drama, Media and Music.
    • Life – Covering age specific Careers, Citizenship, Financial Management, RE and RSE.
  • PSHE is delivered through a weekly Community Hour programme in vertical groups.
  • Also students take part in a weekly Learning Conversation with their Learning Coach to support their wider development.

Key Stage 4

  • Student’s study nine qualifications:
    • GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Maths, Combined Science and an NCFE in Health and Fitness
    • At least one GCSE in Geography, History, French or Spanish
    • Those with a first language other than English are also encouraged to study a GCSE to achieve recognition of their knowledge in this valuable subject
    • A choice of up to two vocational qualifications that enable students to broaden their knowledge and recognise excellence.
  • All students can study the full EBacc, and more than 20% typically do.
  • PSHE is delivered through a weekly Community Hour programme in vertical groups.
  • Also, students take part in a weekly Learning Conversation with their Learning Coach to support their wider development.
  • Careers support ensures all students choose a curriculum that best supports their future career aspirations, leading to destinations at or above national over several years.

Click here for our dedicated KS4 Options website

Key Stage 5

  • Our offer is designed to meet the needs of our students within the context of other local providers.
  • There are four pathways designed to address these needs:
    • A Level 2 ‘Flight Path’ package designed to support progression and complement local provision.
    • A Level 3 vocational offer that uses a range of industry recognised qualifications alongside appropriate work experience and work related learning.
    • A Basketball and Football Academy programme that is aimed at engaging students through sport maintain their studies and support progression.
    • An International Baccalaureate offer that combines academic study with vocational learning.
    • From 2023 we are also developing a T Level offer in Business and Administration
  • There is also a weekly hour dedicated to a personal development programme that includes the Professional Qualification in Leadership and Initiative (PQLI)
  • Students also have regular Learning Conversations that aim to support their post 18 progression.

Click here for our dedicate Sixth Form webpages

 


How do we deliver remote learning when required?

The document linked here outlines how we approached remote learning in the last lockdown period in Term 3/4 2021. We will revised this document based on latest guidance should it be directed to return to remote learning in future.