It is beneficial for some students to study one less subject at GCSE and follow a Study Plus Option. This is designed to help students increase their level of achievement in the GCSE examinations, not only in English and Mathematics but also in other subjects that depend to some extent on literacy and numeracy skills.
A key feature of our Study Plus course is that it does not follow a set syllabus or specification but is designed specifically for a particular group of students whose learning needs have been identified.
Study Plus also allows students to receive support for homework tasks given in their core and guided options. Students are also taught key skills they will need now and for the future such as effective time management and revision techniques.
Students should choose to take Study Plus only after consultation between Mrs Currier (Head of EL) and their assigned member of Lower School Office or Upper School Office.
The Enhanced Learning Faculty also offer CoPE as a guided option. The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) allows students to record and develop their personal skills, abilities and achievements. This course is based on the development and assessment of the following six core skills regularly described by empoyers as desirable:
- Working with others
- Improving own learning and performance
- Problem solving
- The ability to carry out research
- Communication skills
- The ability to deliver oral presentations
There is not a formal examination in this subject. Students are assessed on the portfolio of evidence that they produce. Lessons are tailored to the needs and strengths of the students but are based around the following module titles:
Communication; Citizenship and Community; Sport and Leisure; Independent Living; The Environment; Vocational and Diploma Preparation; Health and Fitness; Work Related Learning and Enterprise; Science and Technology; International Links; Expressive Arts; Beliefs and Values.
Mrs Currier, Head of Enhanced Learning, will identify and advise students who may benefit from this course.