Curriculum

The aims of the academy and the curriculum it provides are truly intertwined; we do not believe in pre-determined curriculum pathways that can limit a student’s choice based on their ability, characteristics or background.

Students in years 7 to 9 study the National Curriculum, which has been interpreted, designed and sequenced by subject experts to prepare students for their next steps. In our most recent Ofsted inspection, June 2022, it was noted that “Subject leaders have ensured that the curriculum is carefully considered and follows a logical sequence. Beyond Year 9, pupils can choose from a wide range of both academic and vocational subjects. This breadth of choice is particularly noticeable in the sixth form, where students can study several different pathways and combinations of qualifications.”

 

English

English

English at Ernest Bevin Academy is regarded as the great leveller of the subjects; it is fundamental for enabling access for all. To quote Ofsted from its Moving English Forward 2012 report, ‘There can be no more important subject than English in the school curriculum’. English is the world’s lingua franca, it is at the heart of British and American culture and is deeply entwined with culture globally.  

It is the language in which our students must learn to think, speak, and write in for their success both in and beyond the classroom./ It is the language medium in which most of our pupils think and communicate.  We see English as key to developing students’ literacy skills which gives them access to all other subjects. What’s more though, the discursive, analytical and philosophical elements that arise from the study of literature are essential in the formative years of individuals, as it helps people develop their sense of voice and agency by which they can engage with the complex and multifaceted ideas found in societies around the world; English, for us, is about both academic and personal growth.

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Maths

Maths

Mathematics is critical in helping us all to understand and change the world. It plays a vital role in many aspects of our everyday life. The subject of Mathematics provides us with a broad range of skills for problem solving, logical reasoning and flexible thinking.

At Ernest Bevin Academy, we have redesigned our Key Stage 3 schemes of learning to reflect the new National Curriculum for Mathematics. Our KS3 students complete a 2-year programme of study for KS3 and then proceed to go onto a 3-year GCSE programme. Our schemes of learning are intended to develop the skills set out in the National Curriculum as well as to nurture a sense of curiosity and confidence about mathematics.

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Science

Science

The Science Department offers a progressive, diverse, high quality and challenging curriculum.  We will also develop practical, vocabulary, numerical and investigative skills which will help them to explain the ever-changing world around us.

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Art

Art

The Art Department at Ernest Bevin Academy offers students many opportunities to develop their creative skills. Studying art at school encourages creativity and self-expression, as well as providing an outlet to release the stresses of everyday life and helping students to develop critical thinking skills.

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Business Studies and Economics

Business Studies and Economics

Business Studies and Economics are offered as optional GCSE subjects in years 10 and 11, as well as at A-Level in years 12 and 13. Information about the Business Studies and Economics A-Level is available in the Sixth Form Course Booklet. 

The aim in the Business Studies department is to offer an exciting and dynamic curriculum that reflects the ever-changing nature of the business world. It is important for students to develop an awareness and natural curiosity of the Business and Economic environment around them and to have a deeper understanding of the businesses that students will one day work for or run. Critical to this is learning how to manage current and future financial capability both personally and in business.

All students will study a wide range of business concepts and theories. From human resources, finance and marketing to business strategy, all of these will give students a winning edge in the employment market. Most importantly, we want our students to be able to apply these concepts and theories to real life businesses in order for them to provide sufficient analysis and evaluation to solve business problems and provide solutions.

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Careers and work-related Learning

Careers and work-related Learning

Ernest Bevin Academy is incredibly proud of the outstanding destination outcomes of its students. This excellence is the result of the hard work of students and teachers, but also of our exemplary careers education, information, advice and guidance. We are committed to a high quality programme for all students from Year 7 to Year 13.

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Computer Science

Computer Science

The study of Computer Science is fast paced due to continual technological advances. Our department, made up of subject specialists, are at the forefront of the teaching of Computing Science. We are a Computing at School lead school within the Network of Excellence in Computer Science Teaching, and we believe in offering an experience in the most up to date technologies and software platforms. There are two strands students can follow: academic or vocational.

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Design and Technology

Design and Technology

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, students are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They work in a range of domestic and local contexts (for example, the home, health, leisure and culture), and industrial contexts (for example, engineering, manufacturing, construction, food, energy, agriculture – including horticulture- and fashion.

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Drama

Drama

Learning Drama provides valuable skills to all students, from effective teamwork to building confidence in public speaking. Students learn and develop a wide variety of skills and techniques that are transferrable both in and out of the Drama classroom, including the importance of vocal and physical skills to communicate to an audience as well as how to make key pieces of information stand out.  

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Geography

Geography

Geography at Ernest Bevin Academy aims to develop well informed students who are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and impetus to understand the social, economic, and environmental dynamics of our planet Earth.

We will do this by firstly engaging the heart to develop passion and an empathy associated with the living world to teach students how their lives and actions are effected by their relationship with geography. Secondly, by engaging the head we will give knowledge of concepts, and processes happening each and every day around the world. And finally, by engaging the hands, we will develop the skills needed to assess, evaluate, and understand the world we live in, and our place within it.

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History

History

The Key Stage 3 History Curriculum at Ernest Bevin is a vitally important and challenging phase of students’ learning. It is designed to be ambitious, enjoyable and knowledge rich; sparking students’ curiosity and passion for learning about the past. The overarching intention is that students become articulate and deeply knowledgeable subject specialists. Students are expected to write, speak and adopt the habits of historians, for example making substantiated judgements, having a deep respect for evidence and using academic vocabulary confidently.

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Media Studies

Media Studies

A-level Media Studies is offered in the Sixth Form

In contemporary times, the question really should be why are we not studying media already? Media is everywhere. Our lives are saturated with TV, games, cinema, websites, adverts, everywhere we look. It is fundamental that we have a clear understanding of these products and how they are created in order to fully understand the world in which we live. In addition, for young men in London, there are thousands of career opportunities in Media. We live in one of the leading global media centres and the hub for the biggest and still fastest growing worldwide industry – you are in prime position to be a part of that industry and forge a career in what is a vibrant, ever-changing world.

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Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages

Bonjour! Hola! Ni Hao!

In Year 7, 8 & 9 students will learn either French or Spanish. In Year 10 & 11 most students will continue to study this language at GCSE. Those students who speak another language at home are encouraged to sit a GCSE paper in this language and the Academy can help with exam preparation.

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Music

Music

By having the opportunity to learn Music in Key Stage 3, students are introduced to a wealth of different cultures through the exploration of musical style and rhythm. Students will learn the importance of pace and tonality whilst learning a variety of different topics. 

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Physical Education

Physical Education

PE & Sport play an essential role within the day-to-day life at the Academy. We aim to provide a balanced and interactive curriculum that is inclusive for all, whilst at the simultaneously providing opportunities for students to face new sporting challenges and to update existing skills. Students will be introduced to new sports and teams, allowing them to become team players and independent thinkers.

Sport also plays an important role in teaching the students about how to maintain a healthy active lifestyle. All students are expected to attend one of the extracurricular clubs, either before school, lunchtime or after school.

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PSHE

PSHE

Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education (PSHE) is taught once a week during a 45-minute lesson.  PSHE education helps children and young people to identify, celebrate and manage the many personal, economic, and social challenges they face, while they are at school, and in the future. Through PSHE education, children and young people acquire and extend the knowledge and skills they need as they (and their communities) grow and change, so that they can be safe, healthy, and economically secure.

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Religious Education

Religious Education

The Key Stage 3 Religious Education curriculum at Ernest Bevin Academy focuses on four key themes:

Historical and Cultural Context

Students learn how religions change and develop over time. This includes the historical reasons for changes in beliefs and the connections between faiths.

The Lives of Believers

Students also learn about how belonging to a religion affects the daily life of believers. How do their religious beliefs shape their decisions and their relationships with others?

Tolerance

The world is full of people with very different beliefs and opinions. Students will learn how to respect the beliefs of others who may have views that are different to our own.

Religion in Society

The final theme concerns how different religions live together in the modern world and how sometimes this can lead to conflict and challenges

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Secondary School National Offer Day 1st March 2024

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