The curriculum at Strive has a clear focus on both nurturing the individual and academic learning.

Curriculum Overview:

The curriculum at Strive has a clear focus on both nurturing the individual and academic learning. Our primary ambition is to make sure a pupil is ready to learn, enabling them to successfully access the curriculum on offer. Learning is relevant and applicable to life outside of school and to future learning and work opportunities.

The curriculum and support we offer, allows ALL pupils the opportunity to reach their full potential. The specific intent of the curriculum design and content ensures that there is a clear and coherent reason WHY we are delivering what we are. Every aspect of our curriculum is tailored to the interests and needs of the young person and is linked to short and long-term objectives, which are shared and understood by pupils.

The curriculum is implemented by dedicated professionals who are skilled and experienced in their specific area of delivery. Where necessary, class sizes will reduce to allow for smaller and a bespoke 1-1 programmes. Lesson times are designed to be shorter to increase the engagement of learners to provide a more positive learning experience.

When the intent and implementation is well designed and delivered, the impact is that pupils have the greatest opportunity to gain a fulfilling and successful experience here at Strive. In addition to grades, percentages, official qualifications and certificates, progress can be measured by a variety of means. Increased attendance, improved behaviour and having a positive physical and mental well-being, are all progress measures that we will aim to improve.

MONDAY - KS3 Core Curriculum and Creative Option

KS3 pupils will learn core curriculum subjects in the morning period. Maths, English and Science will be covered in an engaging format. We will align the work at Strive with the content and specifications from home schools where possible. After lunch pupils will take part in a creative option. This could include baking, arts & craft, photography or a sporting activity. These options will be based around the interests of the group.

MONDAY - KS4 Hair and Beauty

In the Strive salon, pupils will immerse themselves in a real-life environment to explore what working in this demanding yet rewarding industry is really like. Pupils will learn life and employability skills in nails, beauty and make-up application. Progress to employment or post-16 education in the beauty industry. BTEC L1 Award-Certificate Vocational Qualification.

TUESDAY - KS4 BTEC Sport (1/2 day)

Pupils will study the theoretical aspect of sport in the classroom before taking part in a programme of practical exercise and activities. Activities will rotate between gym/boxing/circuits/fitness, table-tennis, indoor climbing, pool & darts, badminton and team games such as football/cricket/rounders/tag rugby/basketball. This is a practical course designed to allow opportunities using a range of facilities within the local community.

Pupils studying this course will normally couple with FS English.

TUESDAY - KS4 FS English (1/2 day)

This core examination course is designed to make English relevant to the real world and the workplace. The FS specification allow pupils to develop subject knowledge and apply it in a variety of different contexts. It provides a foundation for progression to employment or further education and it will help learners develop skills for everyday life. Functional Skills Entry Level 1-3 & Level 1-2. Pupils can sit formal FS exams at Strive.

Pupils studying this course will normally couple with BTEC Sports.

 

WEDNESDAY - KS4 FS Maths (1/2 day)

This core examination course is designed to make Maths relevant to the real world and the workplace. The FS specification allow pupils to develop subject knowledge and apply it in a variety of different contexts. It provides a foundation for progression to employment or further education and it will help learners develop skills for everyday life. Functional Skills Entry Level 1-3 & Level 1-2. Pupils can sit formal FS exams at Strive.

Pupils studying this course will normally couple with Cookery.

WEDNESDAY - KS4 Cookery (1/2 day)

Pupils will explore the exciting, creative and practical nature of cooking within the home environment. In the Strive kitchen, pupils will learn how to prepare, make and serve a variety of foods that can be then used at home. Healthy eating, shopping and budgeting are all essential life skills that will be taught. BTEC L1 Award-Certificate Vocational Qualification.

Pupils studying this course will normally couple with Maths.

 

THURSDAY - KS4 Practical & Basic Construction

This course is designed to develop practical skills that are transferable in to the real world. Pupils will take part in a practical activity in the morning. This includes basic bike mechanics, repair and maintenance, sports and bush craft skills, followed by woodwork, joinery and plastering in the afternoon. The afternoon session will take place in the outstanding facilities at Harrogate College.

 

THURSDAY - KS3 Cookery & Sport

Cookery – Pupils will explore the exciting, creative and practical nature of cooking within the home environment. In the Strive kitchen, pupils will learn how to prepare, make and serve a variety of foods that can be then used at home. All ingredients is provided by Strive where parents contribute to the cost every half-term.

Sports – Activities will rotate between gym/boxing/circuits/fitness, table-tennis, indoor climbing, pool & darts, badminton and team games such as football/cricket/rounders/tag rugby/basketball.

FRIDAY Y11 Only - Life Skills, Careers & Employability

This course is designed to prepare pupils for life beyond Y11, which is relevant to further education, the real world and the workplace. Pupils will study employability skills, CV writing, interview skills and techniques, job applications and careers and training pathways. Pupils will also take part in a work experience module that will place them in a real life working environment in their area of interest with a Harrogate based company.

FRIDAY KS4 - Land-based Studies (course to commence 4/10/21)

Land-based Studies is a vocational option for pupils interested in practical outdoor work in a woodland environment. Based mainly in the Nidd Gorge area of Harrogate, the course covers field work, conservation and repair and maintenance. Pupils will also learn bush craft skills and participate in field trips and camping expeditions to experience the different landscapes and habitats in the region to further their understanding and appreciation of the natural world. 

The curriculum, regardless of subject studied, is underpinned by a programme of nurturing and personal development that focuses on communication and interaction skills, cognition and learning skills, personal, social, emotional skills and British values.

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Curriculum Aims:

This curriculum aims to:

Provide a broad and balanced education for all pupils that is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulative knowledge for skills and future learning and employment.

Enable pupils to develop knowledge, understand concepts and acquire skills, and be able to choose and apply these in relevant situations.

Support pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Support pupils’ physical development and responsibility for their own health and enabling them to be active.

Promote a positive attitude towards learning.

Ensure equal access to learning for all pupils, with high expectations for every pupil and appropriate levels of challenge and support.

Have a high academic/vocational/ technical ambition for all pupils that considers age, aptitude and needs of ALL pupils.

Equip pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.

Provide subject choices that support pupils’ learning and progression, enabling them to work towards achieving their goals.

Provide a broad curriculum prioritising the personal interests and needs of pupils.

Develop pupils’ independent learning skills and resilience, to equip them for further/higher education and employment.

Additional aspects of the curriculum will be the inclusion of emotional control and regulation, interpersonal problem-solving components and counselling and mentoring sessions where appropriate. THRIVE and sensory therapy concepts will be utilised where required and a wide range of support is available for pupils to enable them to manage their anxieties and develop skills to express their feelings constructively. These approaches, coupled with partnerships with a wide range of agencies such as the police, children’s services and other therapy organisations, help provide social, emotional, educational and practical support for pupils and their families. These aspects will be overseen by our pastoral care leader.

Individuality and flexibility:

The design and implementation of Strive’s curriculum is focused on meeting the very individual needs of the young people, families and schools. These needs are varying and often complex and challenging, where the idea of a settled educational framework and environment is increasingly hard to achieve. Strive understands these challenges and complexities and works hard to make sure that all pupils are treated as individuals and as a result, the curriculum design and level of support may alter to meet the needs and interests of such individuality.

The curriculum, including design and implementation, is adaptable based on the following needs:

Intended outcomes for origin schools and how Strive fits into these.

How many days pupils attend. Pupils may only attend part time to ensure that curriculum and provision is most suited for the pupil’s or origin school needs.

SEMH, SEND, EHCP needs or any other barriers to learning.

A full detailed and comprehensive assessment and discussion process will take place with all potential pupils, along with valuable input from family, school and any professional services. This will ensure Strive offers the best solution for the young person.

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