Key Stage 3 is studied in Year 7 and 8 with students moving on to start GCSE courses in Year 9 (KS4).

Levels achieved by students are tracked five times in each year and Hubs and Achievement Coordinators use this information to put additional support in place to ensure that each child makes the progress expected of them.

We carry out a course evaluation each year, asking students about their learning at Key Stage 3. The results have shown that we are providing a challenging, enjoyable and appropriate curriculum for our students and we are constantly seeking ways to improve this.

We believe effective teaching is underpinned by the DTT (Diagnosis – Therapy – Testing) process.

Diagnosis- the teacher finds out what the students already know or can do e.g. questions, test.
Therapy – the teacher designs specific tasks to ensure students are supported and challenged to make progress.
Testing – the students’ work is assessed to ensure they have ‘mastered’ the skill or knowledge.

Students need to know for each unit or lesson what they are expected to know or be able to do. To support this process students will have:

  • a course calendar for each subject to show what they are studying and when
  • a Personal Learning Checklist (PLC) to show how well they are ‘mastering’ each skill in each subject.

Examples of these can be found with the subject information.

the key stage 3 curriculum

YEAR 7

YEAR 8