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29/03/21

Student home testing kits have been issued today for twice-weekly testing. It's vital that tests continue over the holiday and results are logged. Thank you. Details at https://t.co/ATB9O4RMxP https://t.co/Zt2zRPgoQH

26/03/21

21 boys from Year 10 voluntarily came in early for extra this morning. They’re not letting a lockdown slow their learning! Great effort from Mr Gayle and our boys. https://t.co/FHHnRqx5BT

25/03/21

Comments like this really make our day🙂 "Your parent communication is outstanding. You take time out of your busy days even if it’s just to say he’s doing well. This is of huge benefit. Thnk you all for your hard work and the support you’ve given my son." https://t.co/GhUIZXfABm

25/03/21

Thank you to everyone who attended our online event on Tues. And for the feedback! "As parents, your enthusiasm and the school's approach this week is really appreciated and it is encouraging that both the Yr 7 Head and Principal found time to participate." :-) https://t.co/zbRRnUBUG7

25/03/21

Retweetd From Strengthening Minds

Brilliant feedback from today’s session with the boys as part of our Positive Communication programme. Today we explored the meaning of success and the characteristics of successful people. Excellent behaviour, great conversation and fantastic learning. 💪 https://t.co/dqTnlWBtpB

24/03/21

Boys in Yrs 7-10 have sessions in class today, to tie in with World Awareness Week. We've put up posters around the school, to highlight and celebrate both the challenges and strengths that autism can bring. Find out more at https://t.co/nNtWS1ZA2E https://t.co/URIQjgn5rs

22/03/21

We're holding awareness events this week, to tie in with World Autism Awareness Week, and highlight and celebrate both the challenges and strengths that autism can bring. Find out what's happening https://t.co/TicIaM6GMS https://t.co/lku5RyRc3B

19/03/21

No better way of being global citizens than by having from all over the world to learn with. This week we received responses from Longman Memorial Prep School in The Gambia and our students couldn't believe they wrote back! https://t.co/zuh3wPgN2B

17/03/21

We're holding autism awareness events at our school in March to mark . Find out more about what's happening. https://t.co/ELSutU2Ny3

16/03/21

Vocabulary matters at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich – https://t.co/bWpzHvMqyA

16/03/21

Students have been exploring how the world of work is evolving. In a survey they voted for the following as the top three skills they will need: creativity and problem solving; teamwork; and the ability to adapt and learn new skills. https://t.co/VIecQjNLb1

16/03/21

No problem, there's lot of detail about our careers programme on this page of our website https://t.co/MuacggGQHy

15/03/21

Hi there, during PHSE lessons we collated ideas on the key skills etc and then followed up with a Microsoft Forms questionnaire which students completed afterwards

15/03/21

For , our boys explored different options that they can pursue after finishing school. We did a quick survey and most students expect to go on to university (76%) and a growing proportion are considering an apprenticeship (24%). https://t.co/VIecQjNLb1 https://t.co/9CFderbLy1

15/03/21

Several of our boys were pictured in the last week in an article about students returning to school. It's been such a pleasure welcoming them back! https://t.co/3kils9W3Na

12/03/21

The March edition of our student periodical, The Whole Shebang, is out now. This issue is on the theme of - with articles and poems by students in Year 9. In partnership with . Download your copy at https://t.co/5GRvsFc7Pw https://t.co/6oxTKNIAv6

09/03/21

Student wellbeing will be on your minds this week with students returning to school. Click on the link below to read Bedrock's tips on supporting student wellbeing and learning at the same time. https://t.co/PB3eHPLto6

04/03/21

Vocabulary matters at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich – https://t.co/SdjsOP6enH

04/03/21

Boys have been finding out about different universities through the university webinar series. Full details of future webinars at https://t.co/5SyeY2OYm1

04/03/21

For our boys are learning about virtual work experience opportunities through . https://t.co/5jGyPfYaAE

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Curriculum Overview

Education is the key to social mobility. It does not matter where you come from, you have the same right as anyone to an outstanding quality of education. Our curriculum at Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich is outstanding for our boys and changes the lives of the students we teach.

We have created a broad, balanced and rigorous curriculum which allows all students, through outstanding teaching and learning, to achieve excellent academic outcomes and to become active citizens in our society. For further information about the curriculum please contact Chris Brett on c.brett@harrisdulwichboys.org.uk or 0208 299 5300.

Our curriculum has the EBacc at its core and provides students with the chance to develop and experiment using the full range of National Curriculum subjects, and beyond, in a full three-year Key Stage 3 programme. Our curriculum focuses on students acquiring knowledge and developing skills in stimulating and innovative lessons which are planned with the students' contextual understanding at their heart. This philosophy and the focus on both academic outcomes and personal development provides the students with the 'Master Key' to their future – opening any doors they will come across.

This page contains an overview of the curriculum for each Key Stage. Details of the curriculum for each subject can be viewed on the Subjects pages. Our curriculum policy can be downloaded from the Teaching and Learning page.


Our Recovery Curriculum - Covid-19

The Recovery Curriculum is our attempt to bridge the gap in learning which took place as a result of Covid-19. It encompasses changes in the overall academy curriculum, subject-specific development, assessment and pastoral support.

We passionately believe that adapting what we are doing this year is best for the students we serve. All the measures put in place form vital parts of the process of recovery for them.

Recovery

As you look at our website further you will see that much of our curriculum offer reflects what we would normally do in a world without Covid-19. We still intend to do this in the long term but any changes that have been made have been done so to benefit students now.

Click HERE to read full details of our recovery curriculum.

Our Recovery Curriculum has been designed with close links to the Education Endowment Foundation and their support guide for schools reopening after COVID-19.

Our overall curriculum Intent has not changed – we want to give our students the ‘Master Key’ to their futures by achieving outstanding academic outcomes and making them Active Citizens in our society. If you have any further questions please contact Vice Principal Chris Brett C.Brett@harrisdulwichboys.org.uk


Key Stage 3 - Years 7-9

We believe Key Stage 3 is the perfect opportunity for students to experience as many different subjects as possible, whilst maintaining a focus on our core curriculum and their learning of the basics. We operate a three-year KS3 programme of study which gives students lots of opportunity to challenge themselves. This table shows the subjects we currently offer at Key Stage 3:

Subject

Hours

English

4

Maths

4

Science

3

MFL (Spanish)

2

Physical Education

2

History

2

Geography

2

Religious Studies

1

ICT and Computing

1

Design Technology

1

Art

1

Music

1

Performing Arts

1

Total Hours

25

This Key Stage 3 curriculum covers the entire National Curriculum and beyond with the inclusion of a Performing Arts course.

Citizenship is taught across the curriculum through a segmented approach from our PSHE, assemblies and Renaissance Days. It is also embedded throughout every subject with our focus on developing Active Citizens, and especially in Religious Studies where the Year 9 curriculum tackles some of the key issues around human rights and justice for example.

The Key Stage 3 core curriculum has evolved a lot but kept its fundamental values. We try to expose students to as many different subjects as possible so that they are well-informed to choose their options. It provides the building blocks of learning for these subjects and, while it is inextricably linked to developing the knowledge, skills and understanding required for Key Stage 4, it is stepping stone - part of a learning journey that students take with us. We believe it should be fun, challenging and, most of all, broad. Find out more about Key Stage 3.


Key Stage 4 - Years 10-11

At Key Stage 4, students have chosen certain subjects to continue to GCSE level, alongside their core subjects. At HBAED all students complete the following courses:

  • GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE English Language
  • GCSE Maths
  • GCSE Science (Trilogy Combined Science)
  • GCSE History and/or Geography
  • BTEC Sport
  • GCSE Spanish (Currently roughly 70% entry and 90% by 2020)

We are passionate that all students should have access to rigorous core subjects. As our curriculum develops, we constantly evolve the range of subjects we offer our students. Currently they will choose one subject from the following options blocks:

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

GCSE History

GCSE Geography

GCSE Triple Science

GCSE Business Studies

GCSE Citizenship

GCSE Art

BTEC Performing Arts

BTEC Digital Information Technology

BTEC Enterprise

BTEC Travel and Tourism

GCSE Art

GCSE Music

GCSE History

GCSE Religious Studies

GCSE Design Technology

BTEC Performing Arts

BTEC Digital Information Technology

BTEC Enterprise

 

These options allow students to choose their own pathway. Choices are made after a personalised meeting with a member with the academy leadership team and students are encouraged to take subjects they enjoy, keeping their options open for the future.

We believe that as many students as possible should face the academic rigour of studying a humanities subject. These subjects are also crucial for developing the personal skills and wider understanding of the world we want our students to gain. They are some of the most powerful subjects for building active citizens it is a huge opportunity for the students to study them. Therefore, we enter all our students to a Humanities option.

All our courses are carefully selected to ensure they are fully accredited and count in the DFE performance tables as well as offering a rigorous and challenging, yet appropriate course. Find out more about Key Stage 4.


Key Stage 5 - Years 12-13

At Key Stage 5 we are part of the highly successful Harris Federation Sixth Form with over 100 students studying at Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich.


Nurturing support

We know that some students struggle to access the broad curriculum we offer so we ensure they are given a specific programme, allowing us to give them the appropriate guidance they need. We are proud that our academy welcomes students of all previous abilities and we passionately believe that previous learning should not be a barrier to the future. Teachers leading this class are excellent Quality First Teachers, supported by a great SEN team of teaching assistants and other professionals.

In Key Stage 3 this small group (less than 10% of a Year group) follow a similar curriculum to their peers, with the exception of MFL. Students in this class have extra English and Maths support as well as having opportunities to explore other creative subjects. They are never denied entry to MFL and many complete this through community languages or we facilitate their involvement, in consultation with parents if appropriate.

In Key Stage 4 this small group again follow a very similar curriculum, having the chance to choose options with all other students. 

All students within these groups are regularly reviewed and changes made where appropriate.


Co-curriculum

Our curriculum is not just about the academic subjects students study. We believe the co-curriculum is essential in shaping our students into active citizens. This means they will:

  • understand Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural ideas about the world we live in
  • embrace fundamental British values
  • wanting to make a difference and have a say through democracy
  • care about the local community and want to give something back
  • take responsibility for their actions
  • believe in and championing equality and diversity
  • understand our rights - freedom of speech, press and religion
  • know the nature of justice in the UK

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is delivered through a combination of the tutorial programme, the assembly programme and also through the academy's 'Renaissance Days' which run during the course of each year.

Careers education, so vitally important for our young people today, is also taught through ‘Renaissance Days’ and the assembly programme. This includes guest presentations from our staff on their former careers - a very popular part of the programme making use of the vast career experience we have within the academy. In addition, students in Year 7-9 receive specific careers-based lessons during form time.  Finally, we employ a careers advisor to work closely with our Year 11 students at this vital time in their educational journey.

Our SMSC curriculum includes a focus on fundamental British values. The Creative Horizons weeks we set aside to giving students cultural opportunities including a range of trips and special guest visitors further helps us broaden the minds of our young students.