The Curriculum at SRIS
At Sear Rogers International School we follow the British National Curriculum, leading to IGCSE & A level qualifications. As well as preparing students for university study, our students are equally equipped with skills that enable them to take alternative post-16 routes into further education, vocational placements & courses in HK or overseas, as well as apprenticeships or entry level employment.
The central aim of our curriculum is to provide students with a thorough grounding in all core subjects, whilst allowing them to select subjects of interest at Key Stage 4 (Years 10, 11), and at A level.
What makes our curriculum at SRIS stand out is the way we merge the strength of the British National Curriculum with a cutting edge policy and framework from the UK called:
‘Every Child Matters’
This working policy identifies 5 Key Areas of a child’s development which we then link to specific subject areas, as a way to link the subject to an area of development (see below). This ‘whole-care, whole-child’ approach enables us ensure that students at our school have their needs met in a way that doesn’t segregate the learning process from the other equally important aspects of their developmental process.
The areas outcomes are for students to:
Be Healthy – Be physically healthy (Science/PSHE/Citizenship); know how to make good lifestyle choices (PSHE, Careers Guidance/Portfolio, have access to outside agencies via weekly presentations/assembly; have drug awareness (Government Drug Advisor Service, Charity Fundraising – Operation Dawn – a local rehabilitation service for former drug addicts.
Stay Safe – From Neglect (School Counsellor, Social Services, other agencies); from crime (Sgt. Tang – School Police Liaison Officer); from bullying & Discrimination (Sgt Tang – School management/daily school policy).
Enjoy and Achieve – Be ready for school, (Home School Agreement, – regular parental interviews if there are concerns); to actively participate in ones own personal & social development (extra curricula activities, positive teacher/student pastoral support network, regular information sharing sessions/meetings between staff); achieve educational standards comparable with other schools using the British National Curriculum (Levels of Achievement’ – in line with KS3 & KS4 national standards); attending and enjoying school (successful integration & inclusion of students with track records of non-attendance (regular pastoral support from Form Tutors, Pastoral Officer, Head teacher etc, Student Councellor).
Make a Positive Contribution – Support the community and environment (Integrating subject content with ‘real-life’ educational experiences – attending history museums, participating in environmental projects, charity work & community Service, and business enterprise initiatives.
Achieve Economic Well-being – Aim for continued achievement in further education, in consultation with teachers & head teacher; to live in decent homes (sign post students experiencing difficulties to the right services); access to transport and material goods (to understand the different ways of life and predicaments of people around the world – Geography/History/etc.); live in households free from low income (parental concerns reported/& supported if necessary in conjunction with outside agencies).
These target areas of development are at the heart of what we do at SRIS, which is to provide a first rate education system that is innovative, inclusive and moving with the times for the benefit of developing children, in all areas of their lives, in and beyond the classroom.
The Aims of the Curriculum
Our curriculum seeks to give students opportunities to:
- foster a life-long love of learning
- create healthy individuals with the ability to communicate the right type of attitudes, understanding and skills necessary to play an active and positive part in their local communities as well as in a global context
- think critically, act rationally, & to find balance in expressing that in all spheres of life
- apply understanding and problem solving skills in their academic work and in their day to day life experience
- develop personal values that equip them to become socially and culturally literate citizens who care about people, rich and varied ways of life, and the environment in the context of the challenges we face in the 21st century
- work creatively, both independently and with others
The quality of learning activities must reflect these aims. We look to:
- provide experiences which promote active and purposeful learning;
- enable understanding and skills to be applied to issues, problems and practical tasks;
- raise students’ expectations, encourage participation and increase self-awareness and self-confidence and independence;
- allow individual students to progress at a pace which provides both challenge and support;
- give opportunities for students to work together, be well managed and supported by appropriate resources;
- encourage students to see their own personal development and transformation as a normal and expected part of everyday life
- provide a ‘whole-care’ learning environment where dedicated teachers share the learning process as part of a positive relationship based on making progress.
- emphasise the need for a constructive response from teachers to their students work;
- aim to ensure continuity between different learning activities, between the work done by different teachers, between the School and its feeder primaries and at other stages of transfer and transition;
- encourage students to take increasing responsibility for reviewing their own progress and determining new goals for themselves;
- provide full information to parents and, when appropriate, to those concerned with selection for further education, training or employment.
MEETING STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS FOR CURRICULUM PROVISION
The School aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets all statutory requirements enriched by a wide range of additional opportunities for learning and personal development.
In accordance with the requirements of the Educational Reform Act 1988 as amended by subsequent Acts SRIS provides students aged between 11 and 16 with a basic curriculum (i.e. the National Curriculum plus ‘Every Child Matters’ framework) that:
- is balanced and broadly based;
- promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural and physical development of all its students;
- prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities of adult life;
- that promotes healthy ‘Whole-Personhood’ and awareness (internally and externally) in light of others, culture and society in a local & global context.