Our KS4 programme is aimed specifically, at students who are more sensitive and find the large mainstream environment too challenging to cope with, causing undue stress and anxiety.
The programme itself targets two aspects, the first being academic needs, which focus on core GCSEs needed for the future, these being:
- AQA English Language
- AQA English Literature (An inspector Calls, Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol, Power and Conflict Anthology)
- AQA Mathematics
- AQA Biology
The second aspect focuses on welfare, wellbeing and building soft skills needed for success in the future. Dedicated lessons such as: Art; Team building; Self & Others; Warm up, all help to install confidence, self esteem, and confidence, which are fundamental components to health and wellbeing. Students will also focus on an ‘area’ each term with relation to how certain conditions impact their ability to perform: how does their breathing change if put on the spot; do they notice muscle tension when answering questions they are not sure of? By doing this students are opened up to themselves and can start to understand and deal with obstacles in different situations.
Our classes are small to cater for the needs of our students and help maximise success, both teachers and teaching assistants are available and we practise a soft, caring environment away from the large classroom environment where some students can be lost or become left behind in. Being a small scale provision, we cannot afford disruption and chaos, which is why this programme is not for your typical ‘naughty’ students who don’t want to learn, or go out of their way to gain attention.
As part of this programme, we have a mandatory 5 sessions of counselling when students start to make sure that everything is where it should be emotionally, after the mandatory sessions, there may be an option to continue if nessessary. Irrespective of the counselling, we can still offer somebody experienced for students to talk to if needed throughout the course, and we have a trained counsellor as one of our teachers.
GCSE English Language
OverviewLearners will draw upon a range of material/texts as reading stimulus and engage with creative, as well as real and relevant contexts. The study aims to give opportunities to develop foundation or higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes.
How it is assessed?
GCSEs are assessed via two written examinations, each accounting for 50% of the mark.
Spoken language is assesses via work set and marked by the teacher throughout the course. Functional Skills are assessed online.
GCSE English Literature
OverviewThis course aims to develop knowledge and skills in reading, writing and critical thinking. Also, it aims to encourage to read widely for pleasure, and as a preparation for studying literature at a higher level.
How it is assessed?
The course is assessed by two exam papers at the end of the year.
OverviewStudying mathematics will develop key skills such as essential numeracy, problem-solving, logical thinking and communication among others, which will give preparation needed for either further study or employment.
Study may include following topics, number, algebra, ratio, proportions & rates of change, geometry, probability and statistics (combined)
How it is assessed?Assessment is via three examination papers at the end of the year.
Overview of the qualificationBiology is the natural science that studies living organisms and their structure. Studying this course will develop scientific and analytical skills
- Cell biology
- Infection and response
- Homeostasis and response
- Inheritance, variation and evolution
- Key ideas
How it is assessed
Assessment is via examination (two papers) at the end of the year.
At the moment, our education programme offers 4 of the 8 ‘bucket’ slots of attainment/progress 8 with:
- English Language
- English Literature
- Science: Biology
Students are offered two separate careers talks with a careers advisor and have the opportunity to attend a careers day event. We help year 11 students choose their next step and, work with them to apply so they do not become NEET.
Walk Tall's programme runs for three days a week. We work closely with referring schools, who provide education for the times that students aren't attending Walk Tall's provision, to ensure that subjects studied by students are suited to their individual needs and preferences.
Students will be entered by schools for GCSE examinations, and students have the option to sit their exams at our premises, if preferred (subject to mutual agreement).
Online and distanced learning
We are currently working on implementing full online GCSE courses for our core subjects which will allow students to work towards GCSE’s remotely and at their own pace.
In the wake of the 2019 COVID pandemic, a need was identified for education to be accessible away from a traditional setting. During this period Walk Tall used a mixture of Canvas learning management system and Zoom video conferencing to ensure our students were able to continue with their education with minimal impact.
Walk Tall hope to soon build on the success of this type of education experienced by putting together a package that will allow learners to towards GCSE’s independently, at their own pace, using online resources and tests, but with weekly guidance from an experienced tutor. By the end of the course students should be ready to sit a GCSE in their chosen subject.
Because we realise that the social skills and experiences are just as important as the academic side of learning, Walk Tall will also be offering afternoons of ‘face-to-face’ contact with other students undertaking the course, where social and soft skills can continue to be developed.