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Education & Training

  • 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.

    Academic

    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
    • NCFE Health and fitness*

    Wellbeing

    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

    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.

    Counselling

    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.

    GCSEPod

    We have partnered up with GCSEPod to ensure students are continuing to get the best support for lessons, both in and out of programme time. GCSEPod, ensure students have various learning options and also allow teachers to regulate own learning.

    *Health and fitness is a work in progress, and will be implemented onto the course as soon as possible.
  • Our Key Stage 5 programme is aims to provide a flexible programme of learning for 16 to 18 year olds (Years 12 and 13).

    The course has a focus on English and Maths (either GCSE or Functional Skills) along with a wide range of other study options in addition. These are listed below.


    Course Options

    • Overview of GCSE Mathematics (601/4608/4)

      Studying Mathematics will develop key skills such as problem-solving, logical thinking and communication among others, which will give preparation needed for either further study or employment.

      Students will need to take English and Maths if they do not currently have Level 4 or higher at GCSE.

      Course/Qualification content

      Students will study the following topics:

      • Number
      • Algebra
      • Ratio, proportions and rates of change
      • Geometry
      • Probability and statistics (combined)

      Entry requirements

      Students are not required to have taken any particular qualifications before taking this course.

      Students at Walk Tall will need to undertake a suitable employability award and a money management award as part of the programme. Students will need to take English and Maths if they do not currently have Level 4 or higher at GCSE.

      How it is assessed

      Assessment is via three examination papers at the end of the year.

      Progression

      Further study at Level 3, or with further training entry into a mathematical like accountancy, teacher etc.

    • Overview of GCSE English Language (601/4292/3)

      Students will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimulus and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. The course aims to give opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes. Students will need to take English and Maths if they do not currently have Level 4 or higher at GCSE.

      Course/Qualification content

      Students will study the following content as part of this GCSE:

      Critical reading and comprehension

      • critical reading and comprehension
      • summary and synthesis
      • evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, form, grammatical and structural features
      • comparing texts

      Writing

      • producing clear and coherent text
      • writing for impact

      Spoken language

      • presenting information and ideas
      • responding to spoken language
      • spoken Standard English

      Entry requirements

      There are no previous learning requirements. Candidates are not required to have taken any particular qualifications before taking this course. Students at Walk Tall will need to undertake a suitable employability award and a money management award as part of the programme. Students will need to take English and Maths if they do not currently have Level 4 or higher at GCSE.

      How it is assessed

      Assessment is 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.

      Progression

      The English Language GCSE is a requirement in many areas of further study at Level 3. The confident use of the English Language is also a valuable life skill, which will be useful in any field of employment. 

    • Overview of GCSE English Literature (601/4447/6)

      This 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.

      Course/Qualification content

      Students will study the following:

      Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel - Students will study one play by Shakespeare from a list of six set texts and also one 19th-century novel from a list of seven set texts.

      Modern texts and poetry - Students will study one from a set of twelve texts, which include post-1914 prose fiction and drama. Students will study one cluster of poems taken from the AQA poetry anthology, Poems Past and Present. The titles of the two clusters are:

      • Love and relationships
      • Power and conflict.

      Unseen poetry - In preparing for the unseen poetry section of the examination students should experience a wide range of poetry in order to develop their ability to closely analyse unseen poems.

      Skills - In studying the set texts students should have the opportunity to develop the following skills.

      • Reading comprehension and reading critically
      • Writing

      Entry requirements

      There are no previous learning requirements. Students are not required to have taken any particular qualifications before taking this course.

      Students at Walk Tall will need to undertake a suitable employability award and a money management award as part of the programme.

      How it is assessed

      The course is assessed by two exam papers at the end of the year.

      Progression

      Further study at Level 3, or with further training entry into a field that depends on the skills developed (media, teaching, publishing among others).

    • Overview of GCSE Biology (601/8752/9)

      Biology is the natural science that studies living organisms and their structure. Studying this course will develop scientific and analytical skills.

      Course/Qualification content

      The course covers the following areas of study:

      • Cell biology
      • Organisation
      • Infection and response
      • Bioenergetics
      • Homeostasis and response
      • Inheritance, variation and evolution
      • Ecology
      • Key ideas

      Entry requirements

      There are no previous learning requirements. Students at Walk Tall will need to undertake a suitable employability award and a money management award as part of the programme.

      How it is assessed

      Assessment is via examination (two papers) at the end of the year.

      Progression

      The course can provide preparation for further study at Level 3. With further training, could help enable access to science based careers in medicine, research or teaching.

    • Overview of Level 1 Award in Employability Skills (601/1713/8)

      This qualification helps learners to successfully engage in the job seeking process.

      Course/Qualification content

      Learners will study the following units:
      • Preparation for Work
      • Interview Skills
      • Maintaining Work Standards

      Entry requirements

      There are no specific entry requirements to study for this qualification. Students at Walk Tall will need to undertake a suitable employability award and a money management award as part of the programme.

      How it is assessed

      • Internal assessment of a portfolio of evidence, internal and external moderation

      Progression

      Learners who successfully complete these qualifications should have developed their skills and knowledge to help them understand about the world of work and seeking employment. Learners could continue onto the SEG Awards Certa Level 2 Award in Employability, further education and training in specific occupational areas to enhance their employment chances, or move into employment if appropriate.

    • Overview of Level 1 Certificate in Employability Skills (601/1714/X)

      This qualification helps learners to successfully engage in the job seeking process.

      Course/Qualification content

      Learners will study towards the following units on this course:

      • Preparation for Work
      • Interview Skills
      • Maintaining Work Standards
      • Health and Safety in the Workplace
      • Environmental Awareness of the Local Area
      • Exploring Job Opportunities
      • Developing Time Management
      • Planning and Reviewing Learning

      Entry requirements

      There are no specific entry requirements to study for this qualification. Students at Walk Tall will need to undertake a suitable employability award and a money management award as part of the programme.

      How it is assessed

      Internal assessment of a portfolio of evidence, internal and external moderation.

      Progression

      Learners who successfully complete these qualifications should have developed their skills and knowledge to help them understand about the world of work and seeking employment. Learners could continue onto further education/ training in specific occupational areas or employment.

    • Overview of Level 2 Award in Employability Skills (600/9282/8)

      A nationally recognised qualification helping learners to develop a range of employability skills, building self-confidence and motivation to seek, secure and sustain meaningful employment. It provides them with important skills, attributes, behaviours and values required to enter and succeed in the world of work.

      Course/Qualification content

      Learners will study a combination the following units:

      • Interview Skills
      • Learning from volunteering

      Entry requirements

      There are no specific entry requirements to study for this qualification. Students at Walk Tall will need to undertake a suitable employability award and a money management award as part of the programme.

      How it is assessed

      Internal assessment of a portfolio of evidence, internal and external moderation.

      Progression

      This qualification will support learners who need to develop employability skills in a relatively short space of time which may increase their prospects of gaining employment.

    • Overview of Entry Level 3 Award in Practical Horticulture Skills 600/7386/X

      This qualification offers important industry insight to help learners to make informed career decisions.

      Course/Qualification content

      Learners will complete this qualification with a concrete understanding of the following:

      • How to recognise parts of plants, including trees, shrubs, vegetables and fruits
      • Optional units include: Developing practical skills for maintaining plants, Plant flower bulbs for naturalisation or bedding, Prepare and plant an area, and more

      Entry requirements

      There are no specific entry requirements to study for this qualification. Students at Walk Tall will need to undertake a suitable employability award and a money management award as part of the programme.

      How it is assessed

      Internal assessment, internal and external moderation via a learner’s portfolio and other related evidence, against the unit outcomes and assessment criteria. All learners must complete a portfolio of evidence that shows achievement of all the relevant learning outcomes and assessment criteria

      Progression

      Learners could progress from Entry Level 2 to Level 1 and then onto a Level 2 qualification in horticulture.

    • Overview of Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture Skills (600/7388/3)

      This qualification provides a practical introduction to the horticulture sector to support engagement, participation, achievement and progression for learners at Entry Level and Level 1.

      Course/Qualification content

      It offers important industry insight to help learners to make informed career decisions. Learners will complete this qualification with a concrete understanding of the following:

      • How to prepare ground for sowing or planting under supervision
      • Optional units include: Sow seed outdoors in drills by hand, Planting and staking a tree, Show visitors around a wildlife area, and more

      Entry requirements

      There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. Students at Walk Tall will need to undertake a suitable employability award and a money management award as part of the programme.

      How it is assessed

      Internal assessment, internal and external moderation via a learner’s portfolio and other related evidence, against the unit outcomes and assessment criteria. All learners must complete a portfolio of evidence that shows achievement of all the relevant learning outcomes and assessment criteria

      Progression

      These qualifications sit within Foundation Learning and are suitable for learners pre and post 16 who are engaged in a personalised learning programme. Learners could progress from Entry Level 2 to Level 1 and then onto a Level 2 qualification in horticulture.

    • Overview of Level 1 Award in Personal Money Management (601/1748/5)

      This qualification teaches learners how to make informed money management choices by exploring the financial responsibilities of living independently, budgeting, personal banking, and borrowing.

      Course/Qualification content

      Learners will complete this qualification with a concrete understanding of personal money management, including the following:

      • how to identify costs associated with living,
      • different sources of income,
      • deductions from payslips,
      • and different forms of borrowing.

      Entry requirements

      There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. Students at Walk Tall will need to undertake a suitable employability award and a money management award as part of the programme.

      How it is assessed

      Internal assessment via learner portfolio, with internal and external moderation.

      Progression

      Learners who successfully complete this Level 1 Award could progress to other qualifications at the same or higher level in related subject areas.

    • Overview of Level 2 Award in Counselling Skills (600/1050/2)

      The Level 2 Award in Counselling skills enhances and improves verbal and written communication skills, promotes personal growth, and provides basic industry knowledge to prepare learners to progress onto appropriate further qualifications.

      Learners will complete this qualification with a comprehensive and full understanding of the following:

      • How to reflect on personal development and identify areas for future development
      • What core counselling skills are, including how to establish a helping relationship, and knowing how to conclude a helping interaction

      Course/Qualification content

      Learners will study the following areas:

      • CSL2U1 – Counselling Skills and Personal Development – In this unit learners will have an opportunity to reflect on their current and future personal development and identify potential sources of support.
      • CSL2U2 – Using Counselling Skills – In this unit learners will have an opportunity to develop counselling skills for use in helping relationships and learn to establish appropriate boundaries.

      Entry requirements

      No formal entry requirements but prospective learners should be aware, that the course involves experiential learning and self-awareness exercises, which will be demanding of the self in interaction with others.

      How it is assessed

      Internal assessment of a portfolio of evidence, internal and external moderation. Students at Walk Tall will need to undertake a suitable employability award and a money management award as part of the programme.

      Progression

      Successful completion can lead on to the Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and further study along the counselling pathway. For those who do not intend to continue their studies further in the field of counselling, the course can be a valuable introduction to skills transferable into a range of career and educational opportunities.

  • 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.

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