The Curriculum at Bedwas High School
At Bedwas High School we are committed to ensuring that all our pupils are able to develop the knowledge, skills and experiences that will prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and life beyond school. The curriculum is not just about the subjects that are offered, and the lessons and extra-curricular activities that our learners attend; it includes our approaches to teaching and learning and assessment; the quality of relationships within our school, and the values embodied in our daily lives – which includes ‘Caring and Achieving’.
From September 2022, we will be delivering the Curriculum for Wales (2022) to all learners in Year 7.
The National Curriculum will continue to be delivered to Year 8. Learners in Years 9, 10 and 11 will follow their GCSE curriculum, and learners in Years 12 and 13 will continue to study their A Levels.
Our aim is to offer a broad and balanced curriculum, accessible to all our learners, that develops the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes that will support them in becoming ambitious and capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives; healthy and confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as members of society; ethical and informed citizens of Wales and the World; and, enterprising and creative individuals, ready to play a full part in life and work.
The Curriculum for Wales, 2022
We have developed our curriculum in collaboration with our learners, practitioners, parents and carers and the wider community. We have sought advice and feedback and we have listened to the views of our learners in deciding what to include. We will continue to engage with all our stakeholders as we develop our curriculum beyond 2022.
Our curriculum is organised under 8 Faculty areas that cover all 6 Areas of Learning Experience:
Maths, Business and Information Technology (Maths and Numeracy)
English (Literacy, Languages and Communication)
Science (Science and Technology)
Health and Wellbeing
Languages (Literacy, Languages and Communication)
Technology (Science and Technology)
These areas are responsible for ensuring that every learner is supported to realise the four purposes of being:
Progression is at the heart of the Curriculum for Wales and has guided us in designing our curriculum and assessment within it. The interrelationship between the curriculum, assessment and pedagogy is key to supporting our learners to make meaningful progress in their learning. We have paid due regard to the principles of progression in designing our curriculum, ensuring that learners are able to progress from whatever stage of their development they are at. We are working closely with our cluster schools to ensure that we have a shared understanding of what progression is for our learners and to ensure that the curriculum, from ages 3 to 16, is best meeting the needs of all our learners.
Religious, Values and Ethics, and Relationships and Sexuality Education, and the three cross-curricular responsibilities of literacy, numeracy and digital competence, must be embedded, in the areas of learning and experience as appropriate.
As a school, we welcome the opportunities that the Curriculum for Wales can offer us to develop a curriculum that prepares our learners for the world beyond Bedwas High School. We will continue to review the curriculum and assessment regularly, and make the necessary modifications to implement any changes with the guidance of all our stakeholders and partners. We will continue to share with you how the curriculum evolves, but if you have any questions, please contact Ms G Steel (Deputy Headteacher) or Mr M Powell (Curriculum Development) at the school.
Further information for learners and parents and carers