The Curriculum for Excellence senior phase. The Senior Phase can be characterised as that which takes place in the final stages of compulsory education and beyond, normally around age 15 to 18.
The following options have been generated in East Lothian for consideration by senior managers, staff, students, parents, elected members, and other interested parties such as universities, employers and colleges of further education.
Over the next few months we will be consulting with the above groups to help us develop a policy document which will set out the broad direction of travel we intend to take in relation to the senior phase.
We would be interested in people’s top ten selection from the following 41 options.
I’ll be exploring some of these options in more depth over the next few weeks.
OPTIONS FOR THE SENIOR PHASE
Option 1. Students must be involved in the design of the senior phase curriculum/programme of studies.
Option 2. Evening lessons or distance learning must be available for some subjects
Option 3. All East Lothian students must have access to the Scottish Baccalaureate.
Option 4. All students in a school’s senior phase should be regarded as a single group and timetabled accordingly.
Option 5. students should be able to integrate day-time employment, work experience, internships, etc, with their studies.
Option 6. East Lothian students should be able to access Advanced Higher courses on offer at any East Lothian school.
Option 7. Students should be exposed to some large lecture group presentations – to reflect what they will experience in HE.
Option 8. Students need only be present for classes – reflecting HE and FE practice
Option 9. Local employers must be invited to be involved in the design of the senior phase curriculum/programme of studies.
Option 10. Students should have a free choice of subjects from the full range, with no subject column restrictions.
Option 11. Students should have the opportunity to spend at least one day a week at FE or Queen Margaret University.
Option 12. Schools should publish the individual SQCF points total of the top 30% of each year group in the senior phase
Option 13. Every student in the senior phase should have an annual 30 minute appointment with a health counsellor.
Option 14. All teaching should take place in 2 hour sessions.
Option 15. Some students should be sponsored by local companies – particularly looked after or accommodated.
Option 16. Register classes or year group tutor groups should be replaced by intergenerational groupings in the senior phase
Option 17. Peer group assessment system should be introduced to complement reporting and assessment . see http://www.numyspace.co.uk/~unn_evdw3/skills/2010/papers/group2.pdf
Option 18. All students should have opportunity to take part in an annual outdoor expedition
Option 19. The 13th year of school should be treated as a transition year to employment, further, or higher education.
Option 20. Parenting classes and active engagement with early years groups should be compulsory for all students.
Option 21. Students should have access to previous achievement data for each course of study, prior to subject choice.
Option 22. Some teachers should be ascribed to solely teach the senior phase in any one year.
Option 23. 10% of the courses offered by a school should be drawn from the HN qualifications catalogue http://t.co/piLOGif
Option 24. Senior Students (S4 – S6) will be “matriculated” into the EL Learning Campus including all schools, FE + QMU
Option 25. All students will be assisted to set up their own bank account with regular sessions on financial management.
Option 26. Schools should be able to present information on the delivery/running costs for each senior phase subject.
Option 27. Every class to have a “mentor link” – a person from the community who has/had related employment in that area.
Option 28. All students to experience one day in an old people’s home; an early years class, and a complex needs
Option 29. Establish a micro investment fund for student application – something like this – http://t.co/Nlwl3GH
Option 30. Organise EL student conferences for subject interest groups to encourage networking and intellectual curiosity.
Option 31. EL should enable up to 10 students per school to study abroad for their final year on an international exchange.
Option 32. Some teachers in East Lothian to be dedicated to working with senior phase students across a number of schools
Option 33. East Lothian to establish strategic senior phase partnerships with education districts in other countries
Option 34. Support students to set up a Facebook page for every senior phase course of study. Tie up with twitter accounts.
Option 35. Support/encourage students to create on-line tutorials for fellow students across all schools.
Option 36. Replace paper textbooks with downloadable textbooks – http://t.co/8nswuZZ
Option 37. No parent/teacher meetings in senior phase – replace with student/teacher review meetings – parents can shadow.
Option 38. Additional support for parents/carers of looked after children about home learning, next steps, and leaving home.
Option 39. Students to be made aware of the delivery costs for each of their courses of study, and total sum for entire year
Option 40. Wednesday afternoons given over to sporting, cultural, recreational, interest activities for staff and students.
Option 41. Students to rate each course of study on completion e.g. on-line support, teaching, learner involvement, interest