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Case studies

These case studies illustrate how different schools have interpreted the curriculum within the context of their own setting and to meet the needs of their learners. They show learners and teachers trying out ideas and sharing their experiences and insights. All the schools involved organised their own learning activities and undertook appropriate checks to meet health and safety requirements.

A female key stage 3 pupil smiling as she uses a computer in computer suite


A dramatic approach to ICT

Applying their ICT skills to a school play has proved popular with pupils and resulted in some creative outcomes.

Tags: ICT,KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Self-managers,Creativity and critical thinking

A key stage 3 pupil rests his chin on his hand and appears thoughtful

An innovative approach to active citizenship

Ingenious use of time and innovative approaches to teaching and learning are giving pupils new opportunities for active citizenship.

Tags: Citizenship,KS3,Responsible citizens,Successful learners,PLTS,Effective participators,Independent enquirers,Self-managers,Team workers,Personal development,Make a positive contribution

two male key stage 4 pupils in a science lab wearing safety goggles

Science in an international light

Investigating scientific discoveries from an international perspective has developed pupils’ cultural understanding.

Tags: Science,KS3,Identity and cultural diversity

Key stage 3 pupils have a lively discussion

Engaging with identity and cultural diversity

Staff at Bishop’s Hatfield Girls' School wanted to do more to enable learners to counter the negative views about cultural diverisity that they were hearing from some members of the local community.

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Tags: Citizenship,KS3,KS4,Identity and cultural diversity,Community cohesion,Making links with other subjects

a key stage 3 pupil enjoying written work

Self-assessment supported by the PLTS framework

At Broughton Hall School a student-owned assessment model helps pupils recognise their achievements and make progress.

Tags: KS3,PLTS,Team workers,Personal development,Enjoy and achieve,Creativity and critical thinking

girl in goggles

Engaging electronics

Giving pupils an appealing, relevant brief can make all the difference to their engagement with systems and control.

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Tags: Design and technology,KS3,PLTS,Independent enquirers,Reflective learners,Self-managers

a class in dhol drumming held in a school a gymnasium

Inclusive, international and outward looking

Notre Dame High School in Norwich has used a range of approaches to develop its learners' understanding of cultural diversity and encourage them to be more outward looking.

Tags: KS3,KS4,Global dimension and sustainability,Identity and cultural diversity

a female key stage 4 student using a digital camera outdoors

Bringing language learning to life

An e-learning project with a school in Spain has given pupils a real reason to learn languages.

Tags: Modern foreign languages,KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Identity and cultural diversity

A teacher points to a resource on a table whilst two key stage 3 pupils look on

A scheme of historical themes

Can taking a thematic approach at key stage 3 improve pupils' grasps of key concepts such as chronology, continuity and change?

Tags: History,KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Independent enquirers,Curriculum planning,Personalisation

A female key stage 3 pupil analyses data using a calculator

A global perspective on diet and health

A project involving schools around the world has given pupils the opportunity to explore diet and health from a global perspective.

Tags: Science,KS3,Personal development,Be healthy,Global dimension and sustainability,Healthy lifestyles

a science experiment

Inspired engineering

A cross-subject engineering project has helped pupils transfer knowledge and skills between different subjects.

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Tags: Design and technology,Geography,Mathematics,Science,KS3,Responsible citizens,Successful learners,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Self-managers,Team workers,Personal development,Enjoy and achieve,Creativity and critical thinking,Enterprise,Global dimension and sustainability

Two key stage 3 pupils preparing cooking ingredients together

Creativity and healthy eating

Being given free rein to experiment with ingredients has nurtured pupils' creativity and raised their awareness of healthy eating.

Tags: Design and technology,KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Personal development,Be healthy,Creativity and critical thinking,Healthy lifestyles

pupil draws a nature pattern on paper with coloured pencil

Creating an enterprise pathway

How can you modify the key stage 3 art and design curriculum to reflect a particular specialism – in this case, business and enterprise?

Tags: Art and design,KS3,PLTS,Team workers,Enterprise,Curriculum planning

a key stage 3 pupil enjoying written work

Self-assessment supported by the PLTS framework

At Broughton Hall School a student-owned assessment model helps pupils recognise their achievements and make progress.

Tags: KS3,PLTS,Team workers,Personal development,Enjoy and achieve,Creativity and critical thinking

girl with headphones on

Community broadcasting

Giving pupils a platform for dialogue can help them to develop as critical thinkers, active citizens and effective advocates.

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Tags: Citizenship,ICT,KS3,Responsible citizens,PLTS,Effective participators,Independent enquirers,Personal development,Make a positive contribution,Community participation

Boy reading

Inspiring economic understanding

How can pupils’ economic understanding and financial capability be developed through the study of social and environmental issues?

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Tags: Economic wellbeing and financial capability,Personal, social, health and economic education,KS3,Personal development,Achieve economic well-being

girl listening

Cultural understanding through poetry

At Whitstone School studying Ghanaian poems has increased pupils' cultural understanding and fired their enthusiasm for poetry.

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Tags: English,KS3,Responsible citizens,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Creativity and critical thinking,Global dimension and sustainability,Identity and cultural diversity

Two female key stage 3 pupils point to information in workbook

Getting personal with RE

Relating learning about faith to everyday life has helped pupils to engage with diversity.

Tags: Religious education,KS3,Confident individuals,Responsible citizens,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Personal development,Moral development,Identity and cultural diversity

girl in goggles

Engaging electronics

Giving pupils an appealing, relevant brief can make all the difference to their engagement with systems and control.

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Tags: Design and technology,KS3,PLTS,Independent enquirers,Reflective learners,Self-managers

key stage 3 pupil raises her hand in class

Getting passionate about history, in French

Combining MFL with history through the medium of film has engaged pupils and developed their linguistic competence.

Tags: History,Modern foreign languages,KS3,Global dimension and sustainability,Identity and cultural diversity

a class in dhol drumming held in a school a gymnasium

Inclusive, international and outward looking

Notre Dame High School in Norwich has used a range of approaches to develop its learners' understanding of cultural diversity and encourage them to be more outward looking.

Tags: KS3,KS4,Global dimension and sustainability,Identity and cultural diversity

a female key stage 4 student using a digital camera outdoors

Bringing language learning to life

An e-learning project with a school in Spain has given pupils a real reason to learn languages.

Tags: Modern foreign languages,KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Identity and cultural diversity

two male key stage 3 pupils play a duet on a piano in a music practice room

Personalised learning breathes life into music

Taking a risk and allowing informal learning with its unstructured outcomes into the music curriculum has had remarkable effects on pupils’ enthusiasm and will to learn.

Tags: Music,KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Self-managers,Team workers,Personal development,Enjoy and achieve

A teacher looks at a female key stage 3 pupil's work on a computer screen

Cutting exclusions through personalisation

How has Coventry local authority achieved a dramatic reduction in the number of learners being permanently excluded?

Tags: KS3,KS4

Pupils making patterns

Creativity through algebra

How did a trip to Rome inspire a hands-on approach to algebra?

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Tags: Mathematics,KS3,Successful learners,PLTS,Creative thinkers

one key stage 3 pupil interviews another pupil with a microphone. Another pupil films this whilst a fourth pupil listens on headphones

Linking geography, history and drama

Changing the timetable has enabled geography, history and drama teachers to embark on innovative work together.

Tags: English,Geography,History,KS3,Successful learners,PLTS,Independent enquirers,Self-managers,Team workers

A teacher points to a resource on a table whilst two key stage 3 pupils look on

A scheme of historical themes

Can taking a thematic approach at key stage 3 improve pupils' grasps of key concepts such as chronology, continuity and change?

Tags: History,KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Independent enquirers,Curriculum planning,Personalisation

A female key stage 3 pupil analyses data using a calculator

A global perspective on diet and health

A project involving schools around the world has given pupils the opportunity to explore diet and health from a global perspective.

Tags: Science,KS3,Personal development,Be healthy,Global dimension and sustainability,Healthy lifestyles

A pupil works on a mathematical problem

Using mathematics to solve problems

Solving open-ended real-life problems has required pupils at Westhoughton High School to use analytical and reasoning skills in situations where there is no one right answer. 

Tags: Mathematics,KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Independent enquirers,Team workers

bird's eye view of a key stage 3 pupil using a computer

Being safe and responsible online

Concerns about pupils using messaging applications and viewing inappropriate materials prompted a school to focus on safe and responsible ICT use.

Tags: ICT,Personal wellbeing,Personal, social, health and economic education,KS3,Responsible citizens,Personal development,Stay safe,Technology and the media

Key stage 3 pupils skate together on inline skates

The huff and puff scheme

Restructured break times and supervised activities help pupils at Abbey Park Middle School to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.

Tags: Personal wellbeing,Physical education,KS3,Personal development,Be healthy,Every child matters,Healthy lifestyles

key stage 3 pupils sit together discussing whilst one transcribes

Action through facilitation

How can training pupils as facilitators develop them as active citizens and confident learners?

Tags: Citizenship,KS3,Confident individuals,Responsible citizens,PLTS,Effective participators,Team workers,Personal development,Make a positive contribution,Community participation

key stage 4 pupil listening to headphones and smiling

An active approach to listening

Scripting and recording dialogue using multimedia players has transformed the way pupils think about listening activities.

Tags: Modern foreign languages,KS3,Successful learners,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Team workers,Personal development,Enjoy and achieve

key stage 3 pupils and older teacher seated in a garden, examine a vegetable

Designing healthy food for a local context

Designing a healthy soup using seasonal produce has helped pupils to understand the relationship between design, lifestyle and choices.

Tags: Design and technology,KS3,Responsible citizens,Personal development,Be healthy,Moral development,Global dimension and sustainability,Healthy lifestyles

two female key stage 3 pupils sit at a desk smiling - one reads a piece of paper, the other writes

Bringing the world into school

Hornsey School is raising its pupils’ awareness of global issues by creating links with schools around the world and embedding global learning across the curriculum.

Tags: KS3,KS4,Personal development,Make a positive contribution,Global dimension and sustainability

female key stage 3 pupil swimming breaststroke

Motivation through coaching

Can putting pupils in charge of their own and others’ learning increase participation and raise achievement

Tags: Physical education,KS3,PLTS,Effective participators,Self-managers,Team workers,Personal development,Make a positive contribution

key stage 4 pupil in business wear

Enterprising English

Providing a real-life context for developing competence in speaking and listening and writing skills.

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Tags: English,KS3,Confident individuals,PLTS,Reflective learners,Self-managers

A student presents in class

Languages through culture

Languages work in year 9 has enabled pupils to use French or German to communicate about issues that are relevant to the world around them.

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Tags: Modern foreign languages,KS3,Successful learners,Identity and cultural diversity

two male key stage 3 pupils look up from their writing and smile

Chronological coherence

Creating a scheme of work based on themes across time periods has brought a new coherence to one school’s key stage 3 curriculum.

Tags: History,KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Curriculum planning

four key stage 3 pupils stand in a line and read aloud from books

Storytelling in French

Working within the familiar context of nursery rhymes, fables and fairytales has given pupils the courage to experiment with their use of language.

Tags: Modern foreign languages,KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Creativity and critical thinking,Identity and cultural diversity

key stage 4 students practising dance in school gymnasium

Learners lead the way in physical activity

Sacred Heart High School set its learners on the path to increased physical activity and a healthier lifestyle through a project led by year 10 students.

Tags: Personal wellbeing,Personal, social, health and economic education,Physical education,KS3,KS4,Personal development,Be healthy,Healthy lifestyles

Two South Bromsgrove students use a laptop outdoors

Personalisation and relevance

How can schools develop a whole-school approach to inclusion that enables all students to learn, thrive and achieve their full potential?

Tags: KS3,KS4

Boy smiling

Developing musical skills

Discovering what pupils really wanted to learn in music lessons and then delivering it has had far-reaching effects at one school.

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Tags: Music,KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Self-managers,Team workers,Personal development,Enjoy and achieve,Creativity and critical thinking

Key stage 3 pupil on climbing wall, viewed from below

Increasing participation in PE

Bordesley Green Girls’ School wanted to deal with the cultural challenges of getting Muslim girls involved in PE and school sport in order to increase participation and improve learners’ general fitness and health.

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Tags: Physical education,KS3,Personal development,Be healthy

Two pupils playing a game

Playing at mathematics

Baliol School, Sedbergh, draws on a wide range of activities beyond the classroom to support mathematics.

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Tags: Mathematics,PLTS,Creative thinkers

key stage 3 pupil carefully reads a worksheet

A new look at literacy

The flexibility of the new secondary curriculum is supporting an innovative approach to literacy at Fir Vale School in Sheffield. 

Tags: English,Functional skills,Functional English,Identity and cultural diversity

Key stage 3 pupil works with art materials

Success through personal, learning and thinking skills

A PLTS-focused curriculum at Top Valley School and Engineering College in Nottingham is engaging learners and helping them to become more independent and effective learners.

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Tags: KS3,PLTS,Effective participators,Independent enquirers,Reflective learners,Team workers,Curriculum planning

Key stage 4 pupil operating digital video camera in classroom

Controversy in the community

As a school in a community where organised racist groups are influential and active, Heanor Gate Science College was keen to raise learners’ awareness of racism locally.

Tags: Citizenship,KS4,Responsible citizens,Identity and cultural diversity

filming

Personal growth

How has Stoke Damerel Community College given its pupils the confidence to talk frankly about emotions, safe sex and relationhips?

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Tags: Personal wellbeing,Personal, social, health and economic education,KS3,Confident individuals,Personal development,Be healthy,Healthy lifestyles

Three key stage 4 pupils work on 'mind map'

Identity and cultural diversity

Prompted by concerns about racial tension in the local community, Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School is focusing strongly on celebrating cultural diversity, encouraging inclusion and involving the local community.

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Tags: Citizenship,KS3,KS4,Responsible citizens,Identity and cultural diversity

key stage 3 pupils with special educational needs listening and laughing

Writing for real audiences

Pupils with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties have benefited from taking part in a city-wide reading project.

Tags: English,KS3,Confident individuals,Successful learners,Personal development,Make a positive contribution,Creativity and critical thinking

three key stage 3 pupils sing into a recording studio microphone

Linking mathematics with other subjects

Using mathematics to solve problems in other subjects can have a positive effect on pupils’ learning in both areas.

Tags: Mathematics,KS3,Functional skills,Functional ICT,Functional Mathematics,Personal development,Achieve economic well-being,Enjoy and achieve,Enterprise

key stage 3 pupils work on a 'mind map'-like piece of work

Broadening learners’ horizons

Learners at The Leigh City Technology College are benefiting from a project that is encouraging them to learn about, investigate and act on global issues.

Tags: KS3,KS4,PLTS,Effective participators,Personal development,Make a positive contribution,Global dimension and sustainability

a key stage 4 student smiles as he uses electronic equipment, wearing safety goggles

Bringing electronics to life

An innovative electronics project that fosters creativity and independence has inspired and motivated pupils.

Tags: Design and technology,KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Independent enquirers,Self-managers,Personal development,Enjoy and achieve

boys climbing a wall

Confidence through leadership skills

Team-building activities have developed pupils’ leadership skills and given them the confidence to take responsibility.

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Tags: Mathematics,Physical education,KS3,Confident individuals,PLTS,Effective participators,Team workers

two key stage 3 girls doing written work

Planning for historical enquiry

How can the changes to the programme of study be used as the stimulus for a new approach to key stage 3 planning?

Tags: History,KS3,PLTS,Independent enquirers,Curriculum planning

teacher speaking with group of key stage 3 pupils sitting informally

Engaging pupils as historians

How can you use the new flexibility offered by the revised programme of study for history to design a curriculum that meets your pupils’ needs and interests?

Tags: History,KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Curriculum planning,Personalisation

key stage 3 pupils doing written work

Cultural diversity through history

Henry Compton School in Fulham, west London is a science specialist college, noted by Ofsted as having a ‘harmonious atmosphere’ where relationships are ‘built on mutual respect’.

Tags: History,KS3,Responsible citizens,Successful learners,Identity and cultural diversity

bird's eye view of male key stage 3 pupils helping each other with written work, with popular fiction novels sitting beside them

Cultural understanding: from Beowulf to Dr Who

An English department is refreshing and enriching its schemes of work by putting the new key concepts at the heart of learning.

Tags: English,KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Identity and cultural diversity,Curriculum planning

Boy and green light

Art, dance and image

New technologies were the starting point for an inspirational multi-disciplinary, cross-curricular dance project.

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Tags: Art and design,Physical education,KS3,PLTS,Self-managers,Personal development,Enjoy and achieve

older person sitting on sofa and talking with male key stage 3 pupil

Confidence through cooperation

Teaching art in the community has had a remarkable effect on pupils with low self-esteem and behavioural problems.

Tags: Art and design,KS3,Confident individuals,Successful learners,PLTS,Effective participators,Independent enquirers,Team workers,Personal development,Make a positive contribution,Moral development

a key stage 3 pupil with special educational needs working with others in a computer lab

Sharing plans for access

Two mainstream secondary schools in different parts of London have benefited from working together to plan access for key stage 3 pupils working around level 1 of the national curriculum.

Tags: KS3,KS4

key stage 3 pupil smiling as she writes

Challenging stereotypes

Shifting the focus from covering content to developing RE skills has helped to engage pupils and make learning more meaningful.

Tags: Religious education,KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Personal development,Moral development,Identity and cultural diversity

A key stage 3 pupil completes written work sitting at a desk

An individual approach to history

Exploring the lives of individuals from the past is helping pupils at Fernhill School and Language College make sense of history’s big issues and key concepts.

Tags: History,KS3

two female key stage 4 pupils use PDA in scientific analysis

Making connections within and beyond science

How can taking a thematic approach help you to make links both within a subject and across the curriculum?

Tags: Science,KS3,Confident individuals,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Personal development,Be healthy,Healthy lifestyles

Key stage 3 pupils engaged in written work

Building a language bridge between primary and secondary

Woolston School in Southampton has helped local primary schools introduce French, smoothing the transition between years 6 and 7.

Tags: Modern foreign languages,KS2,KS3,Successful learners,Curriculum planning

a bronze sculpture of a student waving stands in a library - students read newspapers in the background

Media arts in public spaces

A multi-disciplinary project involving creating art for public spaces has given pupils valuable insight into contemporary practice and teamwork.

Tags: Art and design,KS3,PLTS,Collaborating,Self-managers,Team workers,Personal development,Enjoy and achieve,Make a positive contribution,Enterprise

Pupils sat in a circle solving a maths problem

Riches for all

The mathematics department at Comberton Village College wanted to enhance their work to reflect the revised national curriculum.

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Tags: Mathematics,PLTS,Effective participators

female key stage 3 pupil reads aloud from a workbook standing in front of the class

Creating coherence with key concepts

Linking units of work through key concepts is bringing a new coherence to the curriculum and helping pupils to see their progress.

Tags: English,KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Identity and cultural diversity,Traditions,Curriculum planning

Students working in a group with younger pupils

Putting students at the heart of assessment

Reflecting on the PLTS framework has helped students at Pool Business and Enterprise College to understand the assessment process and their progress within it.

Tags: KS3,PLTS,Independent enquirers,Personal development,Enjoy and achieve,Creativity and critical thinking

a male key stage 3 pupil playing an electronic drumkit and smiling

Personal challenge week

A week of activities designed to encourage learners at Cramlington Community High School to make a positive contribution has had much broader benefits.

Tags: KS3,KS4,Personal development,Achieve economic well-being,Be healthy,Enjoy and achieve,Make a positive contribution,Stay safe,Enterprise

key stage 3 pupils weighing sugar, wearing aprons

Inclusion and success for all

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School is committed to ensuring that it meets the needs of all its learners and enables them to succeed.

Tags: KS3,KS4,Successful learners

two boys looking at something

Keep talking, keep listening, keep thinking

Recording role-plays of difficult situations helped sixth-formers at Chapel Road School understand emotions and the consequences of not controlling their behaviour.

Tags: KS4,Confident individuals,Personal development,Moral development,Spiritual development

a male key stage 3 pupil and teacher sit together talking at lunch

Supporting looked-after children

Children in care in Birmingham local authority are supported through their schooling by the Looked After Children Education Service – LACES – which aims to promote stability, learning and achievement.

Tags: KS3,KS4,Personal development,Social and emotional learning (SEAL)

A police officer sits with two key stage 3 pupils during circle time

A whole-school approach to personal development

By planning personal development across all aspects of school life, Standish Community High School is promoting the wellbeing of all its learners.

Tags: KS3,KS4,PLTS,Reflective learners,Personal development,Enjoy and achieve,Make a positive contribution,Social and emotional learning (SEAL)

student speaks from the teacher's desk in front of the class

Learner voice at the heart of school improvement

Putting personal development at the heart of learning and giving students a voice has made the difference at Birches Head High School.

Tags: Citizenship,KS3,KS4,PLTS,Effective participators,Personal development,Make a positive contribution,Social and emotional learning (SEAL)

Close-up of key stage 3 pupil's face

Bringing Shakespeare to life

At Fernhill School using a variety of innovative activities to teach Shakespeare has engaged pupils, increased their confidence and raised their attainment.

Tags: English,KS3,Successful learners,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Personal development,Enjoy and achieve,Creativity and critical thinking

children looking at sign

History matters

If you want to design a curriculum to motivate and engage pupils, where better to start than by listening to their views?

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Tags: Citizenship,History,KS3,Responsible citizens,Identity and cultural diversity,Curriculum planning

A draft 'funky fairy tale' written for children

Writing funky fairy tales for children

Pupils at Cowplain Community School in Hampshire used ICT and English functional skills to write funky fairy tales for children at their local primary school.

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Tags: English,KS3,Confident individuals,Successful learners,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Functional skills,Functional English,Functional ICT,Creativity and critical thinking

Key stage 3 pupils preparing Christmas biscuits mixture

A cross-curricular challenge

Year 7 pupils at Bowring Community Sports College develop their functional skills through cross-subject work.

Tags: Design and technology,KS3,Confident individuals,Responsible citizens,Successful learners,Functional skills,Functional English,Functional ICT,Functional Mathematics,Personal development,Make a positive contribution,Community participation

Key stage 3 pupil contributes to mind map on whiteboard

Resourceful and enterprising learners

Perins School in Hampshire is developing gifted and talented pupils’ ICT functional skills while generating online learning resources for year 7 pupils.

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Tags: ICT,KS3,Confident individuals,PLTS,Independent enquirers,Self-managers,Team workers,Personal development,Achieve economic well-being,Make a positive contribution,Enterprise

boy listening

Exploring ultimate questions

How can the ultimate questions confronting humanity be explored effectively at key stage 3?

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Tags: Religious education,KS3,PLTS,Reflective learners,Creativity and critical thinking,Identity and cultural diversity

A key stage 3 pupil wearing a hijab draws a self-portrait

A culturally inclusive school

Whalley Range High School is aiming to create a culturally inclusive environment in which all learners feel valued and diversity is respected.

Tags: KS3,KS4,Identity and cultural diversity

Three Formby High School pupils perform African dance in a circle of their peers

Cultural understanding through music

A unit of total immersion in African music and life at Formby High School has improved not only pupils' cultural understanding but also their musical abilities.

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Tags: Music,KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Personal development,Enjoy and achieve,Identity and cultural diversity

Key stage 3 pupil smiles, enjoying group work

Functional skills engage learners

The Bridge Academy in Fulham is using a functional skills project to increase a group of key stage 3 pupils’ motivation and their sense of belonging to school life through real decision-making.

Tags: Personal wellbeing,KS3,Confident individuals,Successful learners,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Independent enquirers,Self-managers,Team workers,Functional skills,Functional English,Functional Mathematics

three female key stage 3 pupils, one points out something in a book to another

Looking for meaning

Taking a philosophical approach to learning about religion is equipping pupils with skills that will stand them in good stead beyond key stage 3.

Tags: Religious education,KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Personal development,Moral development,Identity and cultural diversity

Pupil hand designing a T-shirt

Cutting the cloth to fit

Relating mathematics to fashion design and experiencing the connections poses a challenge for both learners and teachers at Henrietta Barnett School for Girls.

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Tags: Mathematics,KS3,KS4,PLTS,Reflective learners,Creativity and critical thinking

boy with headphones on

Safe and sound online

Making sound recordings to communicate the online safety message has had a powerful impact on pupils.

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Tags: ICT,KS3,Responsible citizens,Personal development,Stay safe,Technology and the media

Key stage 4 pupil in conversation with a teacher

Improving assessment gives status to skills

Oasis Academy Enfield has made assessment of progress an integral part of a motivating culture which rewards achievement.

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Tags: KS3,PLTS,Reflective learners,Personal development,Enjoy and achieve,Creativity and critical thinking

Viewed through a magnifying lens, a male key stage 3 pupil examines a 9-volt battery

Creativity in the making

Putting creativity at the centre of a design and make activity has set a design and technology department on the path to curriculum change.

Tags: Design and technology,KS3,Successful learners,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Independent enquirers,Reflective learners,Creativity and critical thinking

Pupils using a 9-pin geoboard

Transforming geometry

Belper High School aims to develop approaches where students take greater responsibility for the work they do, to develop students’ mathematical thinking skills and to support differentiated learning.

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Tags: Mathematics,PLTS,Effective participators

Key stage 3 pupil skiing

Meaningful mathematical contexts

Wellacre Technology and Vocational College has devised a strategy to embed functional mathematics across the curriculum.

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Tags: Design and technology,Science,KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Independent enquirers,Team workers,Functional skills,Functional Mathematics

female student prepares vegetables in the school canteen kitchen

Changing lifestyles

A focused six-week project has raised year 9 pupils’ awareness of the benefits of exercise and healthy lifestyles.

Tags: Physical education,KS3,Personal development,Be healthy,Healthy lifestyles

Two key stage 3 pupils examine a ten pound note

Economic matters

How does Aylsham High School in Norfolk use financial capability to connect pupils’ learning across the key stages?

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Tags: Economic wellbeing and financial capability,KS3,Responsible citizens,Enterprise

Girl holding a camera

Taking a risk with creativity in art

Imagination, experimentation and risk taking in art and design can produce rewarding results for pupils and teachers alike.

Tags: Art and design,KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Creativity and critical thinking

two children in front of camera

Butterfly broadcasts get pupils thinking spiritual and moral

Daily news broadcasts have made the spiritual and moral side of learning come alive for pupils at Park Community School in Hampshire.

Tags: KS3,Responsible citizens,PLTS,Reflective learners,Personal development,Moral development,Spiritual development,Community participation,Technology and the media

Pupils' work wall display featuring T-shirt designs on dancing figures

Promoting lifelong learning

Changing the curriculum in years 7 and 8 has proved a powerful starting point for improving attitudes to learning at Glossopdale Community College in Derbyshire.

Tags: KS3,Successful learners,PLTS,Independent enquirers,Reflective learners,Creativity and critical thinking,Identity and cultural diversity,Curriculum planning

Key stage 3 pupils dance informally in quadrangle

From prescription to personalisation in PE

Allowing pupils to make informed choices about what they learn in PE is setting them on the path to lifelong physical activity.

Tags: Physical education,KS3,Successful learners,Personal development,Be healthy,Enjoy and achieve,Healthy lifestyles,Curriculum planning

Pupils playing on a seesaw

Swings and roundabouts

Wildern School employs a motivating context and well-structured tasks to exploit the use of information and communication technology in developing mathematical understanding.

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Tags: Mathematics,PLTS,Team workers,Functional skills,Functional Mathematics

key stage 3 pupils taking part in class discussion

Making sense of money

A project delivered in PSHE is helping year 7 pupils get to grips with real-life finance

Tags: Economic wellbeing and financial capability,Personal, social, health and economic education,KS3,Personal development,Achieve economic well-being

Two key stage 3 pupils doing written work together

Making progress in creative thinking

St John’s School and Community College's focus on developing skills and nurturing creative thinking has led to pupils being more in control of their learning.

Tags: KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Personal development,Enjoy and achieve,Creativity and critical thinking

Pupils construct three-dimensional object using pasta and marshmallows

Bringing skills to life

Honywood Community Science School in Essex has found that spending specific days focusing on skills has had an impact on learners’ achievements across the curriculum.

Tags: KS3,Confident individuals,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Independent enquirers,Self-managers,Team workers,Curriculum planning

Lithographic image of Winston Churchill

Exploring history through speeches

Thanks to parallel planning by the history and English departments, pupils at Kesgrave High School in Ipswich are learning about significant historical figures and the power of persuasive speech.

Tags: English,History,KS3

key stage 3 pupils assemble informally in a classroom

Understanding interdependence

Making a topic relevant to pupils can significantly improve learning about unfamiliar concepts.

Tags: Geography,KS3,Successful learners,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Independent enquirers,Global dimension and sustainability

Pupils solving problems in a group

A richer mathematical experience

Sharnbrook Upper School gets the best out of a one-off event.

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Tags: Mathematics,PLTS,Team workers,Curriculum planning

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Communicating the way to success in science

Mapping the progression of communication skills in science is helping to reinforce the literacy skills of all pupils.

Tags: Science,KS3,Functional skills,Communicating,Technology and the media,Curriculum planning

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A new focus on personal, learning and thinking skills

West Kirby Grammar School is putting the development of pupils’ personal, learning and thinking skills (PLTS) at the heart of its curriculum.

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Tags: KS3,PLTS,Creative thinkers,Effective participators,Independent enquirers,Reflective learners,Self-managers,Team workers

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Geography hits home

Could your home be flooded? If so, what’s your best form of defence? Pupils from North Yorkshire get the opportunity to explore relevant, real-life issues through geography.

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Tags: Geography,KS3,PLTS,Independent enquirers,Global dimension and sustainability

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New geography schemes for a new school

Deacons School – about to become part of a new Academy – has taken a radical approach to designing a new geography curriculum.

Tags: Geography,KS3,Curriculum planning

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Cultural diversity across the curriculum

Wallasey School is using culture weeks to help learners understand their own and other people’s cultural identities.

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Tags: KS3,KS4,Identity and cultural diversity

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Democracy in action

Giving pupils opportunities to build on their citizenship skills of advocacy and representation year on year is giving them the confidence and experience to take responsible action.

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Role play with morals

Recording role-plays of difficult situations helped sixth...

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