The Excel Pathway covers years 7, 8 and 9 and is for pupils who work better in a more kinaesthetic environment. We do also have pupils that benefit from the setting who have different learning styles but need a more differentiated curriculum.
All classes are fairly small catering for approximately 16 pupils and are staffed with both an Excel Teacher who delivers a differentiated curriculum consisting of English, Maths, SCOPE, History, Geography and R.E. as well as additional subjects* (see below) and a Classroom Manager. As well as this there is also an LSA where there are SEN pupils. Pupils will be taught other subjects such as Science, Technology, ICT and Creative and expressive Arts by subject teachers.
The Classroom Manager is the Learning tutor for their groups and also supports them in all of their lessons with other teachers to maintain consistency and expectation across the curriculum. There is a diverse ability within the pathway and pupils are not placed based on ability but by learning style.
High importance is placed on engaging and enthusing our pupils and so the curriculum is structured with that in mind. The pupils within this pathway benefit from having additional lessons such as *Forest School (outdoor learning)/Enrichment, for social interaction and Double Club which is a literacy and numeracy intervention catered to the pupils interests e.g. Football or cooking.
Pupils are offered many interventions depending on their needs which are run by Learning Support and Excel staff and some pupils are given mentors to support them in areas that need developing. We offer a lunch club where pupils can go and interact with their peers and also homework club after school run by the Classroom Managers. In addition, Excel teachers run after school intervention sessions to support target groups in literacy and numeracy.
The success of our pathway in largely down to consistency for the pupils which offers security and reassurance and also with the interaction that the staff have with parents so that the pupils have support from both school and home to enable them to be successful. We set high expectations which challenge our students and focus on their learning to enable them to meet their expected target grades.