Post 16 Curriculum
Post 16 provision at Fosse Way is led by Assistant Principal, Graeme Athey.
Since the summer of 2013, the Government has increased the age of participation. This means that young people must now remain in education, employment or training for longer. The following information is form the Department for Education Website:
Young people in England are required to continue in education or training.
This is being introduced in two stages:
- pupils who left year 11 in summer 2013 had to continue in education or training for at least another year until June 2014
- pupils who left year 11 in summer 2014 or later have to continue until at least their 18th birthday
This does not mean young people must stay in school. They will able to choose from:
- full-time education (eg at a school or college)
- an apprenticeship or traineeship
- part-time education or training combined with one of the following:
- employment or self-employment for 20 hours or more a week
- volunteering for 20 hours or more a week
On completion of year 11 learners at Fosse Way School have a number of options open to them. Some learners choose to leave school at this stage to continue their studies at colleges of further education. Many opt to enter the sixth form at Fosse Way where they are entitled to continue their studies until the completion of the academic year in which they reach nineteen years of age. Fosse Way provides Programmes of Study (PoS) devised to prepare each learner for the next stage in his or her life, whether it be entering employment, following a course at FE college or moving into supported living within a community placement.
The curriculum comprises a mixture of life skills, work skills, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) as well as Functional Skills qualifications in Maths, English.
Each student’s personalised programme is constructed from the options below which are reviewed on a regular basis:
- A blend of QCF approved qualifications.
- Functional Skills Numeracy
- Functional Skills Literacy
- The option to retake GCSE qualifications in English or Maths, depending on the grade achieved.
- Extended work experience
- Independence skills training such as travel
- Residential experiences: each learner has the opportunity to develop a plan for and engage with a stay away from home as part of a residential trip.
- Enterprise Centre: Fosse Way Sixth Form is proud to announce the opening of its new Enterprise Centre, based in Radstock. This provides an opportunity to follow a Programme of Study that can support young people into the world of work by developing their understanding of employment, enterprise and work skills. Learners could use this experience to move into employment or onto ProjectSEARCH.
- Project SEARCH: an option for post 16 learners in their final year of education with the aim of gaining employment rather than taking up a course at college at the end of the year. Learners are based at the Royal United Hospital, Bath where they follow an internship. There is also a ProjectSEARCH site based in the centre of Bath (more information can be obtained from bathcollege.ac.uk. Learners receive different internships during the year. Project SEARCH is recommended for learners in years 12 or 13.