Study Support at KS4
At King James our KS4 pupils follow four optional pathways in addition to studying English, Maths, Science, PSHE and core PE. For some pupils this will prove too much due to a variety a factors and these pupils are therefore guided into the Study Support Pathway. The school will identify those pupils needing to follow this pathway and will speak to pupils and parents/carers about how this time will be used to support their personal development in preparation for post-16 options and support their wider learning in English and / or Maths.
This Pathway is supported by course material from ASDAN who are an educational charity. As an organisation they believe its their mission "to engage, elevate and empower young people in greatest need". You can find out more about ASDAN here. Information about the two courses we currently offer are given below. In some years we may choose to run the Maths Short course.
Personal Development Programme
Pupils can achieve Bronze, Sliver or Gold award depending on the amount of effort and time they commit to the course. This course develops learners' personal, social and work-related skills over the two years. There are 6 core areas:
English Short Course
The English Short Course accredits up to 60 hours of English language and literature activities. The challenges can be seen as preparation for coursework, as well as assessment opportunities. They can also underpin study of pre-release material and preparation for some elements of GCSE English language and literature examinations.