Curriculum Subjects

BEAMS – Better English and Maths (KS4 non-GCSE course)

Students are directed towards this course for one of three reasons:

  1. They need additional opportunity to master the foundation skills needed to make good progress both in English and Maths and across their curriculum.
  2. They have additional learning needs which mean that they need more time to complete tasks and thus make less progress in lessons than their peers.
  3. They need to have their assessment burden reduced in order to be able to succeed in English, Maths, Science and 4 option subjects.

This course is NOT:

  • Free time to complete homework -although pupils can bring homework tasks they are struggling to complete to their teachers in order to inform planning for their needs and to access some support in the fortnightly study skills session.
  • A formal qualification in Functional Skills.

This course IS:

  • A responsive , highly personalised series of interventions, activities and practice exercises designed to meet the gaps in English, Maths and learning skills that will hold these pupils back at KS4 if they are not addressed properly
  • Planned through close collaboration between the English, Maths and Learning Support departments who will gather and create a series of specialist resources so that pupils can benefit from a customised approach to their skills gaps.

Closing the English Skills Gap

Most pupils struggle with one or more of the following issues :

  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Limited vocabulary
  • Undeveloped reading habit
  • Low reading age
  • Problems with handwriting
  • Problems with planning
  • Cultural deficit
  • Difficulties with formal spoken English

Closing the Maths Skills Gap

Most pupils struggle with one or more of the following issues:

  • Number bonds
  • Mental arithmetic
  • Multiplication tables
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Long multiplication and division
  • Percentages
  • Interpreting questions and using cognitive and literacy skills to solve problems with maths