Wider Curriculum Opportunities
At Testbourne Community School, we believe, passionately, that education is more than just achieving academic excellence. In order to lead happy and fulfilled lives, and contribute positively to society, students must develop the personal qualities of kindness, thoughtfulness, responsibility and courteousness whilst learning to respect all members of the community including, most importantly, themselves.
In addition to the formal national curriculum, Testbourne students will experience the following:
SMSC (Social, moral, spiritual & cultural Education
Spiritual– Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Moral – Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
Social – Investigate moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the ‘British values’ of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.
Cultural – Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in cultural opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development is at the heart of everything we do at Testbourne Community School and, as such, aspects of SMSC are embedded into each and every curriculum area, whether implicitly or explicitly. SMSC and British Values (democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect & tolerance) are explored in greater depth within the Religious Education programme, PSHE (personal, social, health & economic education) and through themed assemblies. Additionally, students engage in a weekly SMSC session as part of the morning Tutorial Programme; during this time students are given the opportunity to develop their understanding and discuss a range of topical and current issues.
PSHE (Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education) & Citizenship
Citizenship is a statutory national curriculum subject that develops students’ understanding of democracy, government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. PSHE is supported by a non-statutory programme of study designed to help students develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain.
Citizenship and PSHE at Testbourne Community School is predominantly taught through the Tutorial Programme and the Life Skills/SMSC programme, supported by theme days, assemblies and cross-curricular projects.
CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance)
Testbourne Community School offers a bespoke programme of careers education, designed to give students age-appropriate information about different progression routes and careers options, and to develop the skills they need to be able to pursue their goals.
We regularly review our careers programme against the ‘Gatsby benchmarks,’ which is a framework of best practice. For more information regarding the CEIAG programme at Testbourne, please contact Mrs Sudds, Deputy Headteacher and Careers Leader at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01256 892061 ex: 209.
During their time at Testbourne Community School, all students are entitled to:
- Bespoke transition support from primary to secondary school
- A careers education programme including lessons, workshops, external speakers, work-related learning or taster days.
- Regular feedback on academic progress and how to improve so that goals can be achieved.
- Support to develop better self-awareness to help students recognise their own strengths, areas for development, skills, motivations, and abilities.
- Assistance when accessing and understanding information on open days, jobs, colleges, universities and apprenticeships.
- Signposting to local and borough-wide opportunities such as careers fayres and workshops facilitated by the Basingstoke Consortium
- Guidance and support when making decisions about KS4 course options in year 8
- Parent Information evenings to provide information and guidance to parents and carers at key stages
- Bespoke support when completing application forms, writing personal statements, CVs etc
- Personalised career guidance and support from a qualified careers advisor
- The opportunity to complete a work experience placement in year 10
Additional examples of CEIAG links at Testbourne Community School:
- Year 8 MFL students completed a ‘languages at work’ project designing publicity material in the target language for a trade fair abroad. Year 10 MFL students competed in the Basingstoke Consortium industry-based MFL challenge.
- Year 9 Mathematicians linked up with Queen Mary’s college to take part in the ‘Quirky Maths Club’ sessions. ‘Pre A Level’ Maths classes available after school for year 10 students wishing to study Maths at A Level.
- Students competed in the Teen tech Awards, Crest awards and AWE challenge days in Science. Year 10 students attended a careers event with speeches by scientists to encourage STEM subject uptake
- Visits from industry in multiple subject areas
- Duke of Edinburgh work experience and volunteering, including links and visits with a school in Uganda
- Links with local charities & businesses through Textiles: bandanas for stressed dogs at Battersea Dogs Home, fiddle blankets for Alzheimer’s patients at Southampton General Hospital and a current project with Whitchurch Silk Mill
- Year 7 History lesson writing a job description for a local priest, focusing on content and format of job advertisements and applications
- Year 9 trip to ‘Women in Digital’ event in March 2018; speakers included female web developers & entrepreneurs, and coders from Microsoft. Links with the Cyberfirst scheme to promote careers in Cyber Security to year 9/10 girls
- Year 10 students competed in the Young Enterprise ‘Company Programme’
- Formal letter writing, along with information on the recruitment process and interview tips forms part of the year 11 Business Studies course.
- Subject-specific career links such as the ‘Careers in Maths’ display board, STEM links in Science and theatre links in Drama.
- Year 10 Employability workshop with Basingstoke Consortium
- Year 8 and 10 visit to Winchester university