Life’ at Rossington All Saints Academy is a five-year curriculum offer, tailored specifically to meet the needs of the school’s local context whilst at the same time equipping pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to play their full part in an ever changing world of the 21st century. Our programme includes the delivery of RE, RSE, PSHE, CEIAG and fundamental British Values, delivered through a combination of discrete timetabled lessons, our curriculum for life tutorial and collective worship programme, plus a series of progressive “Step Up” days, as well as emphasising a number of cross curricular links across a wide range of subjects.
‘Life’ at Rossington All Saints Academy places social and personal development at the heart of its design, with group discussion, self-expression and the promotion of tolerance & respect towards the opinions of others assessed in each unit of work. Providing opportunities for pupils to develop confidence, resilience and knowledge to stay mentally and physically healthy are also included and developed in topics such as ‘Keeping Safe’ and ‘Healthy relationships’ and OCR Sport.
Religious Studies is also embedded throughout Key Stage 3, as pupils are able to explore the religions of Christianity, Islam and Hinduism through the lens of ‘What would a religious person do in this situation?’ in order to develop skills of reflection, respect and tolerance. Religious quotes are woven into schemes of learning such as Evil and Suffering and are interpreted alongside some religious practices and core beliefs. A key question approach, as referenced in the Doncaster locally agreed SACRE, is also adopted where possible to allow pupils to engage in an enquiry-based approach to learning; appraising varied responses to key questions such as ‘Is death the end?’ and ‘What is good and challenging about being a teenage Sikh/Buddhist/Muslim in Britain today? as well as allowing pupils to develop responses of their own.
With income deprivation and unemployment levels in the local area significantly above national averages, we are fully committed to ensuring that our Life curriculum provides sufficient time to achieve all eight of The Gatsby Benchmarks, working alongside organisations such as The Prince’s Trust and The National Citizenship Service and business volunteers. A mixture of tutor time activities and progressive step up days provide opportunities for work experience, employer contact and Enterprise Education to allow the following targets to be met:
- A stable careers programme.
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Linking curiculum learning to careers
- Encounters wih employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
Our RSE curriculum provision gives due regard to the DfE’s statutory guidance on sex and relationship education as well as focussing in more detail on issues most relevant to pupils in our local context. Specific needs, as they arise are responded to and incorporated into our planning, plus curriculum content is once again ‘stepped’ to ensure that key issues are revisited in later years and in greater depth. Where possible we also aim to bring in outside companies/agencies to deliver bespoke sessions to meet the specific needs of our pupils this includes a speaker who gives a presentation about alcohol abuse and domestic violence, we also annually invite Prison me no way charity into school to deliver a session to Year 11 students. We were recently visited by Rev Sarah Jones we invited her into the academy to speak to students about her journey as a transgender Christian and minister in the church.
The Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of our pupils has always been at the heart of the education offered in Delta Academies. The Academy’s approach to SMSC is embedded in the Delta ethos of mutual respect, partnership working and collaboration; an approach that we believe is fundamental to a full and positive participation in life in modern Britain.
Broad PSHE themes are allocated throughout each academic year and revisited so that they can be reinforced and developed over the years:
- Year 7: Families, Bullying, Cyber bullying, Puberty, Personal Hygiene, Relationships, Healthy Lifestyles, Exercise and rest, smoking and alcohol
- Year 8: Rights, Responsibilities and Law, Crime and punishment, Courts, self-care and mental health, managing money, online safety
- Year 9: Mental health, Staying safe, CSE, Risky behaviour, Contraception, Independent living, Cancer awareness, First aid, Food safety, LGBTQ+
- Year 10: Drugs and alcohol awareness, war and peace, sexual health, places of worship, Identity
- Year 11: Prison me no way, crime and consequence
Examples of how fundamental British Values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs are actively promoted across the Academy and include:
- Weekly collective worship led by academy leaders or guest speakers
- Weekly Form learning time reflection activity linked to collective worship
- Christmas and Easter church services
- PSHCE Form learning time activity
- Student Voice activities
- Student Council and Doncaster Youth Council Elections.
- Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE), Religious Studies and CEIAG Step up Days
- Religious Education and life topics such as ‘Crime and punishment’
- Healthy schools’ initiatives
- Cross curricular initiatives
- After school clubs and enrichment activities
- Charity work
- Children’s University
- Sporting events
- Links with the wider community including ‘Plastic Free Friday’
- Educational trips and visits and other opportunities for learning outside the classroom.
All students at Rossington All Saints academy are strongly encouraged to earn twelve Pledges, this enables students to graduate from KS3 to KS4 and also attend the Year 11 Prom. Pupils can graduate with honours at KS3 if they have sufficient pledges, high effort scores from subject areas and 100% attendance. Pledges encourage pupils to try new activities that may be out of their comfort zone enabling them to become more well rounded young adults. Above all, pledges help pupils to have a more valuable and enjoyable experience at school. Pledges can be awarded for both activities in and outside of the academy including:
- Regular attendance at an ‘After Academy’ activity or club.
- Representing the Academy in either a sporting, cultural or academic event.
- Attending a national sporting, cultural event or performance at a major venue.
- Taking part in an academic production/event or organise an event for other students.
- Taking part in a formal presentation to an audience.
- Being actively involved in an international experience, within or beyond the academy.
- Being actively involved in a community experience, within or beyond the academy.
- Helping to plan, organise or participate in a major fundraising event within the Academy or the community.
- Taking part in an activity to prepare themselves for the world of work
- Contributing to the sustainability of the academy
- Taking part in a piece of formally recognised creative work
- Regularly going above and beyond within lessons and outside lessons