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20/04/24

A fantastic Saturday morning for our U10 football team in the sunshine and wind, taking part in the Year 5 6-a-side finals! They battled hard and played with smiles on their faces throughout! Massive thank you to all the parents for your support! pic.twitter.com/cIN5p6muRe

17/04/24

Warwick class have loved looking at rounding this week! They particularly enjoyed the rounding ladder race game 🪜🧮 pic.twitter.com/Z8B4o70tG9

17/04/24

Our U10 boys football team took part in a tournament this afternoon at Garden Fields. Strong performances resulted in us finishing second, only losing one game! We now look forward to the finals on Saturday! pic.twitter.com/MccctBC14l

15/04/24

Year 5 St Andrews had a great PSHE lesson focused on the importance of knowing basic first aid and the recovery position ❤️‍🩹 pic.twitter.com/NYV3FgSkGW

09/04/24

Wishing our Muslim community a happy Eid filled with joy and prosperity 🕌🌙 pic.twitter.com/3FFvs9tDHc

30/03/24

We wish everyone a very Happy Easter and an enjoyable, well deserved break 🐣🍫✝️! We look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 15th April to begin the Summer Term ☀️🌻 pic.twitter.com/di4DfaSahY

29/03/24

* Famous Historical People Dress-Up WOW Day: Year 2 *The children dressed up and shared facts about their famous person. They met Rosa Freedman, a human right lawyer and activist, enjoyed using the VR headsets linked to Rosa Parks and recreated some of Andy Warhol’s pop art. pic.twitter.com/vXMVk6QiTR

28/03/24

* Famous Historical People Dress-Up WOW Day: Year 2 *The children dressed up and shared facts about their famous person. They met Rosa Freedman, a human right lawyer and activist, enjoyed using the VR headsets linked to Rosa Parks and recreated some of Andy Warhol’s pop art. pic.twitter.com/vXMVk6QiTR

28/03/24

Primary started the final day of the term with an assembly to celebrate the achievements and reflect on the successes of the term. We were also fortunate to hear a beautiful performance from two of our 6th Form. pic.twitter.com/jMGqhQcsiT

27/03/24

Year 6 made their own ‘Butterbeer’ this afternoon, after being inspired by their Harry Potter learning! It was a thumbs up for the magical beverage. pic.twitter.com/93AP0n1CGW

27/03/24

Year 6 were fortunate to have a visit from Professor Rosa Freedman, who spoke to them about human rights and the development of law. She shared her experiences working on tackling discrimination and promoting equality. pic.twitter.com/EDJTRFJJpv

27/03/24

Year 1 have had a lovely Easter service at St Luke’s Church ⛪️💐🌷🐣 pic.twitter.com/DYe831nzrX

27/03/24

Our final breakfast and we are all still smiling 😁 pic.twitter.com/aQm1Y2wqKh

26/03/24

Disco Night 🪩💃🕺 pic.twitter.com/AZa92NHafQ

26/03/24

The pieces are really coming together now ☀️🎭🎨🎶 pic.twitter.com/o4oR6AuJNQ

26/03/24

Good morning! We are all up and raring to go, back in our workshops and being creative 🎶🎭🕺🎨 pic.twitter.com/aCB6cYU0IH

25/03/24

Tonight’s activity: a 3D film 🎥 🦁👑 pic.twitter.com/f08xc6nhqv

25/03/24

A brilliant first day at the children have been incredible and have begun to create some amazing pieces of work 🕺🎨🎭🎶 pic.twitter.com/88Ynep9MaD

25/03/24

Mr D showing off his piano and singing talents with the help of Year 5! 🌊⛵️ pic.twitter.com/jcIKkHVrMH

25/03/24

Bed making has been a task in itself! 🛏️😂 pic.twitter.com/8DRuc4sWCB

25/03/24

We have arrived safely at Ingestre Hall! Ready for our morning activities to begin 🎭🕺🎶🎨 pic.twitter.com/oESPZ38BeO

24/03/24

Year 5 loved the VR headsets this week, exploring the Mayan pyramids 🗺️🧐🤩what a great way to end their topic! pic.twitter.com/FWCstJTZ4f

21/03/24

Our academy students held a brilliant morning for our Year 3, 4 and 5 students. A big thank you for arranging such a fantastic opportunity 🏐⚽️🏉 pic.twitter.com/WyXIdLSPto

20/03/24

* Primary Teacher vacancy *Full TimeSalary – MPS / UPS TLR 2a - Lead of ScienceStart date – September 2024https://t.co/Y5U107tZel#stalbansjobs pic.twitter.com/Ihd8anKcP0

20/03/24

* Primary Teacher vacancy *Full TimeSalary – MPS / UPS TLR 2a - Lead of ScienceStart date – September 2024https://t.co/Y5U107tZel#stalbansjobs pic.twitter.com/Ihd8anKcP0

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Health and Social Care

Through studying health and social care, our students explore human development and learn to critically analyse how various factors affect how we can successfully and healthily live day-to-day. By exploring the care values, applying them to case studies and presenting their findings as part of a group project, students see the real-life application of their studies and develop the leadership skills necessary for further progression. Students gain an understanding of different health conditions and analyse data to curate an individual health plan that supports them to improve their own health and wellbeing, along with overcoming any barriers.

This course builds on and uses the knowledge and skills you learn in your core GCSE qualifications, such as English. It will complement the more theoretical aspects covered by GCSE science by allowing you to apply your knowledge and skills practically in a vocational context. As a result, health and social care is a very popular options choice, especially for students that are interested in pursuing further study or a career in a health and social care setting.

KS4

The health and social care course develops students' social awareness and curiosity of the world around them, as well as their empathetic skills and abilities to provide context to other individual’s life experiences. Moreover, the course increases students’ independence and autonomy while developing their ability to reflect on their work and their own metacognitive skills. By exploring different cultures, students develop their social, moral and cultural skills, aspects that are underpinned by SCHOLAR.

Through studying health and social care, students develop their understanding of the different Care Values, facilitating progression to a career within any health or social care environment. Students are encouraged to undertake further research into the different settings and roles within those settings relating them to health conditions. Health and social care enables students to draw from case studies and undertake research that compliments their learning and teaches skills that will be used throughout their professional lives. These skills to increase students’ social awareness of the world around them and begin to challenge the way they perceive the world that we live in. By using a range of resources and external agency advice and guidance, students investigate health and well-being and identify the links between lifestyle choices and health. This encourages students to discuss and raise awareness of signs and symptoms of abuse, addiction, illness and mental health.

Throughout the course, learners incorporate digital technology of their iPads within their learning. This is seen in research tasks and when creating presentations that are then delivered to the rest of the class. Textbooks, articles and case studies are provided to students throughout the curriculum to support their learning and improve their literacy skills. Scenarios are linked to real-life circumstances to enhance students' social awareness around them and broaden their understanding of other individual’s perspectives and life experiences.

Across the course, students complete three main components: two are coursework modules and the third is an external exam that takes place in year 11. Each component covers a variety of Health and Social care topics.

Component 1: Human lifespan development

Learners investigate how, in real situations, human development is affected by different factors and that people deal differently with life events.

Component 2: Health and social care values and services

Learners study and practically explore health and social care services and how they meet the needs of real service users. They also develop skills in applying care values.

Component 3: Health and wellbeing

Learners study the factors that affect health and wellbeing, exploring physiological and lifestyle indicators and understanding how to design a health and wellbeing improvement plan.

Assessment:

The first two components are assessed internally and then externally verified by an examiner; the third component is an externally assessed exam.

The range of grades for the Health & Social care BTec Technical Award starts at a Level 1 Pass and extends to a Level 2 Distinction* with the Level 2 qualifications being equivalent to a GCSE.

Oracy is developed as they working independently, in teams and problem solve in a creative way, using oracy to discuss ideas and work with others.

 

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Year 10

Understand human growth and development across life stages and the factors that affect it.

 

Understand how individuals deal with life events.

Understand the different types of health and social care services and barriers to accessing them. Understand the skills, attributes and values required to give care.

Year 11

Factors that affect health and wellbeing.

Interpreting health indicators.

Person-centred approach to improving health and wellbeing.

 

Exam preparation.

Beyond GCSE

By achieving a Level 2 qualification students progress to a Level 3 course that then leads to a university course or training in a health or social care setting. Some learners may wish to build on an interest in human growth and development but take it in a different direction (at either Level 2 or Level 3) by studying for qualifications in Early Years education.

A variety of options are available beyond GCSE some of these are outlined below, but there are also foundation level courses that contribute towards half of an A-level qualification; alternatively, an Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-levels.

  • BTec Level 3 National extended certificate in Health and Social Care equivalent to 1 A-level
  • BTec Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care equivalent to 2 A-levels
  • BA / BSc honours degree in Health & Social care
  • Or another relevant degree discipline focusing on a particular area, such as Nursing or Social work.

Wider Curriculum and Careers

Approximately 3 million adults work in the health or social care sector in the United Kingdom. Health care roles include doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives and health care assistants, while social care roles include care assistants, occupational therapists, counsellors and administrative roles. Together they account for nearly one in ten paid jobs in the United Kingdom. Demand for both health and social care is expected to rise in line with the aging population. As a result, these professions they will continue to play an increasingly important key role in society.

Across the course, students engage in discussions and workshops with professionals such as therapists and counsellors, in order to better understand their roles and the routes taken into their career. Through school trips, students enhance their wider knowledge around the subject and gain additional perspectives from health care professionals. These trips include day visits, such as to the local care facilities and local hospitals. Students are also provided throughout the curriculum with relevant TV shows and films related to the subject content to increase their understanding and provide them with further perspective of those giving and receiving care in a variety of different aspects.

A qualification in health and social care can then lead on to further training to become qualified in one of the following job roles:

  • Nursing/Midwifery
  • Counselling
  • Occupational therapy
  • Youth work
  • Social work
  • Physiotherapy
  • Nursery nurse roles
  • Childcare

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