School’s new curriculum is bucking trend
PUPILS at Tytherington School are trying their hand at a host of new activities ranging from a UK Maths Challenge to science masterclasses to a business challenge in the style of TV’s The Apprentice.
The activities are part of a new key stage three curriculum launched by the school to increase educational opportunities for students.
The new curriculum follows a report published by Ofsted called ‘Key Stage Three: The Wasted Years’, which examines the national trend of a dip in performance when pupils join secondary school.
Headteacher Manny Botwe however, says his school is ‘bucking the trend’. He said: “We have an innovative key stage three programme which provides a range of opportunities for students.
“I have worked in several schools in my career and I have never come across anything like this.”
Over the last term the school’s curriculum has included a science masterclass at Jodrell Bank, editing the latest edition of Bollington Live, a new school newspaper, and attending poetry workshops run by local poets, with work from the school displayed in Bollington Library.
Year seven and eight students have also taken on the Tenner Challenge run by charity Young Enterprise, in which they are given £10 to start a social enterprise business in groups.
Students run the business for one month, to see how much profit they can make. They have set up businesses including a Hire a Help service for teachers, a car washing service and a stationery shop in the refectory.
They have also run a disco at a primary school and year seven and eight students have taken part in a masterclass on sports journalism courtesy of Manchester United.
●● Noel Owen, four, picks out pineapple during the day tasting different fruit and vegetables at Bright Horizons Day Nursery and Pre-School