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Our director of Performing Arts spoke to BBC Essex's Dave Monk about the introduction of DJing lessons at . https://t.co/DMl97XFMsb

15/10/18

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Massive well done to all the X-country runners who ran at the West Essex X-country championships at yesterday. Superb effort from everyone that ran. 🎽🏅 https://t.co/8Txqo49YQW

15/10/18

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Please share! ❤️🙌🏼 https://t.co/JUfK3rhNT4

15/10/18

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. introduces Future DJs to their curriculum - https://t.co/5geEFixwPD https://t.co/TPDNfrt1xr

15/10/18

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Teenagers took a step into the world of work with a day devoted to careers. Year 11 students at , in Harlow, spent a day dressed in business dress and focused on the next steps in their lives. https://t.co/DpIsEalDYG https://t.co/ZAT75UohCs

06/09/18

Looking forward to welcoming everyone to our 2018 open evening. Head of School speeches at 6:30pm and 7:30pm https://t.co/peNzPFW9hB

09/07/18

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Making our banners for the . We are very excited to take part! https://t.co/mEUDRev7Gl

09/07/18

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Our East Team are busy today! Our one day pop up 'Take A Stand' exhibition opens at the Hate Crime conference in & our Ambasadors in will also be welcoming visitors to 'Anne Frank: A History for Today'.

09/07/18

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jacqui aslandogdu

What a fantastic show tonight....You really have the best students and teachers..We absolutely loved School of Rock!!...thank you all.

09/07/18

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Claire Bishop

So proud to have seen them all receive their awards last night. Amazing recognition. Thank you for making them all believe they can! https://t.co/3O6zQABSCE

09/07/18

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Just read this great article about the fabulous work taking place to develop pupils passion for music. I can’t emphasise enough how important an excellent music department is in a school. HM https://t.co/f8L7941WLo

09/07/18

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BMAT MFLanguages

What an amazing group of MFL teachers we have A great afternoon sharing ideas and good practise. How lucky our students are to have such incredible teachers! Thankyou to MFL BMAT team🇫🇷🇪🇸

09/07/18

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Ms Horner

Invaluable sharing of practice across the Trust today. How lucky are we to have such a wealth of experienced and innovative teachers serving our local communities!?

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St Clare Hospice

Our shop staff getting into the festival spirit in celebration of ClareFest, which is happening this Saturday at our shop at the St James Centre! We'll be selling loads of lovely festival gear, with music from 's Monochroma and ! ✌ https://t.co/78qy9TnzYi

09/07/18

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Jade Nunn

Very Proud of my 2 girls both fought so well 2day at Kent International Judo Comp. Emma just missing out on a Gold but a very well deserved Silver & Jess a Gold & Kent International Champion 2018. https://t.co/YlkeLZ7LVJ

09/07/18

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Another student who has gone on to great things. Superb photos. Creativity is so important and starts in school. HM https://t.co/iyVY5gErpA

09/07/18

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So very pleased to see awarded a first class degree today. Never doubted that such a brilliant student from would go on to be such a successful adult. Delighted he will use his talents to help others next year. Well done 👏👏👏👏 https://t.co/xcEDtdtwTq

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New Structure A Success

New Structure A Success

Posted: 9th October 2017

A unique school structure which sees students gaining GCSEs from the age of 13 has been hailed a huge success.

The Burnt Mill Academy Trust (BMAT) launched a new curriculum three years ago which saw students in Year 9 and 10 at Burnt Mill Academy, take GCSE courses and exams early.

Students study two complete GCSE courses in one year, rather than the traditional three years, and enter Year 11 having already banked four GCSE qualifications.

The radical overhaul saw lessons for the upper school extended from 60 minutes to 100 minutes, with students devoting two whole days each week to their two GCSE options.

The move means students in Year 11 can focus more of their time and energy into the core subjects of English, maths and science. It also enables them to take a range of subjects without having to drop a core subject for one they may prefer, such as dance or photography.

Three years in and results confirm the structure is working.

Dee Conlon, deputy head, said: “Traditionally, children take their options in Year 9 and they are set in stone for the three years ahead. That can mean being stuck with options they chose at the age of 13 when they are 16, even if their plans for the future have changed. Also, they may no longer want to take lessons in dance, for example, but they have no choice as it’s part of the curriculum.

“Our students get to make their choices each year for the year ahead so it stays more relevant as they grow older. For two days each week, they only have their options lessons; what better as a child than spending all day focusing on what you love. The children absolutely love it and, as a teacher, the 100-minute lessons mean you can really get stuck in to a topic and have the time to make sure every single child is making progress – if not, you have the time to intervene.”

Students are assessed regularly and are advised to leave subjects which require high levels of literacy to the later years to allow for further development.

Year 7 and 8 continue with the traditional lesson structure because younger students benefit from the shorter sessions, while early interventions mean all students are expected to reach their absolute potential when they sit their GCSE exams from Year 9.

Unique curriculum impact across subjects - 

Science

Francis Collins, director of science for BMAT, said: “The 100-minute lessons give us the opportunity to carry out a lot of assessment so we know by the end of a lesson exactly what students have learnt. We have time to do live marking so we can pick up immediately on any misconceptions, rather than it being left until the next lesson. That has a big impact on the progress students are making.

“Results have gone up year on year in science under the new curriculum. Having four options banked early means students have extra time to focus on their core subjects. This curriculum is a massive positive for science, English and maths.”

Humanities

Kayleigh Trainor, head of humanities at Burnt Mill, said: “Having Year 9, 10 and 11 in the same GCSE class is having a really positive impact. Year 9 want to strive to be as good as the older students, while Year 11 want to set an example and impress their younger peers.

“The curriculum change is having a huge impact on results. In humanities, we were consistently below national average. This year, 87% of students achieved A* to C grades in history, with 33% achieving A* or A, which is above the national average. In business studies, we saw 78% of students achieve A* to C, whereas the national average is just 64%.

“One of the things I enjoy with our curriculum is seeing the progress students make in lesson; progress is happening quicker."

Performing arts

Cristin Casey, director of performing arts for BMAT, said: “As a practical subject, it’s so valuable to have students in lesson for a longer period of time. We can deliver new information and have time to embed that into a practical setting, giving students a deeper understanding of the concept.

“Although Year 9 are still young, we have never had a student fail in the new curriculum. Last year, 100% of students scored A* to B in music, with results 35% above the national average in the listening paper. Across performing arts, results have been above the national average year on year.

“It has blown my mind, particularly that we are getting Year 9 students through with such good grades. The expectation is on them to keep up with Year 11 and they rise to that challenge. I have been asked to write schemes of work for the exams board as a result of the success we are seeing here.”

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