Everything Else Key Stage 3

KS3 students (year 7, 8 and 9) follow schemes of learning based around key life skills. Activities that promote resilience, problem solving, emotional well-being and an understanding of how the world works form the basis of what we do. All Year groups are taught in mixed ability groups. Skills such as Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening are built into each unit. We also incorporate Numeracy into our topics. Each topic concludes with a reflective thought piece known as a “Driving Question”. Here students can investigate case studies and real life examples.

Year 7 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1The Mancs and Me: Identity in the Modern AgeDQ: What makes me, me?
What does “Being British” mean?
What are “British Values”?
DQ: What does “being Mancunian” mean?
(Football, Industrialisation, Feminism, Culture)
Family history
Term 2Does Banter Matter?DQ: Does Banter Matter?
Hurtful/hateful language
Impact of language choices
Term 3Healthy Body, Healthy MindDQ: What does a healthy lifestyle look like?
Food content
Food labels
Health risks
Year 8 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1Real Love RocksDQ: What does a healthy relationship look like?
Good/bad relationships
Impact of Pornography
Staying safe online
Term 2Contemporary Slavery and IdentityDQ: What happens when your personal freedoms are taken away?
Worldwide poverty
Apple computers
The Football World Cup
The Olympics
Term 3First Aid CourseCourse to cover the following topics:
What is the point of First Aid?
AED machines
Recovery position
Year 9 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1Criminal JusticeDQ: Is an innocent man guilty of murder?
“Serial” podcast
The Court System
How the Courts work
How the Police investigate cases
Term 2Politics and PowerDQ: Who is the most powerful person in the world?
What do the political parties stand for?
How does Parliament work?
How are laws passed?
How do people gain power?
How do people use power?
Term 3Financial EducationUnit 1 of the “Financial Education GCSE (Finance, the Individual and Society (FIS)). This unit is made up of 11 topics.
1. What it means to be a citizen.
2. Personal finance and the economy.
3. What is money?
4. What is income?
5. Understanding tax.
6. How the economic system works.
7. The economic impact of personal finance choices.
8. How inflation rates impact on personal finance.
9. Impacts of economic cycles and demographic changes.
10. Foreign exchange rates and trade.
11. The personal life cycle).


Careers KS3

Students’ receive targeted Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) through their Everything Else curriculum. Wherever possible, students will have access to speakers from a full range of companies to illustrate how the information they study in class applies to roles beyond school. Previous examples have included Google, PriceWaterhouseCoooper, Barclays and the University of Manchester. We also work closely with local and national charities and non-governmental organisation such The George House Trust, Mines Advisory Group and Peace One Day. 

Students are encouraged from an early age to think about their next steps after Stretford High School and to consider the growing range of options that are available to them from across vocational and academic options.