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

Year 7 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
PR 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)
PR 2Healthy Body, Healthy MindDQ: What does a healthy lifestyle look like?
Food content
Food labels
Health risks


Year 8

Year 8 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
PR 1Real Love RocksDQ: What does a healthy relationship look like?
Good/bad relationships
Impact of Pornography
Staying safe online
PR 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?


Year 9

Year 9 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
PR 1Modern Slavery and IdentityDQ: What happens when your personal freedoms are taken away?
Worldwide poverty
Apple Computers
The World Cup in Qatar
PR 2Financial EducationDQ: What does it mean to “manage your personal finance”?
1. Life stages
2. Budgeting
3. Personal budgets and spending choices
4. Inflation, interest rates and exchange rates
5. Using tools to manage money
6. Pay and tax
7. Borrowing
8. The real cost of spending


Relationships and Sex Education

Year 7


Healthy body, Healthy Mind Unit

  • > Importance of family, characteristics of family life, respect for family diversity.
  • > Importance of stable relationships, marriage/civil partnership, how to recognise unsafe situations and how to seek advice/help.

Year 8


Real Love Rocks Unit

  • > What does a healthy relationship look like?
  • > Good/bad relationships
  • > Staying safe
  • > CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation)
  • > Grooming
  • > The impact of pornography
  • > Staying safe online


Duke of Edinburgh

Students in Year 9 are given the opportunity to complete the “Duke of Edinburgh” Bronze Award Scheme. By completing this in High School it provides students with the opportunity to complete “Silver” and “Gold” at College. Increasingly, Universities and Employers are looking to this qualification as a guide that indicates character, application and achievement.


Careers KS3

Students get to investigate a wide range of careers, colleges and apprenticeships within our careers lessons. They use online tools such as Unifrog and they meet a wide range of guests who discuss the careers that they have chosen to follow. All students in Year 7 get the opportunity to visit a University. The purpose of all of these lessons and experiences is to widen the horizons of all of our young people and ensure that they choose the pathways most appropriate to their skills and dreams.

Year 7 Curriculum OverviewTopicUnit content
Term 1/2/3Introduction to CareersIn Year 7 we begin with a self-analysis, identifying strengths and interests, what type of learner students are and where their skills lie. We discuss aims and ambitions and research how these career goals may be achieved. Lessons then broaden out to give students a taste of a variety of different career fields and job roles within these, allowing students to become aware of possibilities they may never have considered or even heard of. Students develop transferable workplace skills such as; communication, leadership, teamwork and creativity when they are set a design brief to follow for a particular product.
Year 8 Curriculum OverviewTopicUnit content
Term 1/2/3World of Work In Year 8 we introduce ‘soft’ skills to students encouraging them to identify strengths and areas to improve. Tasks are built into lessons to provide development of these skills. We liaise with a local architect to deliver a design based project including various roles suited to different skills and interests. A more maths based set of parameters to set out a site plan and a proposal to set out a series of rooms. A more art/creative based output – sculpture/mural/artwork for a building Façade. A building design presentation exercise for what materials they would use, encouraging them to think about sustainability and the environment. This may be an area that we look to adapt to ensure that students have the same quality of opportunity available to them.
Year 9 Curriculum OverviewTopicUnit content
Term 1/2/3Basic First AidThe First Aid course that we run is an award-winning course (UK Heartsafe Education Award Winner 2018). The course is delivered by qualified First Aid Instructors who are allowed to issue First Aid certificates when students have successfully completing the unit.

The 8-week course also links into our careers unit and it incorporates skills that we need in the world of work.

Week one – What is the point of First Aid? (Primary Survey, Secondary Survey, Recovery Position)

Week two – CPR

Week three – AED machines

Week four – Burns and Scalds

Week five – Wounds and Bleeding

Week six – Practical exam

Week seven – Learning Log part one; Why does First Aid Matter?

Week eight – Learning Log part two; How does First Aid link into potential careers?