Future Plus has been designed to ensure we provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all students as required by the Department for Education. Alongside all their GCSE qualifications all students need key skills in order to help them be ready for adult life. The Future Plus programme covers some of the key elements that are not covered in other qualifications and forms part of our PSHE (personal, social, health and education) programme. In the Future Plus lessons, over Years 9 to 11, students will learn about various topics such as personal finance and how to manage their finances, how to use various software packages, how be safe online and how to have a greater understanding of their own health and fitness.
All students will experience elements of financial literacy, digital literacy and healthy living through the study of these subjects over the course of the 3 years. The details of the courses that are being studied in the Future Plus programme are highlighted below.
This course introduces the student to the impact of finance on the economy and encourages them to consider how this can affect business and the individual. Over the three years (Year 9 to 11) a student can develop their knowledge and a valuable range of applied and transferable skills. This could lead to a full equivalent GCSE qualification and also provides a foundation for further study in business and finance-related disciplines. Please click on the link to find more details regarding this course.
Being fit and healthy is important for a student’s well-being. In the healthy living course students will cover topics such as fitness, nutrition, being healthy. As some of these topics are part of the Sport/Dance BTEC course this will provided an opportunity for a student to gain a qualification in Sport or Dance over the course of the three years (Year 9 to Year 11) if they wish to do so.
Today, the advancement of technology has permeated every aspect of our lives. Employers expect their workforce to have the skills needed to live, work, and thrive in a digital society. So, when preparing pupils for the world of work, digital literacy is essential. In today’s work place all workers need the ability to use various software packages such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well as understand how networks and file systems are organised. These skills will be developed alongside the financial literacy and healthy living parts of the Future Plus Programme. All students will acquire key skills and cover elements of digital literacy whilst completing their healthy living/fitness and financial literacy when they use different software packages.
Digital literacy is also a key part of our PSHE programme during tutor times since we teach the students about the awareness of the necessary standards of behaviour expected in online environments, and develop their understanding of the shared social issues created by digital technologies.