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VIP Key Stage 3

Vision

A personal, social, health, education and careers curriculum that protects, informs and nurtures all pupils with the knowledge of the laws, skills and values to flourish in modern Britain. 

Curriculum Overview

An overview paragraph which outlines the ambition and scope of VIP at KS3 as well as grids which show what the curriculum look like in terms of the knowledge and skills we want students to acquire in each term?.

Sequencing, Setting and Support

The ‘relationships’ topic in which we teach according to the statutory guidelines are taught in terms 5 and 6. This ensures that good relationships between staff and their VIP classes have been fostered in order to discuss more sensitive issues. At this stage of the year, students should feel more comfortable asking questions. 

VIP classes are mixed ability and the teacher differentiates accordingly by looking at a student’s SEND and behavioural needs. The teacher adapts the work, so it is accessible and engaging. 

The VIP curriculum is shared with LSAs, Learning Support, Heads of Houses and learning mentors so that they are aware of what is taught and when and they can provide extra support to students that may benefit. Parents/ carers receive termly emails which inform them of the lessons and provide links to useful websites and resources to discuss the VIP topics with their children. 

Alive Themes in VIP

Assessment in VIP

An overview of how assessment works in KS3 VIP - for example, how do you decide if a student is 'secure' in VIP by the end of Year 8?

Homework and how Parents/Carers Support Learning

All homework is set on Edulink which is an app and website available to students and parents/carers. Further information and a video about how to find homework on Edulink is available on our Homework page.

These are the principles which underpin our homework.

Homework overview graphic

Termly online quizzes assess students’ progress, such as defining keywords and spellings of keywords. 

Reading for consolidation and extension - students have opportunities to engage with websites (charities and organisations that can provide students with guidance and deepen students’ understanding) and novels that link to the topics to encourage students’ to empathise with characters who are dealing with some of the VIP topics covered.  

Parents/ carers receive termly emails which inform them of the lessons and provide links to useful websites and resources to discuss the VIP topics with their children. These resources and conversations they may spark between parents/ carers and their children will support students with their homework. 

Useful VIP Resources

Childline 

YoungMinds - Mental health charity for children and young people.

Brook - Sexual health and wellbeing

Barclays Life Skills 

Contact us

St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School
Somerset Square, Bristol, BS1 6RT

0117 3772100

enquiries@smrt.bristol.sch.uk