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27/05/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn3j8AS Have a lovely half term break! https://t.co/QZHaMoCJXD

27/05/22

Term date reminder: half term Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June. To our students taking exams, remember to schedule in some breaks to your revision time. We look forward to seeing everyone back Monday 6 June for the final half term of the year. https://t.co/EBnoufzA50

26/05/22

Retweeted From Mike Hall

Love these - well done 👏👏👏

26/05/22

Retweeted From John McLaverty

It's amazing Can't wait to see it finished at https://t.co/ef9pS7f5W3

26/05/22

Fantastic work by all these students! https://t.co/7BlIjXu1uW

26/05/22

This half term look out for the Jubilee bunting which will be displayed as part of the celebrations Our thanks to our wonderful textiles students on their creations. https://t.co/Qe2skO322O

26/05/22

New Year 7 '22 cohort and current Year 7 and 8, reminder deadline for payment to secure iPads for the academic year 2022/2023 is Friday 3 June 2022 via ParentPay. https://t.co/QBunMJfEwm

26/05/22

Lawes Lowdown a round up of the events from this half term, produced by https://t.co/6y9xOgnhu3

26/05/22

Year 12 reminder: payment for the upcoming UCAS Convention trip is to be made by Monday 6 June 2022 https://t.co/TDY8no5XHc

26/05/22

The recording of our wonderful Jazz Night is now available to view on the school website https://t.co/32iBqLcR4x

26/05/22

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Today is National Thank a Teacher Day and SJL library would like to say thank you to all teachers, teacher assistants and support staff. If you would like to send a thank you to someone follow the link https://t.co/cjZOOPJFcV https://t.co/lSdI0Xmabk

26/05/22

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Massive thanks to the excellent hockey leaders from who officiated at the County primary schools hockey event today. https://t.co/T0YhYAP1hp

25/05/22

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Disappointingly tomorrow’s Yr10 cricket match against Beaumont has also had to be cancelled. We will now be playing RPS or SCC after half term.

25/05/22

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Looking forward to ? Check out our display for spooky reads that will take you to the Upside Down … https://t.co/drhjTKJaDj

25/05/22

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Thanks to Miss Smyth and , we now have copies of from available to read in the Library! Great for Film, Media Studies and English students 🥳 https://t.co/FblE8NTYEQ

25/05/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Some confusion about Yr10 cricket fixtures this week. Tomorrow’s game v Watford Boys is postponed until after half term. Sorry for the confusion!

24/05/22

2/2 Please also see Reception for any unclaimed jewellery. https://t.co/r7maXjhr2Y

24/05/22

1/2 Lost Property! We have an increasing number of glasses, pencil cases and keys in Lost Property. Owners should come to Reception to collect. Any unclaimed first week after half term will be donated/disposed of. https://t.co/vOhzVDOI0E

24/05/22

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Lettuce from the garden going into the canteen today. From plot to plate https://t.co/Ker2BaB8f0

23/05/22

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Whether GCSEs, A-Levels or university, exams can lead to a lot of anxiety for students - and the rest of the family, too. have created a list of tips for both students and parents/carers about managing exam stress. Check it out here: https://t.co/fol7lQJXJv https://t.co/KLsybp8e53

23/05/22

📢Support Vacancies 📢 Two highly sought after support vacancies currently available: Teaching Assistant full/part-time Reprographics Assistant part-time Join our friendly and professional support teams, apply now https://t.co/IzhoMPETY6 https://t.co/J8OJI7KHqL

23/05/22

🎸New lunch club 🎸 are excited to announce the introduction of SJL Guitar Group, for students in Years 7 - 9 For details of all the lunchtime co-curricular activities head to our website https://t.co/aBxfwKwsni https://t.co/eHJoWAAbQ1

23/05/22

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Best of luck to all the students out on work experience this week. It can be daunting at first to go out on work experience but it's amazing for your confidence, skills and CV and we hope you have a brilliant time. https://t.co/a6KRvFfeq2

23/05/22

Good luck to our Year 12 students who are out on work placements this week. The Year 12 team look forward to catching up with you and your employers during the course of the week

23/05/22

Thought for the Week: manners. Having manners means treating other people with courtesy and politeness, and showing correct public behaviour. https://t.co/Zb8khUXnni

22/05/22

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It's next week! Is there a teacher or support staff you want to personally thank? You can even do it anonymously if you're feeling shy 😊 Here's how to send a message: https://t.co/V6I2roHTkb

20/05/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/6mkorMErvi https://t.co/QSLWrvea0Y

19/05/22

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Farewell to these A level drama lovelies whose bright futures are inevitable#theatreinschools https://t.co/vwTmJkAA2Q

19/05/22

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Well done to year 11 Drama students for being in fine form this afternoon for their drama exam#dramainschools https://t.co/i1jDgn7JTP

19/05/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Thanks to the staff for their support of plant sale. We sold out! Every single plant was raised from seed and tended by the students. Well done everyone! https://t.co/xW5IoDMC3D

19/05/22

Year 13 “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” Gandhi https://t.co/qqD3cZxHWA

19/05/22

Year 13 your ceremony awaits https://t.co/lAK7WGfJZB

19/05/22

A few helpful hints from ahead of tomorrow's GCSE mathematics paper. https://t.co/PG20DDIClY

19/05/22

Beautiful! https://t.co/OVgc54WbbX

19/05/22

Year 13 Leavers' Ceremony today 2.30pm. Pleas arrive from 2.15pm Good luck Year 13 - behind you are your memories, before you are your dreams https://t.co/bfPcAndcOH

18/05/22

Congratulations to the entire team on their tremendous hardwork and dedication, entwining sustainability and sport https://t.co/ceLNwYbe9I

18/05/22

The Watford Football Club’s Premier League Enterprise Programme winners are all ready for the audience with Richard Masters, CEO Premier League and Nigel Huddleston MP Under Secretary of State for Sport https://t.co/90MkZmtnRC

18/05/22

This Wellbeing Wednesday we take a look at some more revisions tips. Remember the full public examination timetables can be found on the school website https://t.co/bx3Twd5hz4 https://t.co/tzDlgFWrPC

18/05/22

Retweeted From JustTalkHerts

Are you a parent/carer of a young person preparing for exams? For helpful advice about how to support teenagers during exam periods, our website can signpost you to the right support: https://t.co/fol7lQJXJv https://t.co/xC8YIjUlGp

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PSHEE

About the Faculty

Every student at Sir John Lawes School has a weekly Life Skills lesson covering PSHEE (personal, social, health and economic education), Careers and Work-related learning, Active Citizenship education and Sixth Form Enrichment.

The head of faculty trained as a specialist teacher in active citizenship education and who completed the National PSHEE CPD programme focusing on relationships and sex education.

 

Curriculum Intent Statement

Our vision is that the Life Skills programme at SJL will enable our students to develop the knowledge, skills and experience to be healthy, confident, active citizens who understand their rights and responsibilities and can take positive action in the world around them. We give our students opportunities to reflect holistically on their lives, their wellbeing and mental health and how to make positive choices to stay safe and healthy, as well as plan for their future.                                                                      

They study about their rights and responsibilities, democracy and politics, and the Law and have the opportunity to put these concepts into practice in an active way through participation in the Junior Leadership Team and various student voice initiatives, charity and community events and extra-curricular activities like the national mock trial competitions and ‘send my friend to school’ children’s rights campaign in which we are regularly involved. A key skill that is developed through the years is forming, expressing, justifying and debating views on important topical issues and current affairs.

From September 2020 for PSHEE the school is using the ‘Jigsaw’ programme which includes the important topics of mental health and mindfulness, personal finance, relationships and sex education (RSE), drugs education topics, personal safety and first aid. These themes are developed as appropriate for each age group, building on prior learning to support our students to be able to make responsible and informed choices to stay healthy, live actively and with a sense of responsibility for themselves and others.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

Sixth Form Enrichment

For the Year 12 enrichment programme students have the opportunity to study an examination course to complement their core A Level subjects. Options include the Extended Project Qualification, Financial studies, AS Thinking skills, the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) and Maths support.

They also have the opportunity as part of our Enrichment Talks to hear speakers from a wide range of backgrounds including university academics, professionals in various fields and inspiring individuals. These talks are designed to engage, stretch and challenge our students to think beyond a narrow set of subjects and to open their minds to the unlimited range of learning opportunities around us.


iDEA - Inspiring Digital Enterprise Aware

The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA is an international award winning programme that helps students develop digital, enterprise and employability skills.

There are no specific entry criteria for this course.

Course content

Through a series of online challenges, students complete career-enhancing units, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry-recognised Awards that help you stand out from the crowd.

iDEA consists of interactive online modules, created in consultation with industry experts that can be accessed for free, on any device, anywhere in the world. They vary in length and difficulty and iDEA has a huge range students can choose from.

Key skills and knowledge developed

  • Enhance ICT and enterprise skills and knowledge
  • Improve digital literacy
  • Learn more about staying safe online
  • Discover new talents
  • Get more confident with technology

Assessment

Their personal ‘Record of Achievement’ enables students to showcase the skills and knowledge they have learnt wherever they are on your journey with iDEA, whether they have completed two units or fifty. Each student will have a unique verification number, this means that iDEA can validate their progress to date with any future employer or learning institution requiring verification. Students can then download a printable version your Record of Achievement or share a link to the live version of the Record of Achievement which will update automatically as more units are completed.

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EPQ (Extended Project Qualification)

Board: AQA (7993)

EPQ is a challenging Level 3 qualification that enables students to manage, develop and realise an in-depth study of a chosen area of study.

You will need to possess exceptionally strong independent study skills, to enable you to research and evaluate a wide variety of sources.

You will need passion for one chosen area of study that will form the basis of your project and will support your applications to higher education.

You will also need to be highly organised and committed in order to identify, design, plan and complete this demanding project by March of Year 12.

You would normally be expected to have taken, and achieved, grade 8 or above in 5 or more GCSE subjects.

Course content

Throughout the year, students are supported to complete a 5000 word essay in a response to a chosen line of enquiry and to complete a project log that evidences a critical evaluation of the EPQ process. The course will provide support in the following areas, so that students can effectively plan and complete this project.

  • Research skills
  • Referencing and plagiarism
  • Project management
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Academic writing

However, the project itself assesses students’ ability to work independently, managing and planning the project, using resources effectively, using a range of skills to develop and realise planned outcomes, and evaluating both the outcomes and the learning process.

Assessment

Coursework (NEA) 100%

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Financial Capability Certificate in Financial Studies Level 3 (CeFS)

As an Applied General qualification, the Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) is primarily designed for students aged 16–19 and provides a comprehensive introduction to personal finance. Its purpose is to prepare students for further study through the development of the core skills of critical analysis and evaluation, synthesis, verbal communication (through classroom discussion) and written communication.

CeFS develops the knowledge and skills required for young people to make informed financial decisions by introducing them to the risks and challenges involved in personal finance and the tools for effective planning. Within this, it provides a solid basis for creating financial inclusion, by exploring social-economic trends and their relationship with an individual’s circumstances and attitudes.

We would expect you to achieve grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Mathematics.

Course content

Key content areas:
  • Importance of financial capability in the immediate, short, medium and long term.
  • Financial services and products, including sources of help and advice.
  • Borrowing, budgeting, financial planning and cash flow forecasting.
  • The impact of external influences at different stages in the personal life cycle.
  • Risk and reward in managing personal finance.

It is important for students to consider that there will be examinations in January and May so they must be completely dedicated to the course from the outset.

Key skills developed:

The qualification will encourage students to:

  • analyse financial information, financial products and services and begin to make judgements about suitability for people in different circumstances;
  • develop an understanding of financial concepts and terminology to enhance financial literacy;
  • analyse, synthesise, evaluate and reflect.

Assessment

Each unit is assessed through a combination of Multiple Choice Questions (Part A) and a written paper (Part B).

Part A can be sat via the LIBF e-test electronic testing system or via a paper-based MCQ examination.

Part B will always be sat via paper-based examination.

A total of 200 marks are available from both units comprising 100 marks per unit.

Part A: 35 multiple choice questions in a 45-minute examination.

Part B: pre-release case study requiring essay responses in a 105-minute examination.

Part B will also assess spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) through the essay responses.

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Mathematical Studies

This bespoke Mathematics module is designed to support students with the mathematical elements of their A level courses. In particular there will be statistical elements that support Biology, Geography and Psychology. Opportunity is also provided to support other A levels with capacity to adapt the course as required.

This course is not for A level mathematicians but for students who are studying subjects, such as Biology, Geography or Psychology, that have a mathematical content.

Course content

The course will mainly focus on the statistical elements of Biology, Geography and Psychology. It will include the further development of bivariate data, correlation and regression including Spearman’s Rank; the review of measures of central tendency; an introduction to probability distributions – in particular the Normal distribution.

Students will develop skills in sampling data, estimating population sizes and effective use of scientific calculators.

Away from the statistical elements students will review graph plotting skills, learn about Tax and National Insurance and mortgages and loans – including student loans.

Assessment

There is no formal examination for this course but you will be expected to apply yourself to all the modules, present projects to the class and show evidence of your progress.

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AS Thinking Skills

Board: Cambridge International Examinations (9694)

This course will give you the opportunities to develop a transferable set of skills including critical thinking, reasoning and problem solving. You can apply these skills across a wide range of subjects and complex real world issues. These transferable skills will equip you well for progression to higher education or directly into employment. You will need resilience and determination as the learning curve for this course can be challenging.

We would expect you to have achieved a grade 7 or above in GCSE Mathematics and either English Language or English Literature.

Course content

Problem Solving

  • Organising information
  • Processing information
  • Analysing data
  • Considering wider problems

Critical Thinking

  • Evaluating and use evidence
  • Analysing reasoning
  • Evaluating reasoning
  • Constructing reasoning

Assessment

Examination in May/June 2021

Paper 1: Problem Solving (50%)

Paper 2: Critical Thinking (50%)

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Marking Policy

Extended Curriculum

Students undertake a work experience placement in year 10, do extended personalised careers research in year 11 and as part of the Sixth Form enrichment programme have the opportunity to do further voluntary work placements. Each year the school participates in the national mock trial competitions organised by ‘Young Citizens’. This is an extra-curricular project where students meet weekly to study and rehearse a court case to act out against other schools in a court room. We also are regularly involved in Oxfam campaigning for human rights such as the ‘Send my friend to school’ global education campaign for which we have regularly had students chosen as national campaign champions.

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