Article 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talent and abilities to the full.
Our Curriculum is the totality of all the learning and teaching experiences that are planned for our students’ across their time at Penicuik High School.
Our interim vision statement for the phase 1 curricular developments is based on the flowing generalised vision with a focus on 21 st Century Skills which is as follows:
We will develop young people who are moral citizens with the skills and knowledge crucial to becoming, productive, effective and successful citizens in the 21st Century.
Our curriculum is underpinned by our cores PRIDE values
Participation Respect Inclusion Determination Excellence
Penicuik High School has an important place in its community and has a proud academic tradition but also realises that its student population is coming from a wider range of backgrounds and the labour market and economy are dynamic and changing. Therefore our curriculum whilst being underpinned by these values also needs to be reactive to the types of destinations students are tending to go to and ensuring they are well prepared to succeed.
We also need to be ambitious for our young people and encourage them to extend themselves beyond choices that might be limiting or are not in keeping with their identified talents and interests. We will have the highest expectations and standards for all students and will continue to review and refine our curriculum so that it offer the widest opportunities and is in line with current thinking and good practice. We will also seek to develop a parity of esteem in terms of the way we view vocational and academic pathways and will look to blend pathways in the best interests of developing highly skilled young people who will contribute to a highly skilled and motivated workforce.
Our curriculum will:
Vital to our work in developing the curriculum will be ensuring we work well with our broad range of partners in the public and private sector including the voluntary sector.
Our rationale is written within a three year Curriculum consultation and development process. Phase one runs from October 2019 until May 2020
This consultation will involve all our stakeholders and review and development will be dynamic and people led. We will also need to take account of the current fiscal issues that is affecting education resourcing.
Our Curriculum aims are to develop young people who are:
Penicuik High School will aim to ensure that all young people experience an inclusive education and that they are enabled to enter a sustained and positive destination beyond school. This means all staff will ensure we strive for excellence as a school through raising attainment and achieving equity of outcome regardless of any barriers that the young person may face