Project Title: Pedagogical approaches to delivery of a knowledge-led, content-rich GCSE and A Level curriculum: Learning from Independent Schools.
Subject: Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Key Stage: 4 & 5
Project Description: The project will link state and independent school teachers together in order to identify and utilise the strategies used by independent schools to ensure high levels of knowledge and achievement for GCSE and A-Level students.
Christ the King Sixth Form College has been chosen to lead an innovative new project, working in partnership with Eton College, North London Collegiate, St Paul’s Boys School and Wellington College. Google are also a partner, who will help the project develop a number of virtual networks for teachers. This exciting initiative is part of the Mayor of London’s Schools Excellence Project.
The two-year project will be investigating the strategies that independent schools utilise to ensure their pupils achieve top exam grades, and how they secure places for their students at Russell Group universities in such large numbers. The aim is to understand whether these strategies are transferable to the state sector and whether than can they be scaled up to be made available to a wider community across London.
The London Schools Excellence Fund was launched by Boris Johnson in 2013 and the CTK project is one of the largest within the scheme. It will involve Christ the King maths, English and science teachers working with a number of prestigious independent schools. CTK staff will undertake lesson research with their independent school counterparts, and hosting similar visits from the independent school teachers. The intention is to identify best practise in subject-specific teaching, recognising and harnessing teacher strengths wherever they are seen.
The use of new technologies will be explored in partnership with Google and innovative ways to share subject and teaching expertise will be modelled. A London-wide independent state School brokerage will also be launched, so that partnership between the state and independent sectors is encouraged, supported and sustainable.