Ordinarily a course choice information evening would have been held in December but due to the ongoing difficulties with Covid-19 we have instead created a narrated presentation. This will guide you through the curriculum structure, course options process and pathways through the senior phase.
***Please do not be concerned about any of the images used in the presentation. These are exemplars to raise awareness of content and layout. Subjects offered change year upon year and your childs sheet will contain the most up to date courses being offered.***
Timetabling almost 800 pupils course choices is a complicated process but at Trinity Academy we have been operating with an electronic course choice and timetabling system since 2018.
Using a suite of software to support the coursing process we have been able to deliver a varied curriculum with a high level personalisation choice. This has created a dynamic and flexible curriculum offer which year on year is delivering over a 95% satisfaction rating for learners while providing progression pathways which offer depth, breadth and also provide inclusive options for all.
Unfortunately, a timetable can do anything but not everything all at once and for those learner who are not able to get every course they initially selected we also have a fully integrated reserve system which provides pupils and staff with clear alternatives when things don’t work out as first planned.
Prior to making any course choices there are is a fully resourced and supported series of planning lessons delivered by Pupil Support Leaders during PSE classes. Course choice planning sheets will be issued at this time which are personalised for each learner and include recommended levels of study for the next session. Pupils, parents/carers and Pupil Support Leaders must triangulate and approve the planning before pupils are given access to the TOOLS website to enter their course choices.
Ordinarily, all pupils will complete their course choices between the end of January and early March. Specific dates are included on this webpage (Course Choice Centre) and on the course choice planning sheets which are issued during the coursing process.
With the current school closure we will likely ask for this process to be completed by pupils at home. We will share further information on this in due course but all resources and supports will still be available.
We have developed a COURSE CHOICE GUIDE for each year group, which explains the process in three stages: pre-coursing, course choices and post-coursing. Each guide is for a specific year group and will explain some of the nuances of the course choices process in an easy to understand format.
This will give you an overview of the course choice process and is useful for both pupils and parents.
|Course Choice Guides||Course Choice Sheets||Options System|
Updated for 2022
Updated for 2022
Please ensure all course choice sheets are submitted to your Pupil Support Leader AFTER you have entered your choices on the TOOLS website.
All course choices MUST be completely finalised by Friday 18th March 2022 to allow timetabling to begin. If you have been absent or needed extra time, please contact your PSL or Mr Todd befre the deadline.
|Useful Website Links||Description|
|My World of Work||Career suggestions tailored to you|
|Nationals in a Nutshell||Advice and tools for getting a job, apprenticeships and applying to universities and colleges|
|The Complete University Guide||Everything you need to know about all universities in the UK|
|Leaps||Advice, encouragement and support for applying for higher education|
|Edinburgh College||Edinburgh College|
|ELRAH||Alternative pathways help/info for applying for higher education|
|Nationals in a Nutshell||Helpful resource for parents which explains the National qualifications.
Parent suggestion from Information/Q&A Event Feb 2022