I hope this letter finds you well.
As the summer break draws closer, we have been giving a lot of thought to how we can support our students in their learning over the next academic year. At Erdington Academy, we place great importance on learning that develops both academic and personal skills. Both are vital in ensuring all young people can have the careers they want and can play an active and responsible part of society. We have been reviewing our PSHE (personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) curriculum, a subject in England that helps children and young people stay healthy, safe, and prepared for life – and work – in modern Britain. We are proud of the broad areas within PSHE that all students learn about, including spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development, and nearer the time, we will be updating all parents regarding the many opportunities’ students will engage in outside of their usual classroom experiences. On the next page, please see our curriculum plan for Years 7 – 11 for PSHE, which will also be available on our website later in the summer term.
We are expecting even better examination outcomes for our students in Year 11 and look forward to the progress Year 10 make next year after their strong start in September. We are busy refining our assessment and reporting to ensure the progress students are making is clearly explained to all to help support students in their learning. Please ensure you are signed up to our ‘MyEd’ app, as it allows you to receive a weekly report on the effort, homework and progress your child is making. Regular contact between parents and their child’s school is well proven to have a significant positive impact on their progress. The following link has more details on the app, including how to download it and sign up.
We will be continuing to work closely with students and parents to ensure that the work students complete at home adds maximum value to their learning; research proves that homework goes beyond just the task itself; it helps children take control of their workload and increase their time management skills. Homework is set with a deadline and taking ownership of this deadline helps them think independently and develop problem-solving skills. Please see the link below for information on how students and parents can access our homework platform, ‘Show My Homework’ to ensure all work is completed by the deadline set.
Thank you for your continued support