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Information on Curriculum Changes

02 February 2018


Dear Parent/Carer


At Newbattle High School we are committed to ensuring that we provide a challenging, relevant, curriculum which offers the flexibility to meet the needs of our learners as they move through the school.   Following a period of consultation with pupils, staff and parents/carers, we are writing to inform of you changes to our curriculum.  These changes will benefit pupils in our new school and Digital Centre of Excellence.

As we move into our new building, we will align our Senior Phase (S4-6) subjects to allow for more freedom in choices that pupils make. The process for choosing courses is explained in the Coursing booklets for S2-S5 which will be coming home with pupils over the next few weeks.  An example of listening to our pupils and parents is the removal of columns for S4-6, which they felt restricted subject choice.  Our Coursing Event for S2-6 pupils, parents and carers on Thursday 22 February 2018 will provide further information.  Guidance teachers will, as always, be supporting the pupils in making their choices.

To allow for the implementation of our new curriculum, the structure of our school week will move from 28 periods to 33. This does mean that there will be changes to the number of periods in a day and the timings of them, however we are working to minimise the impact of these as far as is possible.  The amount of time pupils spend in classes will remain the same as this is set as a legal requirement.

More information on the adjustments to the timings of the school day will be sent to you shortly. In the meantime if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Yours sincerely

Mhairi Hume

Depute Head Teacher


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