Promoting the EBACC

 

Mission Statement

To improve educational outcomes for communities which Ash Hill Academy serves in Doncaster.

In 2019, Ash Hill were gained the British Council International School Award:

 Rationale

Research from the Sutton Trust (2017) shows that a pupil’s socio-economic background impacts the subjects they choose at GCSE, and that this determines their opportunities beyond school. Further research by the UCL Institute of Education (2018) shows that studying subjects included in the EBACC provides students with greater opportunities in further education and increases the likelihood that a pupil will stay on in full-time education and improve their earning potential.

Ash Hill Academy operates in a very challenging environment with the following characteristic:

  • Pupil Premium - 52% compared to National 25%.
  • Deprivation (IMD Bottom 10%) - 50% compared to National 12%.
  • Ed & Skills (Bottom 10%) - 69% compared to National 12%.

Historically, academic qualifications have been marginalised at Ash Hill Academy in favour of vocational qualifications. Since 2017, the academy has rigorously pursued the implementation of a broad and balanced curriculum that is intended to provide stretch and challenge to all students so that they can enter the next stage of their educational journey.

As students progress onto KS4, they choose their options while receiving core subjects:

All Students study Core Subjects:

  • English language and literature
  • maths
  • the sciences

Students choose 3 Option Subjects from:

  • Geography
  • History
  • a Modern Foreign Language
  • DT
  • Engineering
  • Art
  • Sports Science
  • ICT
  • Statistics
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts

 

In order for the student to receive the EBACC certificate, they need a particular combination of subjects from the list above.

 The EBACC is:

  • English language and literature
  • maths
  • the sciences
  • geography or history
  • a MFL language

 At Ash Hill Academy, the number one factor affecting our take up of the Ebacc is student’s not willing to engage with a MFL language at KS4. Historically, the Ebacc is taken up by less than 10% of students. The Governors aim to increase this percentage to 25% by 2024.

Strategies being employed to increase MFL take-up (2019-2022):

  1. Promote and raise the profile of languages in the school by leadership.
  2. Appoint a Modern Foreign Language Governor Champion.
  3. Individual Advice and Guidance during the option process to promote MFL in years 7 and 8 
  4. Language and careers day
  5. European day of languages

  6. Family language and food night
  7. Sporting/ cultural and awareness international experiences.
  8. Further development of the International School Award in line with ISA framework.
  9. International evening in conjunction with the academy’s continued work on the International School Award (2019), the academy is promoting languages as a means to further study and employment opportunities.