Our Curriculum

Not just a curriculum. A career.

Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire has been formed to provide the young people of North Lincolnshire and beyond with a unique combination of excellent academic opportunities and unparalleled employability skills.Young people of the 21st century must have a love of learning that will enable them to be self-motivated, life-long learners who can adapt easily and quickly to changes. 

Tapping into every students potential and igniting ideas around future career pathways, provides challenges to solve the kind of problems faced by engineering and health industries every single day.

The intention is that a significant element of our curriculum, which sets us apart from traditional education, focuses on providing a technical, practical and hands-on experience alongside the core academic subjects. Providing high-quality opportunities and helping to narrow the skills gap in STEM industries.

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Our aim is to provide the following: 

○ An aspirational curriculum to drive academic excellence.

○ Innovative challenges and projects to enable students to research, design and engineer creative solutions/ innovative challenges and projects to enable students to develop a person centred approach and apply key critical Care values.

○ The ability to effectively communicate for a range of purposes and audiences to ensure pupils develop a prominent profile and show of their best.

○ A safe environment that supports young people to become professional, responsible and loyal in their outlook and in dealing with others so they are prepared  for next steps in successful careers.

○ First-class employer engagement to ensure a credible career pathway, life-long learning and closing the skills gap in alignment with local priorities.

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Year 10 and 11 students have the unique opportunity to experience industry-specific projects alongside of developing core academic and technical knowledge, and sought after employability skills.

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Our sixth form curriculum is designed to put our students ahead of the competition, through a rich, industry-focused, STEM curriculum.

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Curriculum Implementation

Mirrors A Business Environment

At the ENLUTC we pride ourselves with a very professional and business like atmosphere. The length of the school day resembles that of a business hours (26hour week in year 9 and 29 hour week at KS4), along with a business dress code, the way we great students with a handshake and the way we address each other with our first names. 

 Our code of behaviour and conduct reflects one which is nurturing, and at the heart is unconditional positive regard for all students. We pride ourselves on strong positive relationships with students and our core values are professional, responsible and loyal. We find as many opportunities as possible to celebrate success and this is delivered through the culture passport which is celebrated half termly, immediate praise through postcards and a yearly Engineering awards ceremony (first one this year). 

If things go wrong, conversation and understanding is at the heart of our approach. We aim to understand why things have gone wrong and help our students to realise this too through restorative practices. Our culture focuses on doing things ‘with’ students, not ‘to’ them, in order to build relationships and encourage a positive and safe environment for learning. 

Technical Delivery and Class Sizes

Students are placed in smaller than normal class sizes for the specialism because of the volume of technical hours spent in our workshops. This allows for all students to work independently practically developing their skills with speed.  

Responding To the Cohort

Before starting in September students take routine GL assessments which allow the college to determine the starting points of students and the quality of the learning previously. A survey of novels and plays studied is undertaken so that the English department can select exciting and appropriate texts to read and study which students have never encountered before.  

GL assessments results analysis allow us to adapt the curriculum share and bespoke the year 9 KS3 curriculum specifically for the cohort for that year.  Literacy development forms part of a whole school policy and is a key part of the school development priorities for this reason. 

Aspirational Curriculum

The GL assessments allow us to baseline students against national rates of progress. We set aspirational targets to achieve more than expected national rates of progress from the GL assessment. 

Students have opportunities to enter national and regional competitions and encouraged to compete and aspire for the top positions. 

 

Supporting Our Curriculum with Engineering

At least a third of the curriculum time is spent developing Engineering skills. Engineering lessons are delivered by a curriculum which is built and designed in conjunction with our employer partners. They undertake a variety of exciting Employer led Engineering projects and Employer led Innovation challenges.  These develop a student’s technical skills but also the ability to be able to research, plan, and problem solving. Because they are led by our employer partners theses are real life engineering problems to overcome and solve and the students have the opportunity to see the projects launched by real industry engineers, experience master class workshops and have their work evaluated by engineers of today. 

We are a STEM specialist school and the innovative projects are extended to STEM ‘step up’ days where students will have the opportunities to use their engineering skills and STEM subject knowledge, they have developed to solve real life global issues and compete in STEM awards. Our students have the opportunity to engage in other engineering and non-engineering interest through an enrichment curriculum after school. They can experience things like, ‘Get fit for forces’, Vex, Robot wars, computer programming, Lego, among many more. 

Supporting Our Curriculum with Health Sciences and Social Care

 At least a third of the curriculum time is spent developing Health Science and Care values. Health Science and Social Care lessons are delivered by a curriculum which is built and designed in conjunction with our employer partners. They undertake a variety of exciting Employer led  projects and throughout the three years with us work towards the Junior Care Certificate endorsed by Care Plus Group.  These develop a student’s technical skills but also the ability to be able to demonstrate and deliver key critical care values such as working in a person centred way, working with privacy and dignity, preventing infection and controlling the spread are just a few examples. Because they are led by our employer partners these are real- life health science and social care problems and situations  to overcome and master and the students have the opportunity to see the projects launched by real industry health professionals, experience simulation workshops in our own dedicated care suite and health laboratory and have their work evaluated by the health professionals themselves. 

We are a STEM specialist school and the innovative projects are extended to STEM ‘step up’ days where students will have the opportunities to use their engineering skills and STEM subject knowledge, they have developed to solve real life global issues and compete in STEM awards. Our students have the opportunity to engage in other engineering/ health care and social care and other interests through an enrichment curriculum after school. They can experience things like, ‘Get fit for forces’, Vex, Robot wars, computer programming, Lego, among many more. 

Supporting Curriculum with First Class Employer Engagement and Development of Employability Skills

Students not only experience employer partners leading their engineering projects but have a wealth of other experiences from exciting trips to local employers, work based mentors, and meaningful encounters with employers and partners to gain valuable employability skills and understand the world of work.  

Design Challenges, Skills Projects and Care Value projects that are directly linked to employers are more meaningful to students, with work significantly improved as a result of this interaction.  

 

Students in year 9 receive one careers lesson weekly, currently looking at Labour Market Information and changes/trends. They will go on to employability skills later in the term.  

Year 12 and 13 students receive two careers lessons per week, the first taught, and the second online packages including Unifrog, Be Ready and Eton X, with one-to-one support as required.  

 

Year 11 are coached and supported throughout their year 11 year to ensure applications are in, as well as CV creation for part-time work (first employability job).  

 

All students in year 10 and 12 receive one impartial CEIAG meeting per year. Students in year 11 and 13 receive two meetings, with SEND students having access to a third meeting, should they require it.  

 

Year 10 and 12 take part in ‘valuable’ work experience. Work experience is self-marketed in the first instance. We understand that not all students have contacts in industry, so we hold back some guaranteed valuable places for students needing support.  

 

Our sixth form is now in association with HETA who have agreed to work with us one morning per half term to further promote CV writing, excellent interview skills, etc.  

University are key supporters of our sixth form also, supporting with personal statements, understanding of student loans, pathways, etc.  

These valuable relationships support us in our goal of students having all of the information they need to choose their pathway to success.  

 

Once UTC, always UTC: Successful, sustainable destinations are central to everything we do, whether leaving in year 11 or year 13. Students are aware that at any time in the future they can contact us for support, no matter their age for us to advise them on jobs and learning for life.  

 

When monitoring the success of the careers programme, the school considers formal and informal measures, qualitative and quantitative data and hard and soft outcomes for students. The careers programme is evaluated in a number of ways, including:  

· Intended Destinations  

· Actual destinations and destination data collection for 3 years following leaving our education.  

· Support the North Lincolnshire September Guarantee and Activity Survey 

· Offering individualised support to those students who are at risk of becoming NEET 

 

Full information regarding our careers policy can be found here.

Skills Building

Every term you will be build key skills through a range of activities and opportunities, which are scheduled on a regular basis. These include the following: