Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Advisory Curriculum

Our Advisory curriculum aims to ensure that our students have access to a range of learning opportunities. Our Advisory curriculum explores aspects of PSHCE/SMSC within a secure and safe setting. Learning takes place through weekly assemblies and character development sessions. In addition to this we utilise time to develop numeracy and literacy skills, not as an add on to maths and English, but to build the foundation blocks for lessons to enable our students to achieve beyond their target levels. Celebrating student success is a key driver behind our Advisory curriculum, PRIDE assembly forms an essential part of this culture of celebration and the OADV challenge allows time to reflect on achievements.

The Advisory curriculum is part of our promise to deliver ‘exceptional education in the heart of the community’ and to ensure that our students become the outstanding citizens we believe they can be.

Advisory Curriculum Timetable

Character Development and Assembly programme

Assemblies will introduce themes and foci to encourage critical thinking. The program of assemblies is designed to cover a range of topics throughout the year ensuring that students have opportunity to explore aspects of SMSC, PSHE and Citizenship. The themes introduced in assembly will be examined further during Character Development sessions. Through assemblies and Character Development sessions students will be provided with the tools and essential knowledge to become educated, well-rounded citizens. Every Monday, during OADV challenge students will have opportunity to reflect on their achievements from the previous week and explore how they have embedded the Academy values. Pride assembly forms an essential part of the Advisory curriculum, during this session student achievements are celebrated through pupil appreciations and our inter-advisory league. The pride assembly is an integral part of the Academy instilling the culture of celebration into our Academy.


The combination of our assembly programme and Character Development sessions aim to encompass our language, values and wider curriculum to ensure that we enrich our students with the skills and knowledge to be successful in all they endeavour to accomplish.


As part of the Advisory programme, teachers deliver two guided reading sessions a week, these are known as E.R.I.C sessions (Everybody Reading in Class). 

Text choices for directed E.R.I.C sessions are ambitious and appropriate for our academies’ context in order to promote an enjoyment of reading and introduce our students to a range of tier 2 vocabulary.  The texts have been carefully selected to also appeal to our students’ interests as well as to widen their knowledge and understanding of different eras, cultures and beliefs.  We ensure that students experience modern and more traditional texts as well as those from writers of both genders and from different cultures in order to promote diversity, acceptance and tolerance. The novels our students access during ERIC time are shown below:


Boy - Roald Dahl

I am Malala - Malala Yousafzai

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone - J.K Rowling


Goodnight Mr Tom - Michelle Magorian

Ghost Boys - Jewell Parker Rhodes

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - C.S Lewis


Animal Farm - George Orwell

The Diary of Anne Frank

1984 - George Orwell



The Day

‘The Day’ is an invaluable resource that exposes our students to impeccable journalism. Each week students are introduced to clear, balanced, non-fiction articles to encourage our students to take an interest in and form their own opinion on the leading news stories from around the world. They see links between what is happening and their subjects in school; they see that it is relevant to them. This weekly session is aimed to encourage our students to engage in current affairs and make them well-rounded citizens.


Versatile Vocabulary

A large and rich vocabulary is the hallmark of an educated individual. Therefore, to enrich our student's knowledge of vocabulary OADV will launch a whole school approach with the use of a versatile vocabulary list. Versatile Vocabulary are words that can be used across the curriculum and applied to a range of contexts. The vocabulary is arranged in pairs or binary opposites (extreme opposites that contrast with each other). They are words that will help students express their ideas in a confident way if they are used carefully and correctly. They should be learned and used to help improve written expression in all subjects.

Students will receive a vocabulary list in their 100% booklet at the start of the year and will be included in every subsequent booklet throughout the year. This list contains of 30 pairs and will be highlighted throughout the year through the use of a ‘Word Pair of the Week’ (WPotW).

Advisory Math Curriculum

The activities used in the advisory sessions dedicated to maths should serve two main purposes. The first is to enable students to secure a strong foundation in the basic numeracy skills that allow access to all areas of maths. The second is to develop an enjoyment of maths by celebrating the success and progress made by different students.


Year 7 and 8

Numeracy Ninjas tests cover all the areas of numeracy that students require to be successful mathematicians. Students will self-mark the work and scores collected by the advisory teachers. These scores will be collated and reviewed by the maths department, so that they can be used to look into the deployment of additional intervention support.

Year 9

There will be a change in year 9 to a programme created in house. This will follow a similar format to the numeracy ninja’s, but with a significant increase in difficulty. This will also allow us to increase the use of spaced learning to revisit topics at a suitable point after they have been covered in lessons. As with the Numeracy Ninja’s programme, the data will also be used to inform advisory intervention sessions.

Student achievements in the Math’s section of the Advisory curriculum are celebrated through postcards home.

If you are wanting any specific questions about the curriculum answered, please do not hesitate to contact the Academy reception on 0114 2200 400


KS3 Advisory Curriculum Learning Journey