The BOA curriculum
At BOA Stage and Screen Production Academy we are committed to providing high quality, industry-led education which develops the skills and experience of young people who are passionate about working in the technical and production industry. Our students strive to be exceptional in all areas, with their knowledge and skills being uniquely enhanced by work experience opportunities with our creative partners. Our curriculum is designed to provide a dynamic and personalised learning journey for each individual student. We seek to unlock each student’s potential, developing their knowledge and skills through practical group sessions, tutorials, research and work experience.
Our intention is:
- To provide a varied vocational curriculum which promotes the key learning attributes of creativity, integrity, resilience, self-management and collaboration.
- To offer a challenging, individualised curriculum, preparing students with transferable skills and providing a stepping stone into work, apprenticeships or higher education.
- To inspire students to enjoy learning and to strive towards excellence in all areas of Academy life.
- To support all students to reach a high standard of literacy and numeracy skills through specific teaching and application of these skills to learning across the curriculum.
- To ensure staffing has maximum impact on outstanding progress and learning alongside a commitment to the vision and values of the Academy.
- To promote a sense of community for the students at the Academy, where all feel included and supported and valued.
- To prepare students for life in modern British society by fostering in them attitudes and qualities which enable them to become confident, caring, respectful and responsible citizens.
- Course pathways provide students with unparalleled opportunities to pursue their ambitions in film, TV, online and theatre production. Teachers ensure that lesson content is knowledge-rich and skills-rich, as well as being industry focused and industry engaged.
- Teachers are fully aware of how their specialist area and individual teaching contribute to an overall pathway and to the Academy’s ‘big picture’.
- Teachers have excellent knowledge of the subjects they teach and are encouraged to refine their knowledge and skills through training, sharing best practice and undertaking relevant research. Curriculum leaders provide colleagues with effective support for planning, resourcing and teaching.
- Teachers are reflective practitioners who explore the ‘best ways’ to teach subject content to ensure lessons are both engaging and purposeful.
- Teachers promote the importance of good literacy and numeracy skills as key ways of unlocking the curriculum.
- All subject areas ensure that curriculum content is delivered in a logical and progressive order to build students’ knowledge and skills.
- Lessons provide frequent opportunities for discussion to embed essential knowledge, extend thinking, check understanding, identify misconceptions, and provide clear and direct feedback.
- Teachers use assessment effectively to check understanding and inform next steps so that knowledge and skills are gained, applied and consolidated.
- Students achieve well by developing essential knowledge and skills as they progress through their course pathways.
- Students demonstrate excellence through the work they produce, which the Academy recognises and promotes in order to inspire excellent outcomes in others.
- Students leave the Academy with excellent preparation for their next step of work, apprenticeship or higher education. Students are developed academically, creatively and personally, leaving the Academy with a love of learning. Students also demonstrate a clear understanding of how to stay safe, and how to contribute to society in responsible, respectful manner.