Seaham High School Travel and Tourism department will develop and deliver a curriculum at KS4 that is highly engaging and designed to give all learners the knowledge and skills required to pursue further education within this subject area, or follow a career path within the industry if they so desire. Students will feel confident to debate and discuss their knowledge, share their viewpoints. They will develop effective communication skills and the ability to work more independently. Travel and tourism students will develop a broadened view of the industry they study and the contribution the travel and tourism industry has on a local, national and global scale. Students will develop an ability to investigate and reflect upon real world, current issues relating to the subject area that can be applied within in their learning and broaden their understanding of the subject and industry.
Implementation of the Travel and Tourism Curriculum:
Teachers of Travel and Tourism have a good knowledge of the subject and courses they teach. For any non-specialist teaching support and CPD is provided and ongoing. The curriculum will be delivered following the assessment plan, schemes of work will be followed to ensure content is covered across all course assessment objectives, all of which have been adapted to suit the needs of students during the COVID pandemic.
Internal assessments must be prepared for well with practise assignments or activities which demonstrate the skills set required for achievement have been developed, in order to promote independence. The teaching and learning activities delivered to support external examinations will see regular assessment of learning through short skills based test, aimed to promote student confidence and build on key areas of knowledge which can be retained. Teacher need to use assessment well and support the development appropriate exam technique required by students to respond effectively to questioning. Teacher will mark and feedback to students following school policy. Feedback on assessment preparation work will enable students to move forward with confidence into their formal assessments. All examination assessments will be formally moderated to ensure accuracy and constancy across the department.
Extra-curricular opportunities provided will be adapted to suit the current climate. Due to COVID restrictions guest speakers and links to industry will be communicated remotely, and will continue to be used to support student learning and assignment completion wherever possible. To maintain engagement in an industry that has been hugely affected by the COVID pandemic students will regularly review media coverage, articles and professional podcasts in relation to the impact on travel and tourism industry and most importantly is forecasted recovery both nationally and on a global scale.
During the COVID pandemic the google classroom platform will be used to communicate all lesson content/activities, homework and support materials, with live streaming of lessons where possible. This will support any students during any school closures, students who are isolating or absent and support continued engagement. During the COVID pandemic teachers have delivered blended learning, which still provided teaching and learning opportunities, which promoted positive outcomes.
Impact of the Travel and Tourism Curriculum:
Learners will develop detailed knowledge and skills across the curriculum and, as a result, achieve well. Where applicable, this is relevant in results from both formal internal and external assessments along with informal assignments and examinations. Learners are ready to move to the next stage in education, employment or training. Where applicable, they gain a BTEC level 2 qualification that allow them to go on to destinations that meet their interests and aspirations.
Assessment will be used throughout KS4 with the use of both internal and external components of work. Both elements of assessment will demonstrate students have developed the key knowledge and skills associated with the course assessment objectives. During the COVID pandemic, through a variety of teaching and learning activities, lessons have still enabled students to develop the required knowledge, understanding and key skills required to complete assessment work, supporting their confidence. The impact of this will be students will achieve well.