The Complementary Curriculum exists to bridge the gap between classroom and life skills, with the aim of equipping our pupils to make informed choices, whether they’re dealing with the complexity of relationships, balancing a budget or deciding where to cast a vote
Anais Seager, Head of Complementary Curriculum, is responsible for developing and leading the programme which runs for all year groups. It is a “staircase” programme with core topics building in depth and detail over each academic year.
The Complementary Curriculum is designed to help pupils:
• Work out how to deal with challenges in their lives, such as friendships, self-confidence and peer pressure, and find ways to look after each other as well as themselves
• Keep in touch with what’s going on in the world, from politics to medicine and the environment, encouraging them to form opinions based on evidence, question received opinions and think independently
• Understand better the issues and opportunities they may encounter, by bringing in outside speakers with experience of different issues.
The fact that complementary curriculum lessons are on the timetable, and not an optional extra, demonstrates the importance we attach to this aspect of a Dauntsey’s education. We want our pupils to be aware of their individual strengths and qualities and to look after themselves and those around them. We aim to encourage pupils to become flexible, intellectually curious thinkers in a school environment which promotes self-confidence, well-being, and a feeling of self-worth.
All lessons draw on pupils’ experiences and interests and they are encouraged to take an active role in the lessons. Through the programme, pupils develop self-confidence, learn to take steps in enhancing mental well-being, foster empathy and develop an appreciation of individual and collective rights and responsibilities.
The aim is to promote and develop emotional literacy as well as the personal skills and attitudes that our pupils will need to lead happy and fulfilled lives. Each session provides a space to voice concerns and talk about worries – the better we all are at talking and listening, the happier we will be
Inevitably new issues emerge all the time and the curriculum is designed to be as flexible as possible to introduce new themes and react to changes as required.
Education isn’t confined to a classroom, I want our pupils to gain practical skills, to learn more about themselves and work within a team as well as enjoy a welcome contrast to the intensity of the exams
Mark Lascelles, Head Master