Our football themed curriculum aims to tap into young people’s passions and learning styles in order to create transformative learning experiences. Across the course of the programme our young people take part in high profile, six week projects which culminate in creating a public product that is meaningful that they can take pride in such as a magazine, presentation or video. We see this as a key part in young people developing a more positive attitude towards learning.
The majority of these projects are delivered with external partners such as Nike, Gillette and the FA. This allows us to provide high quality materials, unforgettable learning experiences, and excellent showcase venues.
How it works
Year 1 of programme aims to improve behaviour for learning and focuses on developing self-awareness, self-regulation and social awareness. Year 2 of the programme is focused on improving attitudes to learning with projects designed to include transformative learning experiences which are intended to engage young people with learning and support them to develop skills which will support them to access the wider school curriculum. Year 3 of the programme is focused on developing the tools required for GCSE success such as metacognition, literacy and study skills.
Example schemes of work from the FBB Curriculum
Year 1: Be Your Best Self (Responsible Decision Making)
The ‘Be Your Best Self’ project gives young people the chance to explore the various ways that they can become the best version of themselves and communicate this effectively to those around them. By exploring and practicing active listening skills, the use of positive body language and how to effectively handle conflict and difficult situations, our young people work towards writing and designing a guidebook for young aspiring footballers and their peers. This handbook sets out how they can manage themselves socially and emotionally to get the best out of themselves at school and in wider life.
Public Product – Players’ Handbook – here
Year 2: What Makes A Man (Transformational Learning Project)
What Makes A Man is an exploration of masculinity in the modern era. Aimed primarily at young men, the project begins by exploring the various ways that society conditions young men to adopt a narrow set of masculine traits and behaviours. It then looks at how these learned behaviours can be problematic both for the mental health and wellbeing of young men and for society at large. The project allows space for boys to decide for themselves what will help them grow and move towards a positive masculine identity that is conducive to success and engagement at school. Throughout the project, the boys work towards creating ‘The Man Book’, a public product which showcases their learning and creative pieces created along the way.
Public Product – The Man Book here
Year 3: The Town (Descriptive Writing)
‘The Town’ is a project designed to develop young people’s creative and descriptive writing skills in line with AQA GCSE English language learning objectives. Taking a fictional town and its recently successful lower league football team as a starting point, ‘The Town’ allows our young people to really get into the minds of characters that they find interesting and relatable and use this insight to construct high quality pieces of writing that they can be proud of. With a mid-project trip to a seaside town in England, ‘The Town’ brings learning to life and uses novel and engaging experiences as the basis of informed, high quality writing. Incorporating photography along the way, young people work towards creating a book and exhibition of their images and accompanying descriptive writing which showcases skill, an interest and passion in writing and pieces of work that thy can be proud of.