Our curriculum offer is inspiring, imaginative, responsive and engaging. It is based on the mastery principal that every child is capable of deep learning and understanding, given the opportunity. Our curriculum is broad and balanced but is based firmly on a set of metacognitive skills that transcend every field of human endeavour. It is fundamentally important to the Trust that all learners are supported to develop reflectiveness, resilience, and a love of learning throughout their lives.
Upon joining the Trust, we would undertake a risk assessment which is included in our due diligence processes. The impact of the curriculum on pupil outcomes and whether it meets the needs of learners would be included in this. In our experience, common themes in how the curriculum is delivered, that results in outstanding outcomes for children are:
- English and maths are taught in the morning (Maths is set from year 3 upwards)
- Early morning work that focuses on basic skills
- A structured and systematic approach to the teaching of reading, phonics, spelling and handwriting. Our preferred phonics programme is Letters and Sounds that is delivered using the Soundswrite methodology.
- Other subjects mostly being taught in the afternoons through a topic based approach.
- Music, language and PE lessons taught discreetly by specialists.
Where the risk assessments reveal concerns around the impact of the existing curriculum, we would work within the principle of ‘earned autonomy’ – if it can be demonstrated and evidenced that different approaches are have an impact on pupil outcomes then schools can forge their own approach.
As learning can and must happen within, after and outside of school hours we will work with you to provide high quality after school clubs and also childcare. We will seek to use the resources already available and collaborate with those professionals to "spot the possible" in pupils. We will commission services that are practical and on site so as many pupils as possible can gain access. It is our belief that our schools will be a lever to stimulate the creativity and imagination of children and young people.