We aim to provide a rigorous curriculum that allows our students to use the skills learnt in problem solving to access their different pathways.
Head of Department
Implementation Key Principles:
- Opportunities are made for young people to practice their fluency in key learning are embedded in each lesson.
- Content is rich, relevant and reflective of the diverse world in which we live.
- Learning is sequenced to enable young people to develop knowledge and skills.
- Literacy is explicitly delivered across the curriculum.
- Learning is adapted to support the specific needs of individuals.
- A sustainable approach is supported through the curriculum.
- Resilience is promoted for students by frequent (low stakes) assessment to inform teaching
In classrooms, this may look like:
- Students are required to apply knowledge and skills to real-life problems (Reasoning and problem-solving questions)
- Key words are discussed in the "need to know" section of each lesson at the beginning of new learning.
- Carefully planned shared schema, developed by experts and tailored by teachers to meet the needs of teaching groups
- DO NOW tasks drawing on prior learning
- Signature strategies used for Checking Understanding, such as Show Call, Show Me, Intentional Monitoring
- Shared literacy and reading strategies in place, such as Inside Outside Beyond and whole class reading work
- Precise pedagogical decisions made for students with additional needs (EHCP, SEND K, PSP, Behavioural, PA) including additional adults, alternative resources or outcomes, seating arrangements, precise deployment of signature strategies
- Teaching which alters according to student understanding demonstrated both from assessment points and within lessons
In work produced, this may look like:
- Young people have teacher modelled examples in their books which can be referred to during independent practice.
- Young people will complete a significant number of questions supporting the new learning. These will mostly be self-assessed by students.
- Books will have evidence of reasoning and problem-solving questions in each lesson.
- Regular feedback, which addresses knowledge or skills gaps
- Opportunities for conscious practise by students (reteach episodes, ‘fix-it’ sessions, revision)
- Opportunities for self and peer assessment, engaging with success criteria
- As relevant to Key Stage, opportunities to engage with exam-style content
- Home learning will promote digital literacy in line with school strategy
For students, this experience may include:
- Throughout the young people's time with us, they have the opportunity to see how maths impacts on their lives beyond school including exposure to financial problem solving.
- Consistent staffing in lessons with teachers who know them and similar learning journeys across year groups
- Regular opportunities to engage with feedback on progress (parents’ evenings, progress grades, reports, assessment feedback, in-class feedback, marking)
- A clear sense of the curriculum journey leading to CEIAG – how can you pursue this field of study? What might it lead you to?
- Where students are taught by professionals at the start of their career, they can expect additional adults in classes supporting through a range of strategies (live coaching, learning walks, observations, team teaching)
Impact Key Principles
In evaluating the impact of our curriculum, we will consider:
- Outcomes data, such as A level and BTEC Results, GCSE results, Additional qualifications (sports leaders, community languages, Entry level qualifications) and the performance of vulnerable groups within that data
- Destinations data at common points of transition from the school (Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5)
- Internal and external Quality Assurance processes (Ark review processes, governor accountability processes, internal audit processes, Ofsted)
- The development of professionals into experts in their field through their work in supporting colleagues, supporting other schools, developing curriculum resource, becoming examiners etc.