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Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is holistic to provide the full range of learning and development needed for each of our students to be successful throughout life. Each of our provisions tailors their curriculum to match the needs of the current cohort so we are highly committed as a Group to being innovation, solutions-focused and proactive to mould a curriculum for the specific needs of each child. We create opportunities to track progress across the three areas of our curriculum design: safeguarding; wellbeing and academic progress.

Our focus is tailored across the diverse needs of each unique provision and see each one for the precise details of their current offer. This will always include the key priorities of English; Maths; Science and SMSC. Our curriculum aims to promote confidence, transferrable skills for success lifelong and includes growth mindset principles to empower our young people to  thrive and set themselves aspirational goals. Achievement and progress are fundamental as well as developing active leadership skills to enable our young people to make a positive difference to the Waltham Forest and beyond.

Our students at KS4 are very successful in sitting GCESs in the core subjects of: Mathematics; English Language; English Literature; Science; ART; Functional Skills and a range of options that may have been started in their mainsteam school.  We review our curriculum on a regular basis to ensure it meets the needs of our changing cohort and include a flexible choice of vocational Unit Awards to support progress in employability areas.

Curriculum Aims

To create:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning; make good progress and achieve excellence.
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.

It is essential that the curriculum is organised in such a way that it provides students with the opportunity to learn expected behaviours and be successful in their learning so that we can deliver our mission and aims.

Curriculum Intent

To develop a curriculum which:

  • Creates an aspirational high achievement culture.
  • ignites a passion for learning and a growth mindset
  • Takes into account individual needs and styles.
  • Allows everyone to experience success.
  • Raises standards of attainment and progress. 
  • Identifies each individual's needs and growth areas
  • is holistic with a strong focus on wellbeing; safeguarding and achievement throughout life

Curriculum Principles

  • Clear progress over the time they are with us
  • accelerating  progress to aim for successful reintegration back into mainstream.
  • There should be depth before breadth.  Maximise learning time in all subjects.
  • Additional time is given to English and Mathematics to ensure that students have the essential skills needed for life and to access the full curriculum.
  • Targeted support and additional challenge to ensure all students make at least national rates of progress.
  • Ensure all students’ progress is in line with national expectations.
  • Deep Learning Weeks to address SMSC and aspirations.
  • To support induction into next steps for all students
  • Additional time will be offered for sports, arts, catch-up and master classes through an extended schools programme in the Spring and Summer term

The curriculum at both KS3 and KS4 includes:

  • English – including English mastery
  • Mathematics – including maths mastery
  • Science
  • Languages if deemed appropriate
  • Humanities – History, Geography
  • Performing Arts – Drama and Music
  • Creative Arts – Art and Design
  • Computing an integrated approach within wider subjects
  • Physical Education (two hours per week)
  • Preparation for Adult Life – Covers PSCHE and Study Skills

For students who are behind in their chronological reading age, additional support is provided through withdrawal to enable them to rapidly catch up.

Reading Matters

Reading helps develop vocabulary, improve written and verbal communication and gives the child access to facts, new ideas and opinions, which they may otherwise never hear about. That is why it is so important to encourage children to read! We enrich pupils reading experiences by giving them challenging extracts from a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts. We seek to broaden this aspect of their cultural capital.

Deep Learning Days planned for 2019 onwards, when the normal lesson timetable is suspended, these take place during the year.  These days allow students to learn in different ways such as off site, with external providers and a range of students.   These days cover subjects such as Staying Safe, British Values, Study Skills, Pathways and Work-ready Skills. This is part of our planned curriculum but may involve other providers such as Spark for Life and wider university and work placement opportunities.