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We firmly believe that all children, irrespective of their starting point, are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum. To that end, we are delighted to offer an innovative and knowledge rich curriculum, which enables any student within Northern Education Trust to fulfil their potential and develop the all-important skills and qualities, which will serve them well in later life. The curriculum is designed to give all students the opportunity to develop as enquiring individuals who feel valued and respected, so that they, in turn, learn to value those around them.
This policy sets out the academy’s aims, principles and procedures for the delivery of the curriculum at Northern Education Trust – Kearsley Academy. It reflects the values and philosophy of Northern Education Trust (NET) and it gives a framework for staff, both teaching and non-teaching, to provide engaging learning opportunities for all of our learners. This policy is intended to be used in conjunction with the Learning Journeys for each subject area which detail the learning experience for students in each year group. The curriculum in each Northern Education Trust Academy is an extended curriculum which is personalised for each learner to meet his/her needs. Flexibility in the curriculum allows for adaptations to be made that are responsive to the needs of both individuals and groups of students as they progress through our Academy.
Northern Education Trust seeks to support our students by offering a curriculum that is broad and balanced and appropriate to the students’ ages, abilities and aptitudes. Northern Education Trust values its freedom to make decisions relating to the curriculum, utilising the National Curriculum, the professionalism of its staff and educational best practice to inform appropriate decisions. Our curriculum includes various extra-curricular activities that are organised in order to enrich our students’ experiences as well as the ‘hidden curriculum’ – what the students learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave.
Our curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and that enable personal growth and development. We want our students to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while at the same time develop their knowledge and skills in order to achieve their true potential. Accordingly, Northern Education Trust – Kearsley Academy provides an educational environment which is caring, friendly, well-structured, positive and academically challenging for each individual student.
Below are the features of our students that we value significantly, upon which we have based our curriculum. These are not in any order of importance as we value all of these features equally.
Our aims are that:
English and Maths are at the heart of success in learning. We place great emphasis on these subject areas and provide additional support to students when they need it. This includes encouraging reading and numeracy skills. We want students to be enthusiastic readers as a springboard to achievement in the curriculum but also as a source of pleasure.
The curriculum will have different learning blocks which will be finely tailored to ensure each student has a programme of learning which engages them and sets goals which they will be motivated to achieve. We will track and monitor each student’s progress to make sure they are doing their best so that we can provide any additional support that is needed.
We are aiming to make all lessons outstanding. Teachers will plan and prepare effectively and make lessons as engaging as possible using the very best practice. There will be opportunities, through the design of our new building, to model excellent teaching and learning and to show how students can actively drive their own learning.
Northern Education Trust – Kearsley Academy aims to provide an inclusive education ensuring that we meet all students’ individual needs and that educational provision is tailored to help students overcome their barriers to learning.
Students’ progress is rigorously monitored and a programme of intervention lessons for each year group is designed by the Academy Leadership Team and the appropriate Learning Manager. Subject leaders and teachers commit to delivering support through these intervention lessons in order to ensure that all students make progress towards, and even beyond, their subject targets.
For timetabling purposes each year group is divided into two equal half-year populations. To ensure each student receives tailored teaching that is specific for their own skill and ability level, we set all year groups in our core subjects.
Students are set based on end of Key Stage 2 examinations in English and mathematics in the first instance. The sets are then reviewed following significant assessment points throughout the year.
Students in Years 7 and 8 are deemed to be in Lower school. They will study:
During Year 8, students will start their first ‘Pathways’ process, where they will be awarded subjects they are successful in to study further in the Upper school. Details of the individual subjects can be found in the Upper school section.
It should be noted, in our curriculum model students will undertake additional ‘Pathways’ processes in years 9, 10 and 11 where necessary to ensure every student in the academy is on the correct path to achieve their very best.
Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 are deemed to be in Upper school.
Students in Upper school must study:
Students may also have the opportunity to study a selection of subjects from the following list. A students selection will be determined by their individual pathway:
(Please note – we can not guarantee a students choices will be met. A full process of guidance will be provided during the pathways process in year 8)
Students must also study religious education (RE), and secondary schools must provide sex education. The content of these two subjects is decided locally but must remain within the law. All secondary schools are responsible for providing careers, enterprise education and citizenship. At Kearsley Academy the content of RE, PSHCE and sex education is delivered through our ‘Life’ curriculum. Life is a timetabled lesson which takes place once per week for students in Y7 to 10.
Schools organise their own timetable, and can decide what else to teach their students. The curriculum on offer is reviewed every year and adjusted, where necessary, according to the learning needs of the students in a particular band.