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Consett Academies Curriculum Intent

The curriculum at Consett Academy aims to embrace the core values of resilience, aspiration, respect, honesty and tolerance.  The Academy fosters a culture of aspiration in which all students aim to achieve their full potential both in academic excellence and beyond.

At the heart of our school Transformation Plan is our 3 belief statements:

  1. “We believe teaching should inspire a passion for learning and a curriculum that nurtures confidence and self-worth”.
  2. “We believe that good vocabulary and oracy is at the heart of every lesson and is the key to lifelong success”.
  3. “We believe all our staff should feel fulfilled and be empowered to innovate and take risks”.

We believe our curriculum is at the heart of our school and good vocabulary and oracy are the cornerstone of this curriculum. It is every student’s right to experience a curriculum offer that will not only progress and deepen their learning but will add wider value through cultural capital. We believe in a broad and balanced curriculum regardless of starting points (over the years we have consistently entered significant numbers for the Ebacc suite). As a consequence, students leave our school equipped and fully prepared for the next stage of their education as proven by our very low NEET figures.

The curriculum has been designed to be inclusive throughout the key stages, offering all the opportunity to be challenged at their individual ability.  We have a key focus on those who are HPA, encouraging a pathway leading towards an academic post 16 offer. We have taken into account the slightly higher than national average PP students, the increasing number of LAC and our SEND students and have considered what would be the best curriculum to ensure all abilities and all groups receive an education that meets their needs. We have dedicated senior staff who are responsible for these key groups of students.

It is important that we consider the curriculum as a 5-year pathway rather than a Key Stage 3 and a Key Stage 4 pathway.  This philosophy of moving to a 5-7 year curriculum offers Consett the opportunity to be creative in the curriculum to engage and enthuse students across all of the year groups.  The implementation of the curriculum for all subjects is done with this in mind to ensure that we best meet the needs of all our students.

Our ASPIRE programme is the backbone of our curriculum. It is an expectation that every student is on a journey of discovery and self-improvement throughout their time with us. This encompasses daily lessons and a myriad of additional out of class opportunities with students ‘graduating’ at the end of each year when they have completing the core area of their Passport.

To support progress and achievement we use the ‘Level Best’ strategy to meaningfully engage with our challenging and vulnerable children – whoever they may be.

It is essential that the curriculum is organised in such a way that it provides students with the opportunity to learn expected behaviours and to be successful in their learning so that they can be:

•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.

To do so we aim to develop a curriculum which:

•Creates an aspirational high achievement culture.

•Takes into account individual needs and style.

•Allows everyone to experience success.

•Raises standards of attainment.

 

Lead member of staff Rachel Somerville

 

Updated September 2019