The Curriculum at Grace Academy Darlaston
Our curriculum has been designed to provide our pupils with the core knowledge which provides the foundation to their future and has been sequenced and planned so we can develop confident individuals who can become active and economically self-sufficient citizens. The curriculum we offer is broad and has been planned in a way to support students to be successful and resilient within their learning. We aim to maximise each pupil’s cognitive development, as well as the individual talents of each student.
At the heart of our curriculum are our students. We aim to provide pupils with the ability to think, criticise information, and how to be active rather than passive learners. Our balanced curriculum underpins what we are trying to do. Staff are united in their desire to enable all pupils to make progress. There is a requirement for pupils to have specific subject knowledge, skills and understanding in a broad range of disciplines, which allows pupils to become more comfortable and confident within wider society.
Simply put… knowledge is not an imposition. It is the key to removing social barriers and opening the door to opportunity.
Learning in the classroom is supported by teaching that:
- Is planned as a part of a long-term curricular journey in each subject, promoting the development of knowledge and skills.
- Shows the curriculum as a progressive model, linking learning across lessons, topics and years allowing pupils to develop their understanding.
- Has both formative and summative assessment planned across the curriculum that is rigorous and purposeful.
- Enables pupils to recognise their progress over time so they can articulate the learning they have secured, and what their next steps will be.
- All Staff are expected to be pro-active in their own professional development.
As teachers, we are responsible for enabling pupils to build up a substantial body of knowledge by supporting them to become active participants within their own learning, developing activities that allow pupils to apply knowledge themselves. Lessons and activities should be planned to allow for pupils to develop independence, collaboration skills and encourage their desire to want to learn. Teachers should tailor support for individual pupils, whether that be ensuring the most able are challenged or supporting those with specific barriers to their learning. We have the highest expectations of our pupils, and experiences outside the classroom are exploited wherever possible. Subject expertise is used to provide precise and specific feedback that allows for misconceptions to be addressed and rapid progress to be made. Our curriculum gives pupils the opportunity to access a range of knowledge which in turn makes them better prepared for a world beyond the school gate.
Through the design of the curriculum and the effective planning for assessment opportunities across all subjects, there should be evidence that:
- Students have more knowledge and will be able to recall and apply information to a range of situations.
- Our school will continue to improve attainment & progress data for all students.
- For students to want to come to school, and for attendance to be on or above 96%.
- To reduce the number of NEET (not in education, employment or training) students, as they will have the skills and attributes which enable them to be successful and be able to contribute to wider society.