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Teaching and Learning

Our approach

We believe that the Trust’s role is to create the climate for possibility, investing in a broad and balanced curriculum and assessment framework with associated professional development that will bring about the best teaching and facilitate the greatest learning.

The key to learning is an exciting, broad and relevant curriculum that acknowledges all children are different and need access to a range of experiences; where skilled teaching is about provoking curiosity, engaging interest, encouraging creativity and stimulating learning not just delivery of content. The responsibility for getting this important job done will be devolved to individual academies.

Our curriculum framework

All of our primary phase academies are required to adopt the Primary National Curriculum for key stages 1 and 2.  Academies with Early Years classes also adhere to the requirements of the statutory guidance in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (April 2017, updated February 2018). Individual academies have responsibility for tailoring the curriculum to meet the needs of the children in their school community.  Academies also have responsibility for ensuring that they have a planned programme of assessment so that they can monitor and evaluate the impact of their curriculum on pupils’ learning and development.

All of our academies are expected to ensure that their curriculum design includes:

  • Access to a high quality broad and balanced curriculum which includes opportunities to try new things, pursue special interests and develop individual talents
  • Carefully chosen and carefully placed component parts that enable pupils to know and remember more about their learning
  • Regular opportunities to rehearse and apply prior learning to help pupils learn and assimilate new content
  • Wider opportunities and experiences that raise pupils’ aspirations and helps them set and achieve personal goals
  • Equality of opportunity and closing the gap for disadvantaged pupils
  • Provision for pupils to acquire a strong command of the basics of English and mathematics
  • A focus on fostering an enjoyment of learning and a thirst for more
  • Acquisition of effective skills, knowledge and understanding in all subjects
  • An emphasis on developing the confidence and skills to help pupils move successfully into the next stage of their education and/or into employment
  • Promotion of the fundamental British values so that all pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain
  • Opportunities to build pupils’ confidence, ambition and team-work skills and to develop their entrepreneurial thinking
  • Teaching pupils how to maintain good mental and physical health, which will support them throughout their lives
  • Opportunities for parents/carers to be involved in and to support their child’s learning

Standards of teaching and learning

Standards of teaching and learning of the highest quality are secured through:

  • Ensuring all staff have access to a wide range of high quality, focused CPD to help them to continuously improve their practice and be innovative in their teaching
  • Strategic deployment of staff within and across our academies
  • Sharing expertise across academies
  • Offering attractive employment conditions so that high quality staff want to work in our academies
  • Ensuring staff have access to the resources they need to help them teach well
  • Ensuring our academy leaders support and develop their staff and take action to address any underperformance
  • Robust Trust wide monitoring of the impact of teaching, learning and the curriculum on pupils’ achievement with swift support to secure any areas for improvement

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