The aim of the policy is to provide an overarching framework which translates the values and aims of the school into effective teaching and learning so that all children reach their full potential. This is important for all learners including those classified as having special needs, those with English as an additional language, and the more able. It is important to recognise that the curriculum is not solely about the National Curriculum, although this is the legal foundation because it secures an entitlement for all students. The curriculum embraces all that is learned through school, whether it be in lessons or part of informal learning within and beyond the school day.
We believe that learning is an enjoyable, lifelong process through which everyone can achieve their potential and exceed their expectations. We will challenge and support our students to do their very best by providing an extensive range of learning experiences beyond the statutory requirement.
Roles and responsibilities of Headteacher, other staff, governors
The Headteacher will ensure that:
- all statutory elements of the curriculum, and other subjects which the school chooses to offer, including those taught off-site by other providers, have schemes of work or listed learning objectives which reflect the aims of the school and indicate how the needs of individual students will be met. This will include how the subject will be taught and assessed, and include cross curricular links, citizenship, literacy, numeracy and the use of ICT;
- the amount of time provided for teaching the curriculum is adequate and is reviewed by the Monitoring Committee regularly;
- where appropriate, the individual needs of some students are met by permanent or temporary disapplication from the National Curriculum;
- the procedures for assessment meet all legal requirements and students and their parents/carers receive information to show how much progress the students are making and what is required to help them improve;
- the governing body is fully involved in decision-making processes that relate to the breadth and balance of the curriculum;
- the governing body is advised on statutory targets in order to make informed decisions.
Other staff will ensure that:
- the school curriculum is implemented in accordance with this policy.
The Governing Body will ensure that:
- it considers the advice of the Headteacher when approving curriculum changes and when setting statutory and non-statutory targets;
- progress towards annual statutory targets is monitored;
- it participates actively in decision-making about the breadth and balance of the curriculum;
- ensure that staff understand that material of a religious, political or other sensitive nature must be presented to students in a balanced and sensitive way.