We firmly believe that all children, irrespective of their starting point, are entitled to a broad and ambitious 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 reflects the Northern Education Trust vision of ‘outcomes focused, child centred’. Our curriculum delivers vital subject knowledge and skills, which are complemented by a raft of enrichment activities that broaden and extend the student experience.
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. Equality of opportunity is a key principle in the design of our curriculum model and we fully support the entitlement that students have to study the English Baccalaureate.
On this page you will find our Curriculum Statement of Intent and Curriculum Overview for our current curriculum model.
We operate a 3:2 curriculum model with three years assigned for the delivery of our Year 7, 8 and 9 programmes of study. These programmes of study have been carefully crafted to ensure that they go beyond the requirements set out by the National Curriculum.
At the end of Year 9, students opt for subjects that they will study in Years 10 and 11 and they complete those subjects by the end of Year 11. Our highly flexible two year curriculum delivered in Years 10 and 11 allows us to create personalised guided pathways for our students.
In addition to a focus on cross-curricular skills, we use the co-curriculum to enhance wider personal development and promote positive attitudes to learning.
The co-curriculum underpins our school culture and prepares students for life in modern Britain through the teaching of responsibility, respect, tolerance and acceptance in everything we do.
Curriculum Equality and Diversity
At Northern Education Trust equality and diversity is promoted through an inclusive curriculum offer. We provide all of our students with the opportunity to succeed and to reach the highest level of personal achievement.
We shall achieve this by:
- The promotion of equality of opportunity
- Challenging discrimination in all areas of the curriculum
- Ensuring that curriculum planning will take account of the needs of all
- Monitoring and evaluating curriculum provision at academy and Trust wide level so that it represents a diverse culture and society and encourages tolerance and respect.
- Ensuring that the teaching methods used in the delivery of the curriculum will be diverse and appropriate for all needs and learning styles
- Providing resources that reflect and promote equal access for all
- Promoting cultural understanding and awareness through the content and delivery of the curriculum
- Actively closing gaps in attainment and achievement between students for all groups of students; especially students eligible for Pupil Premium, students with special educational needs and disabilities, looked after children and students from minority ethnic groups.
Statement of Intent
The LIFE curriculum is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives.
The LIFE curriculum encompasses:
- Religious Education (RE)
- Personal, Health, Social and Economic education (PHSE)
- Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education (SMSC)
- Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)
- Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG).
The formal delivery of lessons is supported by the co-curricular offer.
The curriculum offer has been carefully constructed using the statutory guidance from the DFE, the PHSE association framework, RE for REal, Religion and Worldviews: The Way Forward (Final Report) , the Gatsby benchmarks and expertise within the academy and Trust.
The academy aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of learning, grouped into five core themes:
- Living in the Wider World
- Health & Wellbeing including Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)
- Global citizenship
- World Views including Religious Education (RE)
- Careers education
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Curriculum Lead for Thornaby Academy