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. We aim to maximise their cognitive development, as well as the individual talents of each student. Grace Academy Darlaston aims to develop the whole person, so that in the future our pupils can become active and economically self-sufficient citizens.
At the heart of our curriculum lies a respect for the subjects we teach, and for the insight that each provides into the world around us. We help children develop their ability to think, how to criticise information, and how to be active rather than passive recipients of information. Each of these skills are taught within the context of the rich knowledge each subject provides.
Our coherent and balanced curriculum underpins the very essence of 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. The development of a knowledge led curriculum allows pupils to become more comfortable and confident within wider society.
Simply… knowledge is not an imposition. It is a 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 coherent long-term curricular journey in each subject discipline.
- Understand the interrelationship between different stages of curricular planning (lesson by lesson, sequence, year)
- Shows the curriculum itself as a progression model
- 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.
Our teachers are responsible for enabling pupils to build up a coherent and substantial body of knowledge by supporting them to become active participants within their own learning through developing activities that allow pupils to apply knowledge themselves. Teachers will tailor and adapt support for individual pupils, whether that be through ensuring the most able are challenged, or supporting those with specific barriers to their learning. We have the highest expectations of our pupils, and opportunities to enhance and extend their learning through meaningful home learning and experiences outside the classroom are exploited. Subject expertise is used to provide precise feedback which pupils act upon and respond to, so that they can make rapid progress.
Through the careful design of the curriculum and assessment across subjects throughout the school, 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 & progressdata for all students
- For students to want to come to school, and for attendance to be on or above 97%.
- 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.