School Curriculum

Purpose

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 pupils to do their very best by providing an extensive range of learning experiences (see also ‘School Aims’).

Who/what was consulted

Consultation was through a questionnaire to parents and discussions with staff and governors.  The National Curriculum Handbook, DfES circulars and guidance from Qualifications and Curriculum Authority also informed the policy.

Relationship to other policies

The school policy on the curriculum embraces policies and procedures for admissions, assessment, charging, collective worship, drug education, equal opportunities, health and safety, homework, lettings, performance management, race equality, school visits, session times, SEN, sex education and teaching and learning.

Roles and responsibilities of headteacher, other staff, governors

The headteacher will ensure that:

  • All statutory elements of the curriculum, and those subjects which the school chooses to offer, have aims and objectives which reflect the aims of the school and indicate how the needs of individual pupils will be met.  This will include how the subject will be taught and assessed.
  • The amount of time provided for teaching the curriculum is adequate and is reviewed by the Curriculum Committee.
  • Where appropriate, the individual needs of some pupils are met by permanent or temporary disapplication from the National Curriculum.
  • The procedures for assessment meet all legal requirements, and pupils and their parents/carers receive information to show how much progress the pupils are making, how they compare with national expectations, 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 and resulting actions in order to make informed decisions.

It is the responsibility of the headteacher to ensure that reference is made to this policy in other associated policies, and where changes are made to this policy, all other school policies and procedures are checked/amended.

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 this curriculum policy and when setting statutory and non-statutory targets.
  • Progress towards annual statutory targets monitored.
  • National Curriculum test and teacher assessment, results are published in the prospectus and in the annual report to parents, (when applicable) and progress is towards meeting agreed targets is described.
  • It participates actively in decision-making about the breadth and balance of the curriculum.
  • Political issues are always presented to the pupils in a balanced way.

Arrangements for monitoring and evaluation

The governing body will receive an annual report from the headteacher on:

  • The standards reached in each subject, by every year group, against the national averages and similar schools.
  • The standards achieved by pupils with special educational needs.
  • The number of pupils for whom the curriculum was disapplied, the arrangements which were made how pupils and parents were informed, how progress was monitored, the progress made by those pupils.
  • The evidence of the impact of national strategies on standards.
  • The views of staff about the action required to improve standards.
  • The nature of any parental complaints.