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Curriculum policy

Adopted: February 2018

Academy vision

The Thetford Academy exists to provide the highest quality education for our pupils. Our relentless focus on the achievement of all our pupils, our commitment to transformational learning and teaching will enable all of our pupils to achieve.

The academy learning community will be forward-looking and outward-facing. We will establish effective partnerships with: young people, parents, local schools and colleges, wider children’s services, the Inspiration Trust academies, business and national and global education partners.

We will seek to embrace national initiatives, such as curriculum and qualifications reform, to ensure that our curriculum meets the highest standards and fully prepares our pupils for future life. We will undertake a thorough curriculum review each year to ensure we are doing this, and that our curriculum meets the needs of all our pupils fully.

Our vision for The Thetford Academy has several critical elements:

  • Pupils: We will support our pupils to develop the highest personal, social, and academic standards and skills. Our pupils will be fully involved in decision-making for the academy and will have opportunities to take responsibility as academy leaders and to develop as active learners and fully informed citizens. We will ensure that they have access to qualifications of the highest quality.
  • A challenging learning experience: Our academy will provide challenging and exciting learning for all our pupils matched to their abilities, motivation, and interests. Our curriculum will have a traditional yet modern ethos. Our curriculum offer will focus mainly on academic subjects, but will also provide opportunities for vocational learning, where those courses and qualifications are of the highest quality. This ensures we meet the needs of all our pupils.
  • A dynamic curriculum: The academy will use the unique opportunity of its strategic partnerships to develop and offer an innovative and flexible curriculum provision that will interest and engage all of our pupils. The curriculum will anticipate, adapt, and respond to the changing needs of our pupils and the community. All pupils will be well qualified in the essential core subjects and will have access to a wide range of qualifications, skills, learning environments, and areas of study that will ensure their progression and success.
  • Learning and teaching: Imaginative teaching underpinned by rigorous assessment will motivate and inspire pupils to learn and to become independent learners. High-quality professional development and training will ensure our staff have the best possible skills and robust systems will drive forward our provision in teaching and learning.
  • Rich, memorable experiences: We will create opportunities to enrich our curriculum so that it does more than just meet the needs of our pupils.
  • Leadership: This is the key to our success and will be aspirational, enthusiastic, and reflective. Staff and pupil leadership will be developed throughout the academy. The single most important element however will be our relentless drive to ensure the best possible outcomes for all our pupils.
  • Maximising resources: The academy will bring together all available resources to deliver the best possible provision for Thetford and the wider area.

Curriculum statement

The Thetford Academy will develop one of the most exciting and innovative curricula in the country. We will offer a wide range of academic and high-quality vocational courses that are matched to the abilities, motivation, and interests of individual pupils and will accelerate their progress.

The Thetford Academy is committed to a curriculum that will:

  • Create a dynamic learning environment that achieves high standards and exceptional progress for all pupils.
  • Set high expectations of pupils and develop high aspirations.
  • Ensure that every child becomes an empowered learner, able to progress and achieve at a rate that matches his/her individual needs and abilities and which is not constricted by Key Stages, age, or organisational constructs.
  • Enable all pupils to develop their creativity and talents to the full.
  • Develop pupils’ enterprise capability and wider problem-solving intelligence and engage learners to see the relevance of study to industry and commerce.
  • Develop the leadership capacity of all members of the school.
  • Give our pupils the opportunity to have rich, memorable experiences.

The Thetford Academy’s curriculum will:

  • Lead to qualifications that enable pupils to progress to an appropriate pathway in education, employment or training.
  • Fulfil statutory requirements.
  • Enable pupils to fulfil their potential.
  • Meet the needs of young people of all abilities at the academy.
  • Provide equal access for all pupils to a full range of learning experiences beyond statutory guidelines.
  • Prepare pupils to make informed and appropriate choices.
  • Help pupils develop lively, enquiring minds, an ability to question argue rationally, and an ability to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills.

Roles and responsibilities

Pupils will:

  • Ensure that they are fully involved in their learning at all stages by participating in the setting of targets for improvement, completing tasks set, including homework, and by engaging with the systems in place for self-evaluation and review.

Parents and carers will:

  • Ensure that they are actively involved in working with the academy to support their     child’s academic progress through consistent and regular communication and full     involvement in the advice and guidance process at all stages.

Teachers and learning support staff will:

  • Plan teaching effectively, allowing for the diverse learning needs of each group, setting clear learning objectives and outcomes linked to assessment criteria and planning for a range of activities to encourage understanding and increase motivation.
  • Advise pupils appropriately about curriculum choices, bearing in mind their future ambitions.
  • Ensure the curriculum is implemented according to the policy.
  • Have access to, and be able to interpret, data on each pupil to inform design of the curriculum in order that it best meets the needs of each cohort of pupils.
  • Keep up to date with developments in their subject and national initiatives/reforms.
  • Contribute to the design and provision of an engaging curriculum within their relevant subject area(s).

Curriculum leaders will:

  • Ensure quality schemes of learning and resources are in place to support lesson planning and delivery at all Key Stages. This must include the cross-curricular provision in literacy, numeracy, SMSC, and ICT.
  • Monitor, evaluate,and review the quality of teaching and learning across the subject area as detailed in the Academy Monitoring Calendar, putting in mechanisms for support where necessary.
  • Monitor the academic progress of pupils across the curriculum and ensure any potential barriers to learning are recognised and strategies are put in place to remove them.

The senior leadership team will:

  • Ensure statutory requirements are met by the curriculum offer.
  • Ensure our curriculum meets our ethos of providing high-quality academic standards.
  • Commit to an expanding EBacc curriculum where appropriate for the cohort.
  • Ensure the amount of time provided for teaching the curriculum is adequate and is reviewed annually.
  • Be responsible for the management of change in curriculum content over time.
  • Ensure the procedures for self-evaluation and review are consistent across the academy and effective in raising standards through sustained and continuous improvement of teaching and learning.
  • Offer a program of continuing professional development that will ensure a high-quality education for all pupils.
  • Ensure all stakeholders are communicated with effectively regarding updates and changes to the academy curriculum.

The governing body will:

  • Annually review and agree the curriculum policy.

Monitoring, evaluation, and review

The governing body will review this policy at least once a year and assess its implementation and effectiveness. The policy will be promoted and implemented throughout the academy.

The academy will review this policy every two years and assess its implementation and effectiveness. The policy will be promoted and implemented throughout the academy.

The principal will report on the effectiveness of the policy to the governing body.