Curriculum

The Dean Trust Curriculum Statement

At The Dean Trust, we believe that the acquisition of powerful knowledge and transferable skills, together with experiences that build social and cultural capital, is a fundamental right for all young people.

Our curriculum ambition, is to provide all our pupils with carefully crafted and sequenced knowledge enhancement and social development experiences, so that they are academically, socially and altruistically equipped to contribute positively to a global community.

As a steadily growing Trust, our curriculum is an ongoing focus of scrutiny and development for our Trust Improvement Groups (curriculum and teaching and learning specialists from across our Trust).

Through our Teaching School, we are exploiting our specialists’ combined pedagogical intellect, research, experience and expertise to enhance our curriculum so that every pupil has access to a consistent and aspirational learning entitlement.

The Dean Trust Curriculum Values

We have four core values, equally important and interconnected, that shape our curriculum. Our curriculum is designed so that all our pupils become:

Powerfully knowledgeable

Through…

  • a love of learning.
  • an understanding of technological developments and impact on the world.
  • the acquisition of problem-solving skills.
  • collaboration and independent study.
  • literacy, numeracy and communication skills.
  • achievement of academic qualifications

Global citizens

By developing…

  • respect for themselves, and respectful behaviours towards others.
  • respect for the environment and an understanding of how to protect the earth.
  • pride in their roots but with a passion to travel.
  • values, beliefs and morals that contribute positively to society.
  • an understanding of their place in the world.
  • empathy and respect for human rights.
  • a unique identity within an increasingly diverse society.

Healthy in mind, body and soul

Through…

  • making healthy and safe lifestyle choices.
  • developing confidence and resilience.
  • being able to adapt to and manage changing circumstances.
  • managing emotions, attitudes and behaviours appropriately.
  • investment in personal relationships.

Ambitious and Aspirational

By…

  • challenging expectations and ‘the status quo’.
  • challenging that which is presented as ‘the truth’.
  • being curious and creative.
  • taking advantage of opportunities beyond the classroom.
  • knowing that they have infinite potential.

Curriculum Principles

To ensure these Values are upheld, the curriculum will:

  • provide a framework for setting out the aims of our programmes of study, including the knowledge and understanding to be gained at each stage.
  • be broad, balanced, purposeful and aspirational.
  • embed transferable skills for learning.
  • identify key threshold concepts in all subject areas, connected in webs or schemata.
  • provide challenging progression through the key stages.
  • promote learning as an alteration in long-term memory.
  • provide a range of programmes of study and courses, and be differentiated to suit the needs of a wide range of learners’ ability.
  • make use of ICT and new technologies to motivate and inspire learners.
  • support the local, national and international community
  • be responsive to changes and opportunities within the world of work.
  • evaluate the knowledge and skills learners have gained against expectations through regular, spaced and interleaved recall and coordinated summative assessments.

Curriculum Intent

At Dean Trust Wigan learning is at the heart of all we do and we recognise the importance of providing a needs-led, personalised curriculum for all of our pupils. Everything within the organisation is based explicitly on learning and supporting all our young people to achieve their potential, through fostering high aspirations to succeed in education, work and life.

Learners flourish in an environment where they are encouraged to: be reflective; take risks; try out new strategies and approaches; learn together, supporting each other; and to challenge and be challenged.

The curriculum is designed to meet statutory requirements and support the intended outcomes of the Secondary National Curriculum. It is all the planned learning experiences for students, as well as ensuring they are literate, numerate and technologically adept, with the ability to apply these lifelong skills, attributes and values that will guide their future.

We work closely with our feeder primary schools and the aim is to develop a coherent curriculum that ensures progression, building on our learner’s experiences in the primary phase and supporting their holistic development to ensure they become well rounded young people.
The curriculum is intended to help young people to:

  • Achieve high standards and make beyond expected progress.
  • Narrow the attainment gap and enable those not achieving age-related expectations at the start of Key Stage 3 to catch with their peers.
  • Develop those essential literacy and numeracy skills as they progress through school and beyond into further learning, work and life.
  • Be challenged and stretched to achieve their true potential.
  • Develop resilience and an increased commitment to life-long learning.

In addition we believe that the curriculum should:

  • Be focused around developing the core English and mathematics skills.
  • Ensure an effective transition at all levels.
  • Provide curriculum enrichment opportunities beyond the classroom, to create memorable experiences for pupils to complement excellent academic results.
  • Develop pupils personal, learning and thinking skills.
  • Be inclusive to promote motivation and engagement.
  • Provide personalised pathways for all students to excel.
  • Meet the specific needs of all pupils including those with disabilities and special educational needs.

How does the curriculum comply with duties in the Equality Act and how it is accessible for those with SEND?

Our curriculum complies fully with our duties in the Equality Act 2010 Equality Act 2010, and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 , with reasonable adjustments made to ensure the curriculum is accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs. We are an inclusive school and equality of opportunity underpins everything we aim to achieve as a school to ensure that all of our community can ‘Believe Achieve and Succeed’.

Organisation and Teaching Arrangements

The Curriculum and pupils’ academic achievement is the responsibility of the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team. The curriculum is led by the Deputy Headteacher for Curriculum and Teaching & Learning.

The weekly school timetable is based on 30 x 50 minute periods of learning on a carefully planned and developed programme to ensure each pupil has a range of broad and balanced learning opportunities.

Pastoral care is managed by the ‘Pastoral Teams’ who take specific year group responsibility and this is underpinned by our Form Tutors who take on a holistic approach for the pupils in their tutor groups. The Tutors are supported in their work by our Pupil Support Managers and Student Services staff.

Curriculum plans and content for each year group and faculty are detailed in the Curriculum section of the school website. Here you will be able to see how each subject organises their curriculum activity and qualifications at each of the Key Stages.

Our Key Stage 3 curricular opportunities provide the skills and understanding in a wide range of subjects to help pupils identify where their best interests and achievements are which can inform their choices later on in school. In Year 9 learners are given ‘options’ advice to support their curriculum qualification choices at Key Stage 4. This is underpinned by specialist and highly effective Careers Information,

Advice and Guidance to help pupils make the most suitable choices meeting their academic needs and future aspirations. The Key Stage 4

Pathways programme which defines the qualifications our learners will follow is complemented by a work-related learning programme that takes place at the end of Year 10.

Across all areas the curriculum is driven by subject areas however, these teams of staff work closely to provide a range of cross curriculum opportunities so that pupils are able to see close links between subjects taught and are able to apply learning across all subjects.

Curriculum Contacts

Curriculum, Teaching & Learning – Mrs S Webster
KS3 Assistant Headteacher – Mr A Loftus
KS4 Assistant Headteacher – Mr J Kenny

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Extra Curricular

Extra Curricular activities programme to nurture, develop and stretch pupils’ talents and interests.

We take great pride in being able to offer our pupils a wide range of extra-curricular activities, before school, at lunchtimes and after school. Pupils gain a great deal from participating in extra-curricular activities and are asked for ideas for clubs and activities for us to provide. First and foremost pupils are able to make new friends not only from their year group but from other year groups as well, this contributes to the strong sense of community in the school. Pupils develop a range of skills and talents through participation in the clubs which helps them in their studies and is valuable preparation for life beyond Dean Trust Wigan.

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