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Curriculum - Intent, Implementation and Impact

Curriculum Intent:   

  • That pupils access a broad and balanced curriculum that combines both knowledge based teaching with skills based learning   

  • That pupils develop skills in order to retain information meaning that knowledge is generative and has a positive impact on their long term memory   

  • That pupils develop a vocabulary sufficient to support them through qualifications and into the wider world   

  • That pupils develop knowledge that it connected in schemata which enables them to make links between learning   

  • That pupils make good to outstanding progress against personal targets   

  • That pupils have a sense of pride in their learning and achievements   

  • That pupils have opportunities to participate in a range of co-curricular enrichment activities within and beyond the Academy day   

  • That pupils develop communication skills in order to be able to clearly express their needs, access the curriculum and be ready for adult life   

  • That pupils develop reading skills through a phonics based reading scheme   

  • That pupils develop skills for independence   

  • That pupils use of ICT is encouraged, learning skills and safety for modern technology   

  • That pupils develop a greater awareness of their local community and make a positive contribution to society   

  • That pupils learn a range of skills for life beyond the Academy   

  • That all pupils are fully supported and guided through the process of planning their futures.    

  • That pupils use the Zones of Regulations to identify own feelings and readiness for learning. 

  • To develop play and interaction skills, which can be generalised outside of the classroom 


  • Teachers have good subject pedagogy    

  • There is a nurturing, safe environment to support learning   

  • There is a language rich environment in all subjects in which staff support pupils using a total communication approach    

  • Teachers check understanding and correct misconceptions   

  • A variety of teaching approaches is used building on developing a variety of experiences and skills for pupils   

  • Tasks are designed sequentially to support pupils develop and build upon their long-term memory   

  • There is opportunity to discuss how pupils are presenting and feeling through the Zones of regulation.  

  • There is a focus on reading and skills to communicate giving them foundations for future learning   


  • To develop confidence, independence and self-worth; to improve mental and physical well-being   

  • To acquire new knowledge and skills, building upon skills known   

  • To improve all forms of communication in a language rich environment   

  • To make social and emotional progress measured through a range of Welfare data: attendance, behaviour, Boxall profiles well-being surveys   

  • To develop skills of independence that to enable success within education, life skills and their futures   

  • To be engaged and have a sense of pride in learning and personal development   

  • To have the skills to be able to read a sufficient level in order to be able to access qualifications and the wider environment such as further education and employment   

  • To be successful in sustained destinations and chosen career pathways