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 students. 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:
In addition we believe that the curriculum should:
The structure of the Key Stage 3 curriculum is set out in the table below:
|Core Subjects||Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|Foundation Subjects||Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|Art and Design||2||2||2|
|Design & Technology||2||2||2|
In Key Stage 4 there are three curriculum pathways:
Pathway 1 – provides a curriculum based on traditional academic subjects and covers the EBACC requirements.
Pathway 2 – is based on traditional academic subjects but may not cover the EBACC suite of subjects.
Pathway 3 – is for those students who will flourish more in a vocational setting and benefit from applied study courses.
Students will spend half a day a week on a vocational course of their choice taught by a local off-site provider.
The structure of the Key Stage 4 curriculum is set out in the table below:
|Core Subjects||Year 10||Year 11|
|English (Literature and Language)||5||5|
|Science (Core and Additional)||6||6|
EBACC Optional Subjects (Pathway 1 and 2) Pupils will select one of the subjects and spend four periods a week in that subject.
Optional Subjects – Pupils will select three subjects from the options pool and they will spend four periods a week in each of those subjects.
Vocational Courses (Pathway three pupils only) Pupils will leave school at break time and spend the rest of the day on their vocational course.