Curriculum Overview

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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’.

Curriculum Model Summary 2021-2022

Whole School Reading and Literacy Plan 2021 - 2022


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