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At Gospel Oak we use the International Primary Curriculum. The IPC was originally designed and created to provide an internationally-focused curriculum for a group of 14 International schools around the world. It was introduced in 2000 and very soon other schools wanted to use the curriculum, to the point that today the IPC is now being used in over 1500 schools in 70 countries. There are currently 220 schools using the IPC in London.
The goal of the IPC is for children to focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning that they will find innovative and exciting. It has been designed to meet national curriculum guidelines. The children learn through a series of IPC units of work. Each unit of work has a theme that the children find interesting and relevant. Some subjects including English and mathematics remain discrete but the IPC approach runs through all that we do.
Children in nursery and reception learn within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

Our curriculum also contributes to children's understanding of life in modern Britain.

Democracy is common within the school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our school council and pupil surveys. Our approach to teaching and learning provides opportunities for children to explain their views and be listened to by others.
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced through class routines, through school assemblies as well as when supporting good behaviour. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws and rules, that they guide and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when rules are broken.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms, for example through our E-Safety, PSHCE and philosophy lessons. Whether it be through choice of the level challenge; of how they record their learning; or of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs; pupils are given the freedom to make choices. 
Nutrition education is taught, monitored and assessed through the International Primary Curriculum IPC. Cooking skills are taught by a specialist cookery teacher who also includes a focus on healthy eating. All classes have a specialist lesson at least once a term.
 Mutual respect is at the heart of our ethos. This can be seen in the underlying principles that are described within our aims and mission statement and more tangibly in the relationships that run throughout the school.
Tolerance and understanding between faith and social groups is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices have been followed and supported by learning in RE, PSHCE and philosophy. Members of different faiths or religions are frequently encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.

For more information on the International Primary Curriculum please go to: www.greatlearning.com/ipc/

For more information on the school's curriculum please contact John Hayes (jhayes@gospeloakschool.com)