Our Remarkable Curriculum Vision
Driven by our ethos and values, our challenging and engaging curriculum empowers our young people with the knowledge, attitude and skills needed to achieve success in whatever future they choose, as well as the character traits to enable them to navigate and make a positive impact on the world around them.
We have very high expectations for every student, with challenging, aspirational and shared potentials. Students at Broadlands Academy are supported academically and emotionally developing skills, attitudes and abilities which will enable them to achieve their life goals.
Our curriculum is sequenced to ensure that students gain knowledge, connect key concepts, acquire new skills and learn how to apply this confidently in different contexts. Our curriculum leaders have carefully considered what knowledge should be secured and how best do we ensure that students learn that knowledge in a way that means they remember it and can use it.
In 2021-22 we will become a High Performance Learning (HPL) Pathway school and have already started a two year journey of implementing the HPL framework alongside our curriculum content.
The HPL framework underpins the learning culture and educational fabric of the academy. The HPL ethos chimes with our academy values; Resilience, Self-worth, Leadership, Diversity, Solution-focused – drives us in our mission to unlock a thirst for learning for all to successfully access an ever-changing world. To overcome barriers and embrace challenges to enrich themselves and our community. We are strongly aligned to the belief that high performance is for all, not just the few as we embark on our journey to be a world-class school.
"High Performance Learning is a research – based pedagogy – led philosophy that responds to our growing understanding of human capability. It normalises high performance for all students and uses a unique teaching and learning framework to systematically develop the cognitive skills, values, attitudes and attributes needed for lifetime success." (Deborah Eyre)
Our curriculum approach continues to evolve as we embed the HPL framework of how learners think and behave. We will be building the HPL cognitive competencies into our subject curriculum alongside knowledge and disciplinary skills over the next two years.
Our overarching aims of our curriculum is to drive the following outcomes:
Develop young people’s cultural capital, civic understanding and citizenship in the community.
Be flexible and reflective, taking account of changing knowledge and contexts.
Rigorously support the key transitional moments in our young people’ lives, enabling them to be ready for their next steps.
Define the cumulative endpoints of each subject’s curriculum and have clearly stated success criteria about what students will need to be able to know and do at those endpoints.
Be planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on previous learning, and towards those defined endpoints.
Reflect the Broadlands local context by addressing typical gaps in students’ knowledge and skills.
Remain as broad as possible for as long as possible, with students able to study a strong academic core of subjects, such as those offered by the English Baccalaureate (EBacc).
Inspire high performance and aspirational goals for every young person.
Be inclusive of all students, without putting a ceiling on what they can achieve.
Be carefully mapped to maximise provision within financial constraints.