Principles underpinning the Curriculum in schools that are part of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust
As part of the family of Church of England Schools, within our Diocesan MAT, it is important that the curriculum itself is theologically rooted and reflects the Church of England vision which embraces the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, moral and social development of children and young people. We offer a vision of human flourishing for all, one that embraces excellence and academic rigour, but sets them in a wider framework. This is worked out theologically and educationally through four basic elements which permeate our vision for education: Wisdom, Hope, Community and Dignity. (Church of England Vision for Education Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good. Autumn 2016)
The curriculum is planned to ensure that every pupil is educated for 'life in all its fullness.’ (John 10:10.) The MAT Passport sets out the experiences, planned into the curriculum, that all pupils will have taken part in by the time they leave a MAT school. Each school develops aspects of SMSC through their curriculum. As a MAT, we have been considering how our curriculum principles help develop the spirituality and spiritual journeys of pupils. This can be seen as a journey from experience (windows) through reflection (mirrors) to growth, transformation and action (doors.)
The principles that underpin our curriculum are as follows:
Spiritual capacities developed
Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
Discipline, confidence and delight in seeking wisdom and knowledge, and developing talents in all areas of life.
God wants us to learn. The Bible says God is infinite, the universe is vast and that life is an amazing mystery. We should never give up learning and use learning in good ways to make a difference to ourselves, others and the world.
Wisdom is one of the great themes of the bible extending to all areas of life. It is more than the acquisition of new skills. Wisdom is insight into the way life works: a proper understanding of the consequences of our thoughts, words and actions and an awareness of the true value of things. It is rooted in proper reverence for God who is the source of all life and all values. All wisdom comes from God. Proverbs 2: 6
Whole school curriculum – broad and balanced
Trips and visits
Collective Worship – reflection Prayer
Children’s University Global Citizenship
Year 6 Responsibility
Archbishop of York Young Leaders Award
Teaching our values
Choice of reading resources to include diversity
Representing the School
Building Blocks / Big Ideas / Key
Creativity across the curriculum
Awards / Quality Marks
Hope and Aspiration
Healing, repair and renewal, coping wisely when things go wrong, opening horizons and guiding people into ways of fulfilling them.
God wants all his children to know that his love and forgiveness are bigger than anything. God gives us hope; he has big plans for all of us. If we fail or go wrong, we can try again. If things hurt or fall apart, it is not the end.
True hope is much more than a general idea that things will get better. The writer of the Psalms says to God: ‘My hope is in you’. This is more than wishful thinking. It is instead rooted in the love and faithfulness of God. Even during difficult times biblical writers trust in God’s ‘unfailing love’ and know that he will be true to his promises. This hope is like a firm and steady anchor for our souls. Hebrews 6: 19
Early Help Offer
Mental health support
Pupil centred curriculum
SEND provision (inclusion) – outcomes
PP provision – outcomes
Thrive / ELSA
Provision of extra-curricular activities and take up
Enrichment – trips, music, residentials, cross MAT visits, awards and quality marks (RE, Science, PE, Arts)
Jobs and responsibilities that are given to the pupils.
Personal Development (Ofsted)
Policies link to vision – behaviour policy is aspirational
Aspirations for staff – NPQ programmes and training.
Transition Links to other provision / settings – enabling pupils to have hope when they move setting.
Curriculum – learning about diverse aspirational figures
Cultural Capital – providing knowledge and interest that the pupils would not otherwise experience.
Ethos and culture – you can live a different way to the way pupils often experience at hope
Community and Living Well Together
A core focus on relationships, participation in communities and the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together.
God made humans to be friends and families who work together and learn to love and care for each other. God is good and being part of his family is good. In his family we support each other with love.
In a Christian community all are needed, included and valued. Each person is important to the whole. The same message is found in Paul’s image of the Christian community as the body of Christ. Each member of the body shares the joys and sufferings of the others and each depends upon every else. Central to this are relationships. Jesus taught to love your neighbour as yourself. Through this we learn who we are and our responsibility for others.
Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
Hebrews 10: 24
RE curriculum and British Values
Involvement in Global Neighbours/ courageous advocacy
Pupil involvement in roles in school such as school council, playleaders, house captains, head boy and girl
Whole school celebrations
Involvement in Children’s University
Participation in local community events such as…
School fundraising and charity support for…
Use of Picture News
Use of Big Ideas
Visits to other places of worship
Regular visits to local church
Reading Dogs/Pets as Therapy
Approaches to pastoral support such as THRIVE, ELSA
School house points/ rewards systems to support school values
Work with local groups such as care home residents
Liaison and transition work with pre-schools and high schools
Dignity and Respect
Respect for the value and preciousness of each person,
God loves each of us. Nobody is outside of his love and care. We are special and important to him. We pay special attention to those who are disadvantaged and rejected by others just like Jesus did.
Pupil premium strategy
Quality first teaching