All ten schools in the Beckfoot Trust are committed to creating remarkable schools that offer a curriculum for the 21st Century generation we teach. Our curriculum is relevant and allows children to apply their knowledge and skills to the community and world in which they live. We respond to the specific needs of all learners and inspire creativity, ambition and enthusiasm for learning.
Our curriculum provides breadth and sits within the Trust's ambition to ensure all children are: confident communicators; knowledgeable and expert learners; committed community contributors and future ready young people.
The Beckfoot Nessfield curriculum is built around our pupils’ backgrounds, our culture and our climate for learning. We offer a thoughtful range of experiences that enhance the quality of education we offer. Children enjoy a ‘full spectrum’ of academic, physical, spiritual, moral, social and cultural activities that enrich their lives and give them the confidence and skills for a fulfilled and happy life.
All aspects of the Beckfoot Nessfield curriculum are underpinned by the following 4 drivers that are tailored to our children and their personal development:
Possibilities: This helps pupils to build aspirations and know all the possibilities for their future lives. Through this driver we will encourage enterprise, teach children financial awareness and responsibility, look at different opportunities and career prospects and meet people who do different jobs; investigate global and social mobility and inspire the children to travel.
Initiative: This helps our pupils to grow as independent learners, not dependent on adults to learn. Pupil-led enquiry is key to developing higher order thinking skills, which is fundamental to success with learning but also for success in later life. Through a range of engaging stimuli we encourage pupils to investigate lines of enquiry through their own questioning.
Community: This helps pupils to become positive members of their surrounding community. Through teaching trust, respect, honesty, communication, caring, common interests and shared values we ensure that our children have a sense of belonging within the school and equal respect for all members of the school community.
Diversity: This ensures that all pupils feel secure, valued and confident to talk about their beliefs and feelings and are understanding that we are all different and this difference should be celebrated.
Our curriculum provides appropriate balance:
We believe that all children should feel clever and experience the feeling of accomplishment in a wide range of areas. Our curriculum therefore gives pupils an excellent mix of academic and personal development; it gives equal importance to core and foundation subjects; physical wellbeing and mental wellbeing are both valued, understood and prioritised by our careful consideration of curriculum design.
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, along with a well-planned and structured programme of personal development, underpins all of our work and is monitored as closely as academic subjects.
We carefully balance the requirement for pupils to reach national expectations in core subjects with our wider curriculum aims of providing a full spectrum of thoughtful and enriching experiences. As a result our pupils thrive.