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Beckfoot Trust is an organisation that links a group of local Bradford schools together so that they can collectively improve the life chances for young people within their schools. Our aim is to create a group of truly remarkable schools each with a genuine comprehensive intake. They will be wonderful places for young people to learn and grow up in. We want to make a difference. We want to create something special.

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Children & Learning

Curriculum

All ten schools in the Beckfoot Trust are committed to creating remarkable schools where no child is left behind. Our school curriculum is based on the National Curriculum. In order for our children to be successful, we focus on teaching powerful knowledge. This enables every child to 'know more and remember more'. 

We carefully chose the key facts and information children need to know (declarative knowledge) alongside the skills in knowing how to do something (procedural knowledge).  Knowledge is organised in a cumulative way from EYFS to Year 6.

Our curriculum provides breadth and sits within the Beckfoot Trust's ambition to ensure all children are: confident communicators; knowledgeable and expert learners; committed community contributors and future ready young people.

Within our knowledge curriculum we ensure our children's  background and cultures are represented as well as 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 curriculum are underpinned by the following 4 drivers that are tailored to our children and their personal development:


possibilities

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.


initiativeInitiative: 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.

 

communityCommunity: 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.


diversityDiversity: 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.