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Curriculum

Academy 360 has revised its curriculum to address the needs of all pupils whose education has been disrupted by closure due to COVID – 19.  We will continue to follow government guidance, together with DfE, Ofqual, Ofsted and of any other relevant external body who provide guidance to schools or monitors standards. 

The intent of these revised priorities is to keep children safe whilst minimising the impact of closure, limit disruption to learning, close gaps and ensuring that all young people achieve their academic potential. Our intent:

A curriculum that is flexible in its delivery. The future for the delivery of learning is uncertain. We acknowledge that there may be extended periods when individuals, small groups, year groups, phases or entire cohort may not be able to access school premises for due to illness, isolation, or closure, thus preventing children being educated on site.  In response to this risk, we have prepared: 

An effective digital strategy developed to promote a tiered approach in response to the scale of potential disruption caused by the pandemic. So far, a high proportion of students have accessed our Remote Learning platform throughout closure with some requiring this since re-opening in September 2020.  We recognise that there is no substitute to young ro replace a teacher, our tiered approach has enabled us to minimise disruption to learning whilst reviewing our curriculum to re-engage students and plan a robust recovery. 

We embrace digital technology and recognise its role in promoting good teaching and learning.  We are determined to ensure that our learners make rapid progress whether on site, at home or accessing a blended curriculum diet.  Our detailed contingency plans allow us to respond both confidently and efficiently to the challenges presented. 

Raising Standards of Literacy and Communication remain a key priority at Academy 360 irrespective of age, phases or additional need.  Our rigorous Catch-Up strategy focusses on vital development skills, literacy and communication, thus enabling young people to access a broad and balanced experience. 

Addressing Wellbeing – the Social and Emotional needs of all pupils.  Effective PSHE and welfare support are central to Academy 360’s ethos for all learners.  We recognise that our school community has a range of needs and we have a moral obligation to ensure that children are well supported.  In addition, our skilled safeguarding and welfare team work in partnership with external organisations to ensure that young people have access to timely interventions that allow them to learn and develop well.  Out curriculum harnesses independence, resilience and is highly aspirational, preparing our students for the 21st century world of work and equipping them with the necessary skills to be good citizens who make a valuable contribution to their community and beyond.  

Strong focus on high academic achievement at all key stages. The curriculum is ambitious whilst supporting the development of basic skills, delivered through a broad and balanced experience for all learners. Robust assessment drives good teaching and learning allowing young people to succeed within our All-Through school. We demonstrate an unwavering commitment to to ensure that our students are ready for the next phase of learning at Academy 360 and beyond. Academy 360 follows national guidance for statutory assessments in Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 4 and Year 6 and Y11to ensure that all learners realise their potential. 

High impact intervention will be used to address ‘lost learning’ and support professionals to close gaps using timely assessment to inform planning.  In response to the current challenge presented by the pandemic we have extended the school day for KS2 and KS4 students and provide a host of targeted interventions for all key stages, both within curriculum hours and beyond. Crucially, all intervention is carefully coordinated, strategically deployed and bespoke to individual need.  We are confident that our model will deliver.

Challenging inequalities. All learners at Academy 360 engage in cultural experiences  embracing heritage, language customs and traditions, thus enriching the curriculum and developing their understanding of the 21st century global community.  We are proud to offer opportunities across all key stages to accelerate social and emotional development and support aspirational career choices.

A broad and balanced curriculum that encourages all learners to develop as informed, astute, confident and responsible citizens. The curriculum enables students to develop talents and interests; to research; to explore opinions; to debate; to consider alternative viewpoints; to develop ideas and concepts and raise awareness of the ever-changing world we live.

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