As part of the United Learning Multi-Academy Trust, our shared aim is to provide an excellent education for all our students, which brings out the best in all of them and prepares them for success in life.
Hundreds of United Learning teachers and leaders have been involved in developing the United Learning Curriculum as a core academic curriculum based on these key principles:
We believe that all children have right to learn what is in the United Learning Curriculum; schools have a duty to ensure that all children are taught the whole of it.
We want all students to achieve a full understanding of the knowledge specified in the Curriculum for each year or Key Stage, and teaching should not move on until this is achieved.
We won't constantly amend the Curriculum: while we should make occasional adjustments in the light of feedback and experience, we will aim for stability over many years, so that teachers can develop expertise, and we constantly build assessments and teaching materials to support.
Concepts not context
The Curriculum is intended as a concise specification of knowledge and content to be taught and learned; it is for schools and teachers to decide how to teach and bring it to life.
As with all United Learning Schools, our curriculum is characterised by defining the essential teaching and learning that each subject should cover in a given year group and expressing the outcomes of that learning through assessment measures known as Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). However, it's important to be clear that KPIs are not the things that are to be taught. It's the curriculum content that is taught and the KPIs are the means by which we measure achievement of the content.
Periodic assessment of the KPIs means our focus is on what has and hasn't been learnt in each subject and, from this evidence, we shape our teaching and delivery more precisely to reteach, extend or move on appropriately. KPIs are assigned to a subject and a year group and make it possible to define age related subject expectations.
Key Stage 3 Overview