The curriculum within Teesside Learning Trust is at the heart of our core purpose. We aim to develop a broad, balanced and agile curriculum across all phases of education within the Trust. The curriculum at each phase is based upon the requirements of the National Curriculum as well as the knowledge we have of the context of our academies and the stage of development of our children and young people. The curriculum at Teesside Learning Trust is made up of the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes that will provide a deep and meaningful learning experience for our children and young people, underpinned by an effective assessment framework. Teachers use timely assessments to identify gaps in skills and knowledge and in turn inform what is taught and when.
Our curriculum will enable children and young people to develop and transfer the knowledge, skills, confidence and attitudes needed to lead a happy and successful life in an ever changing world. We are passionate about developing outstanding curriculum provision that leads to the achievement of outstanding progress and academic outcomes regardless; of ability, gender, social background, special educational need or ethnic origin.
As a Multi-Academy Trust that has primary and secondary academies we are well placed to plan our curriculum from the Early Years Foundation Stage to KS4. We have staff with the skills and knowledge at each phase of education to ensure we address the issues of progression and continuity across phases, both within schools and across schools, and ensure a smooth transition for all children and young people.
Our curriculum will enable children and young people to be numerate and literate. Children will leave as confident writers and readers as well as being responsible and confident users of ICT. The curriculum will develop in young people a passion for the arts and enable them to develop a global perspective, which instils within them the curiosity to want to know more and about what has shaped our world in the past and what will shape it in the future. It will support young people to understand what affects their physical and mental well-being, supporting them to develop the healthy lifestyle that will protect them throughout their life. Our curriculum will provide the opportunities for our children and young people to play a positive and active part in their school and local communities. This will be as leaders and as positive citizens through opportunities to develop their personal skills and qualities as well as raising levels of aspiration and ambition from an early age and maintaining it through Key Stage 3 and 4.
To ensure that students in Teesside Learning Trust are able to thrive in the global economy of the 21stCentury we believe passionately in providing outstanding Careers Education, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) and within our curriculum we look to embed the eight Gatsby benchmarks. CEIAG will be delivered progressively through the curriculum from KS1-KS4. At Key Stage 3 we provide discrete curriculum time for LEEP (Learner Effectiveness and Enterprise Programme). The curriculum experience enable students to develop a growth mind set through business and enterprise activities. Through our work in CEIAG children and young people will develop an extended knowledge of the world of work and have the opportunity to develop the skills that employers value such as teamwork, communication and adaptability as well as literacy and numeracy. Our curriculum will have an emphasis on the growth areas in the Tees Valley over the next thirty years including; STEM, Health, Digital and Creative Media, as well as growing the entrepreneurs of the future.
The children and young people are at the heart of the curriculum in all Teesside Learning Trust Academies and this requires the curriculum content and delivery model to be flexible and as personalised as it can be. Students are able follow different pathways depending on their needs at any given time. An example of this would be precision teaching to support literacy development in Year 5, allowing extra curriculum time to develop numeracy and mathematical skills in Year 7 or extending students through an accelerated option pathway in Year 9. To help students in Year 9 to make an informed personalised choice with their options they will be given the opportunity to study some subjects in greater depth. This allows the students to be able to make more informed decision about whether they would like to continue with this subject at KS4.
Our curriculum philosophy is underpinned by the elements of our PRIDE values:
- Presentation – Our students strive to ensure the work they do is the best they can possibly achieve.
- Respect – The curriculum actively promotes the core British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths, beliefs and sexuality. We understand that we are all equal and should be treated this way. We understand that simple acts of kindness can go a long way in our school and community.
- Independence – The curriculum allows our students to understand that they are the driving force behind their learning journeys.Children and young people understand that they must seek out opportunities and make of those that they are offered to improve, understanding going the extra mile is the key to being successful.
- Determination – Through high quality teaching and an engaging and motivating curriculum our students will develop a passion for learning. Our curriculum offers challenge to our students so that they have the opportunity to develop the qualities of grit, and determination when they are faced with a challenges in their learning. Their mistakes are celebrated as part of their learning journey to success.
- Excellence – Throughout our curriculum our students are striving for excellence. They understand that excellence is a result of hard work and commitment and the ability to look at barriers as opportunities.
You can check which lessons your child has each day using the timetable information below. You can find out whether it is Week A or B by checking our home page.
There is an enrichment programme which offers students opportunities to extend their learning through a wide range of clubs and activities available either during or at the end of the school day. Please click here to find out more.
Year 9 Options
The booklet attached above is very important, it tells you about the courses you will follow during Year 9. For the first time some students will be able to choose one of the subjects they will study at school. Making the right choice is important. You should read the whole booklet carefully. Listen to the guidance given in school and talk to your parents and teachers before making any decisions.
We aim to provide all students with a broad and balanced curriculum at KS4. Students in Roseberry and Carlton pathways are encouraged to follow a range of subjects that will allow them to achieve the Ebacc qualification with consists of English, Maths, Sciences, Computing, History, Geography and a Language. Option choices are reviewed every year to ensure that we are offering the most appropriate subject choices.
The table below shows the choices that are available for our current Year 10 and 11 students.