Principal’s Blog, Friday 23rd November 2018, To be the best you need to constantly improve

One of the best things about Hazeley is that we don’t stand still. To become the best and to remain the best you have to fully commit to constant improvements. Although we are confident that our current curriculum is very good we want to make sure that we develop it further to meet the needs of the dynamic world in which our students will live and work.

Our Curriculum Deputy, Mrs Baldwin, is leading these developments and as you would expect she is working closely with her counterpart at Shenley Brook End School, Mr Nash. The definition of curriculum that they are working to is a framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and skills to be gained at each stage. (Intent) for translating that framework over time into a structure and narrative, within an institutional context (implementation) and for evaluating what knowledge and skills pupils have gained against expectations (impact/achievement).

We want students to learn about themselves, about the world, and their position within society; how they can contribute as citizens of the world as they grow into young adults and beyond. Being able to actively engage with others and situations as they grow is key to success. The academy’s core values illustrate this well:
“We develop Character, Confidence and Creativity in our young people and each other so that we can gain fulfilment by playing a positive role in our community”
Character – We have respect, integrity, loyalty, high expectations and resilience. We believe the differences amongst us make us even stronger.
Confidence – We trust ourselves and each other, we relish taking calculated risks, we understand honest mistakes occur and learn from them together.
Creativity –We enjoy working together designing, creating and reflecting upon solutions, including how to improve each other, and ourselves and making our academy a truly inspiring place.

Linked closely to this is the need to have knowledge laid out in the curriculum, the need to demonstrate an acquisition of knowledge and skills within specific subject areas. Our curriculum model shows the importance we place on the core subjects and the range of other subjects on offer across the key stages. This illustrates our commitment to offering breadth of knowledge according to students’ own interests at KS4 and KS5.

Mrs Baldwin and Mr Nash will be wresting with a whole host of other questions including;
• What type of learners do we want?
• How does it support students gaining fulfilment by playing a positive role in their community/ social cohesion?
• How does it link to our locality? (Employment/ history/ demographic/ geography……)
• How is it adapted to meet the needs of the cohort (especially boys and more able students)
• How is it influenced by local employment opportunities?
• How does it develop calculated risk taking and reflection?
• How does it develop high expectations and resilience?
• How does it support mental health? PSHE?
• What are the barriers restricting the access of some students to the curriculum/ learning? How do you support them overcoming this?
• How will we design and review the curriculum to ensure sequential layering of knowledge and skill acquisition?

The first new courses from this curriculum review will commence in September 2019, it will not be until 2024 that it will have its full impact. If you have any thoughts or views on our curriculum review then don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Baldwin LBaldwin@thehazeleyacademy.com

An exciting time to be part of the Hazeley community

Mr Nelson