- University of Exeter, 2022.
At Goodwin Academy we aim to deliver the following ambitious outcomes for our students. Our vision for the curriculum is based around ‘Be Your Best’, so that all students achieve the highest standards of which they are capable.
The BEST Agenda represents B=Brilliance, E=Enrichment, S=Society and T=Thinking.
Our curriculum drives students to aspire to brilliance in all areas by promoting opportunities for academic excellence through a broad and balanced learning experience that stimulates students to be imaginative, creative and reflective in their learning.
Our curriculum motivates students to become confident and successful individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives regardless of their individual circumstances. The curriculum is designed to enable students to experience the wider world around them, meaning students build the cultural capital needed to successfully engage with a wide variety of social contexts. These opportunities for cultural development are embedded in subjects, in enrichment activities and through our ‘Aspirations’ curriculum.
Our curriculum emphasises students’ roles as responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society, upholding the fundamental British values of democracy and individual liberty. Our curriculum provides our students with the opportunities to experience a diverse range of cultures equipping them for their roles as both local and global citizens.
Our curriculum sequencing ensures students develop long term knowledge, skills and understanding which can be effectively transferred to new opportunities. We develop lifelong habits to be successful within the Academy and beyond. The use of Thinking Tools is embedded into our curriculum to support students to develop metacognitive approaches, creating awareness of both their own strengths and of areas they would like to develop to be ready for the next step in their life journey.
The Goodwin Academy aims to eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010. This is achieved through the fostering of good relationships, promoting equality of opportunity between people and offering a broad and diverse curriculum that is accessible by all pupils.
We aim to promote students’ spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development, with special emphasis on promoting equality, diversity and eradicating prejudicial incidents for pupils and staff. Our school is committed to not only eliminating discrimination, but also increasing understanding and appreciation for diversity.
At Goodwin Academy, all teachers are teachers of SEND and are accountable for the progress and development of all students. Quality First Teaching is our first step to support students with SEND, following the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014. Teachers work with the SENCo to implement the graduated approach (assess, plan, do, review) to ensure that student needs are met and the curriculum is accessible. The adaptations that we make include, but are not limited to:
Within the main building of the school there is a lift for students to access all floors, each floor has at least four disabled toilets. The Sports Hall block is also easily accessible with disabled facilities. The site is clearly sign posted and visual timetables are available for students who need them. Teachers are accustomed to utilising technology to enhance the visual and auditory environment and bespoke arrangements can be implemented where appropriate. In order to facilitate good communication with parents whose first language is not English, we are able to access interpreters through the Trust, wider community or local authority.
At Goodwin Academy, we have some students that may be within the lowest 20% academically. To support them to improve their knowledge and understanding we have some of the following strategies available:
Quality first teaching principles using our think first agenda
Mentoring for students
“Keep Up, Catch Up” programme
If stakeholders would like further information of any aspect of our curriculum please contact the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Year Group Pathway
Year Group Pathway
Year Group Pathway
|Option A||Option B||Option C||Option D||Additional Qualifications|
|Extended Project (EPQ)||Finance (LIBF)||Maths Retake||PSHE Enrichment|
Each option block is allocated a total of
10 hours per fortnight per subject