Curriculum design is a freedom we have as an academy school; we take this responsibility seriously and have taken a great deal of time ensuring the curriculum our children experience is rich in knowledge, well-sequenced to ensure our children can build on their prior learning and at all times underpinned by Catholic Social Teaching.
Our curriculum ethos is influenced by educational researchers such as ED Hirsch and D. Willingham and is under continual review to ensure we are meeting the needs of all our children in the most effective way. This has been particularly important during the pandemic where groups of children are unable to attend school physically at various points.
The curriculum is just a starting point though; how the curriculum is implemented is of equal importance. Over the last few years we have been considering the best ways to help our children remember what they have been taught. After considerable research in this area, we have now ensured all members of staff are trained in Rosenshine's principles of instruction in addition to offering regular peer observations across the school and other local schools to ensure the quality of teaching at St Edmund Campion is fully inclusive and of the highest possible standard.
Subject specialists plan and teach our computing and music curriculum to ensure the quality of teaching in these specialist areas is consistent and of high quality. We have been outward looking in order to learn from subject associations and other experts in terms of maths, science, geography and history curriculum design so our teachers can focus their efforts on quality first teaching, building relationships with their class and supporting pastoral needs, adapting schemes of work to suit the needs of their children and supporting the wider aims of the school.