Our Principles for Curriculum


Our Principles for Curriculum

The Midland Academies Trust believes that all children and young people are capable of being successful in their learning. We strive for excellence in teaching and learning to enhance pupils’ life chances. Our pupils will be able to make enriching choices for their lives, for themselves and for others. Our aim is for our pupils to have respect for all, a depth of knowledge and understanding about their world and a commitment to make positive contributions to their communities and nation.

Our curriculum, carefully sequenced and ordered by national experts is taught by subject specialists. We believe in the development of long-term memory and learning. Knowledge is deliberately visited and re-visited across a module, across a term and a year, and then across five years. We shift knowledge from short into long-term memory where it will remain a source of joy and satisfaction long after pupils leave school.

Our curriculum is designed to deliver the best that has been thought and said about a subject, and is designed to instil a respect, passion and love for the knowledge humankind has assembled. Examination results are an outcome and product of our great curriculum, they are not the reason we teach what we teach!

The core principles of our curriculum ensure that:

  1. Pupils experience a curriculum that gives them the best opportunities for:

                 a. Progression to the next stage of their learning, to include FE and apprenticeship routes                             post 16/post 18;

                  b. Successful contribution to the economic life of their region and nation;

                  c. Development as active citizens involved in their communities.

  1. A rigorous academic curriculum that is challenging, enriching and accessible.
  1. A challenging vocational curriculum in partnership with NWSLC, local employers and other partners which is responsive to the economic needs of our region and nation.
  1. Continuity and progression through intelligent assessment which informs learning programmes.
  2. The promotion of the core values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and tolerance, with particular regard to the Equalities Act 2010.
  3. Pupils are fully prepared to achieve their maximum potential in national examinations
  4. Pupils develop and apply work relevant skills through intra-Trust, national and international competition, working in partnership with NWSLC and other organisations
  5. That high standards of literacy, numeracy and learning behaviour are promoted throughout the curriculum in all areas.
  6. Collaboration across the Trust in order that:

                  a. Specialist staffing is available to all pupils;

                  b. All pupils are able to access a full range of options at KS4; appropriate alternative                                        provision is available as required.

  1. Pupils are able to receive work experience as appropriate and that work related learning is aligned to the priorities of the Local Enterprise Partnerships.

All Academies:

  • Follow the MAT five-year curriculum
  • Contribute to cross-Trust subject working
  • Share subject resources, and participate in resource evaluation and rewriting
  • Attend and contribute to subject CPD
  • Follow Trust set principles and guidance for the timetable process including timetable of MAT options, staff teaching load, DOL meetings
  • Have centrally provided CEIAG provision and leadership

Our academies are then expected to implement the curriculum, write their timetable, deploy their staff effectively, provide extra-curricular activities and ensure that class teachers re-teach gaps in knowledge so that pupils can excel in the curriculum.

Class teachers are expected to:

  • Implement the Trust curriculum and plan their lessons to deliver this and meet the needs of their pupils.
  • Contribute to the writing of schemes of learning and shared resources