Focus has designed a curriculum to be accessible to all and to maximise the development of every student’s ability and academic achievement; a curriculum that fosters SMSC, the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the students; that embraces the British Values of Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of difference faiths and beliefs; that provides opportunity for benefitting the wider community; that offers the breadth to ensure students develop in linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technological, human and social, physical, aesthetic and creative education.
A school curriculum is normally expected to develop over time, taking into account changes in the National Curriculum, local governance, trends and social norms. With Focus, this isn’t the case. Focus has taken a clean-sheet approach and developed a brand-new curriculum which leaves our students with a legacy of life-long learning skills as well as a sense of pride and achievement.
Of course, there are the requirements of The Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2014 that we conform to, and the recommendations and guidance of OneSchool, from which our curriculum framework is formed. But it’s the shape and style of the curriculum that is set to become the envy of the education system.
It’s the approach to learning that is so different. It’s the opportunities that the students are making for themselves that are leading to the deeper and richer learning experiences; it’s the way that students are engaging with their learning that is driving them forward and it’s the provision of the all-inclusive learning environment that is allowing every student to succeed, not only academically but in learning how to learn so that they can face the on-going challenges of life with system, method and confidence.
This is the changing face of the Focus classroom. Students are thriving and outcomes are amazing.