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Reviewing and shaping your curriculum

When she took up her current post as headteacher, Lyndsey King set about reviewing her school’s curriculum offer. She talks us through the approaches her school took and the lessons learned

Before I began my headship at St Mary and St Thomas’ CE Primary School, I oversaw the school’s curriculum design as assistant headteacher.

When I stepped up to the role of headteacher, I wanted to continue my mission: to develop a curriculum which excites and engages our pupils, and truly equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to enhance their learning and improve their life chances.

Approximately 60 per cent of our pupils receive Pupil Premium funding and most enter school with knowledge and skills considerably below the national average. Because of this, English and maths have always been placed at the heart of our school’s curriculum. As a result, most pupils make accelerated progress and leave school working at the expected level in English and maths, with a proportion working above this.

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