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Manchester Academy Curriculum Intent

Curriculum Intent

At Manchester Academy our aim is to equip our students to access the best possible opportunities by delivering a comprehensive knowledge-rich curriculum that is carefully ordered and sequenced in a way that enables students to know more and remember more.

The curriculum is rooted in the National Curriculum and designed with the Rosenshine Principles in mind; key knowledge is explicitly taught, and skills are expertly modelled in small chunks. Knowledge and skills are carefully ordered, sequenced, and revisited to help build long term memory.

We have designed our curriculum, in collaboration with subject experts at United Learning, guided by the following principles:

Entitlement: All students have the right to learn what is in the Manchester Academy curriculum, and Curriculum Leaders have a duty to ensure that all students have a rich and engaging experience.

Coherence: Using the National Curriculum as a starting point, our curriculum is carefully sequenced so that powerful knowledge builds term by term and year by year. We make meaningful connections within subjects and between subjects.

Mastery: We ensure that foundational knowledge, skills, and concepts are secure before moving on. Students revisit prior learning and apply their understanding in new contexts.

Adaptability: The core content of our curriculum (the ‘what’) is designed with our students’ context in mind. Teachers adapt lessons (the ‘how’) to meet the particular needs of their own classes.

Representation: All students see themselves in our curriculum and the curriculum is a vehicle for introducing our students to British Values. We welcome students new to the country and help them to understand and be successful in their new environment.

Education with character: Our curriculum - including the taught subject timetable, SMSC development, co-curricular provision, and ethos – is intended to spark curiosity and to nourish both the head and the heart.

For more information regarding Manchester Academy's curriculum please see Manchester Academy's Curriculum Policy or contact our Assistant Vice Principal on the details below:

Shumaila Latif - Assistant Vice Principal - Quality of Education (Curriculum and Assessment) - shumaila.latif@manchester-academy.org

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