The Benfield curriculum considers three key aspects:
Benfield School aims to offer a broad and balanced curriculum that prepares students to be prepared for the globally competitive world after leaving Year 11 or Year 13 with the skills, attributes and behaviours for twenty-first century living. We also aim to prepare every student so that they are able to meet the demands of life in Britain today and in the future. This takes place through activities which take place both within and outside the classroom.
At Benfield School we give careful consideration to provide a curriculum model which best meets the needs and characteristics of the Benfield and NEAT learner:
What do we want our students to experience in our care?
Our Benfield and NEAT approach is designed to address factors linked to social deprivation, raising aspirations and increasing social mobility whilst being effectively underpinned through the promotion of British Values.
Here at Benfield we endeavor to ensure that our curriculum is of the highest quality through:
At Benfield we aim to balance the learning, retention and retrieval of knowledge required to achieve examination success with the acquisition of skills and the development of every individual, tailored upon their own needs. This is supported by a robust approach to numeracy, STEAM, oracy and literacy across the curriculum.
Benfield is an inclusive school where every child is valued and respected. We are committed to the inclusion, progress and independence of all our students, including those with SEN. Here at Benfield we work to support our students to make progress in their learning, their emotional and social development and their independence. We actively work to support the learning and needs of all members of our community.
Teachers are responsible for the progress of ALL students in their class and high-quality teaching is carefully planned; this is the first step in supporting students who may have SEND. All students are challenged to do their very best and all students at Benfield are expected to make at least good progress. Extra-curricular activities are fully inclusive
At Benfield we work hard to raise the attainment for all students and to close any gaps that exist due to social contexts. The deliberate allocation of funding and resources has ensured that attainment gaps are closing in our drive to ensure that all pupils are equally successful when they leave the school.
In all curriculum areas, work is scrutinised, and disadvantaged pupils are identified and interventions put in place. These include: 1:1, lunchtime revision, bespoke independent work, free revision guides and funded excursions.
All curriculum leaders are responsible for designing the curriculum and monitoring implementation.
The curriculum leader’s monitoring is validated by senior leaders.
Staff have regular access to professional development/training to ensure that curriculum requirements are met.
Effective assessment informs staff about areas in which interventions are required. These interventions are delivered during curriculum time to enhance pupils’ capacity to access the full curriculum.
Curriculum resources are selected carefully and reviewed regularly.
Assessments are designed thoughtfully to assess student progress and also to shape future learning.
Assessments are checked for reliability within departments.
Every fortnight, each curriculum area meets to discuss, evaluate and adapt the curriculum at all key stages based upon data and student voice.