At Eden School we intend to deliver excellent outcomes academically and develop a strong understanding of how the world has changed over time. We strive to ensure our students develop a deep understanding of continuity and change, allowing them to follow the thread of development throughout the ages and through different perspectives.

Blackburn with Darwen is an authority with high social deprivation which is highlighted in our pupil premium numbers (81%). Our pupils frequently join us with gaps in their learning due to previously unmet educational needs which negatively affected their learning opportunities. With this in mind,  we help students to develop empathy, through furthering their understanding of how the world has changed and the effects these changes have had. We also develop a deeper understanding of how cultural diversity has developed in Lancashire, in Britain and the wider world and the impact this has had on our lives.

We have sequenced our curriculum to support students’ understanding of chronology and create a variety of opportunities for them to experience history and its impact on society. Overarching enquiry questions allow students to develop independent thought so they can debate, defend and challenge opinions with empathy, compassion and respect for others. Each topic has subject-specific vocabulary that is taught discretely then embedded throughout the sessions. Planning links current learning to past studies, for example Year 8 explore the development of democracy in Britain which begins by revisiting the KS2 topic, Ancient Greece. Progress is monitored through three key assessment points in each year with a focus on the development of both substantive and disciplinary knowledge including interpretations, causation and source analysis.

Curriculum Maps

“Eden is a life-transforming school where we provide the best education for young people who have complex social, emotional and mental health needs.”

Jen Ashworth, Headteacher