Curriculum

Our aim at Eden School is to provide an ambitious, broad and balanced curriculum that will challenge every pupil and allow all to achieve their full potential.

Curriculum Intent

Heads of Department are subject experts, they lead on the content, specifications and delivery of the curriculum in each subject.  At the heart of curriculum design is a shared commitment to constructing programmes of study that pupils find interesting and challenging.

The curriculum at Key Stage 3 spans for three years, which gives all pupils the opportunity to experience a wide range of subjects across an extended period of time allowing for a broad study before making choices about Key Stage 4.

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum at Eden is designed to ensure the aims of the National Curriculum are met. As well as the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, all students study PSHE, Humanities, Religious Education, Technology, Computing and PE.

At Key Stage 4, we offer GCSE’s, Functional Skills, BTECs and ASDAN qualifications.  All pupils at Key Stage 4 study PSHE and Religious Education.

The wider curriculum and pastoral support are just as important to us at Eden School as academic achievement. Building confidence and aspirations for the future irrespective of their entry point and SEND. The curriculum is designed to give pupils a wide and varied range of learning experiences sequenced at each key stage, to develop their academic, social and emotional ability in both familiar and new environments. This is intended to raise self-esteem, challenge pupils at an appropriate level and to help them enjoy learning whilst achieving positive outcomes.

Curriculum Implementation

We believe that excellent teachers are the most valuable resource in our school and we are committed to continuous professional learning support and development.  Our teachers are knowledgeable, promoting appropriate discussion about the subject matter being taught. They systematically check pupils’ understanding, accurately identify misconceptions and provide clear, direct feedback.

The curriculum at Eden is underpinned by a range of assessment approaches, which allows teachers to support students to embed and use knowledge fluently, check understanding and inform teaching.

Over the course of study, teaching at Eden is structured with a focus on knowing more and remembering more to support students develop their long-term memory skills. The work given to our pupils is challenging and matches the aims of our curriculum; it is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge.

At the heart of the reading curriculum is the development of students’ fluency, confidence and enjoyment in reading. At Eden School we believe that reading is an essential life skill and we are committed to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers but just as importantly, to enjoy the reading experience. Reading is a skill that enables pupils to develop their learning across the wider curriculum and helps lay the foundations for success and proficiency in their writing, being able to use words more accurately, more confidently and with more flair.

Curriculum Impact

Pupils at Eden are extremely well prepared for their next stages in education or training. Their positive and successful experiences of learning give them an eagerness to continue with their studies. Teachers systematically build students’ independent learning skills by developing their resilience when faced with difficulties. Pupils are well informed about the opportunities that exist for them beyond school and how to achieve their ambitions through well-structured CEIAG and enrichment opportunities.

If you would like to know about the Curriculum at Eden please email jen.ashworth@edenschool.org.uk

“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