Curriculum, Assessment and Growth Mindset

The Challenge Approach
The key drivers of the Learning Challenge approach are:

  • Planned around the distinctive needs of our children
  • Enquiry based to promote curiosity
  • Outcomes driven to raise standards
  • Embeds the application of basic skills
  • Allows writing to be meaningfully embedded
  • Cross-curricular (where meaningful)
  • Interesting for the teacher as well as children
  • Integrates empowering learning (‘learn to learn’)
  • Underpinned by latest thinking about quality learning

The New National Curriculum
The new National Curriculum came partly into force in September 2014 and will be fully implemented from this September. The aim is to slim down the content of the curriculum in almost all subjects, though not in primary English, maths or science.

The government says the new curriculum does not tell teachers "how to teach", but concentrates on "the essential knowledge and skills every child should have" so that teachers "have the freedom to shape the curriculum to their pupils' needs".

Growth Mindsets

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.