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Curriculum Intent Statement for The Victory Academy (TVA)

TVA is part of Thinking Schools Academy Trust. As a Trust of schools we share a common goal to Transform Life Chances and belief in a cognitive approach to education.

Thinking Schools Academy Trust curriculum intent statement: 

At Thinking Schools Academy Trust our mission is to transform life chances.

Every young person in our community deserves to have the best opportunities at life regardless of their individual circumstances.

Education is the key to transforming life chances and we support and develop every member of our community to:

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What makes our Trust unique is our consistency in the embedded use of metacognitive tools within our curriculum design. To achieve this consistency in approach every school in our Trust is working towards accreditation as a Thinking or an Advanced Thinking School by Exeter University. For further details of this accreditation please follow the link below:

https://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/education/thinkingschools/

As part of this accreditation every school will choose the most appropriate metacognitive tools and approaches to support their students in their context. These metacognitive tools become the building blocks for delivering school’s curriculum. It is expected that the process of becoming a Thinking School will take approximately three years as the schools embed the ethos of metacognition at a deep level within the school.

For further details on some of the most common metacognitive tools used in our Trust please see the following link:

https://www.tsatrust.org.uk/what-is-a-thinking-school/

Therefore, by creating a curriculum that enables our students to Think about their Thinking we are providing them with the cognitive tools to structure and analyse their thinking whilst also building the effective habits that will support them for the rest of their lives. In turn, these tools will enable students to visualise their best selves and give them tools to adapt their behaviour in order to be their best self. Ultimately, this enables students to have the power to Shape their own Success and break free from whatever chains may have held them back from achieving their true life potential.

TVA curriculum intent statement:

TVA context:

  • TVA is a coeducational secondary school of approximately 850+ students in Years 7-13.
  • TVA is based in a Chatham in Medway
  • TVA serves a community:
    • With higher than national levels of deprivation with 36.6% of students eligible for Pupil Premium funding.
    • Which is predominantly white British working class with above national levels of EAL and SEN students attending the school.
    • Which is below national for prior attainment upon entry.

Intended curriculum outcomes:

At TVA we aim to deliver the following ambitious outcomes for our students through our curriculum. Students will:

  • Be aspirational and ready for the next step in their life journey.
  • Develop awareness of their own strengths and areas they would like to develop.
  • Understand strategies to improve areas they would like to develop.
  • Acquire effective habits to be successful at school and beyond.
  • Develop long term knowledge and skills which can be effectively deployed in new circumstances.
  • Develop the cultural capital to be able to successfully engage with a wide variety of social circumstances.
  • Understand themselves and their role as local and global citizens.

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Rationale for curriculum intent:

At The Victory Academy many of our students will be the first generation to engage with Level 3 qualifications. Those students choosing to apply to university will often be the first generation to do so.

Be aspirational and ready for the next step in their life journey:

  • It is our intent to create an ambitious curriculum to give all learners, the knowledge and skills to be successful in the future and proceed on to higher levels of education
  • Create an aspirational, high achievement culture to allow everyone to experience success
  • Offer a range of pathways at GCSE to meet the specific needs of our students but to enable them to be highly employable
  • Offer a range of academic and vocational pathways at KS5 to allow for a wide variety of progression opportunities to further academic study

Develop awareness of their own strengths and areas they would like to develop:

  • By being reflective students who will be able to consider their behaviours and habits and look to make adjustments to be Victory Citizens.
  • Empowering our students to be able to actively and accurately assess themselves, and be self-motived learners, to enable them shape their own success once they leave our Academy.

Understand strategies to improve areas they would like to develop:

  • To compete in a global economy, we offer a range of subjects and offer guidance and support for the choices they make to allow students to progress to the most appropriate life pathway
  • To support our students to understand how they can achieve their desired changes as many students aspire to improve but do not know how.

Acquire effective habits to be successful at school and beyond:

  • Maximise their cognitive development, and positive habit forming to enable students to become active and self-sufficient learners through our Victory Virtues
  • Develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers
  • Support students to take charge of their habits so that they are able to be their best selves
  • Foster life-long learning behaviours which reflect the values and skills needed for future success, by equipping learners with the thinking toolkit as part of a Thinking accredited Academy

Develop long term knowledge and skills which can be effectively deployed in new circumstances:

  • Develop key knowledge and skills that we believe students should have by the time they leave our school. This is academic, cultural and practical; this key knowledge and skills provide the foundations for a successful transition to the next step in their lives
  • Develop ‘transferable skills’ that students are able to use flexibly to best effect.

Develop the cultural capital to be able to successfully engage with a wide variety of social circumstances:

  • We believe that our students deserve a curriculum that does not narrow their life chances but enables social equity and mobility.
  • Develop cultural knowledge and experiences so students can estimate their own worth and confidence through the opportunities we offer as an Arts Mark Platinum Academy
  • This broader understanding is essential to students abilities to make appropriate inferences and their ability to be comfortable and confident in a wide variety of social settings.
  • This lack of cultural capital can, at its extreme, become an invisible barrier to social justice which we strive to overcome.

Understand themselves and their role as local and global citizens:

  • Our students come from a particular set of socio-economic circumstances which can be barriers to success.
  • To shape their success students need to envisage the community they want to be part of and their role in creating that community.
  • Development of strong, local, traditional, Naval links through our Sea Cadet unit and links with Chatham Historic Dockyard
  • At a time of unparalleled material wealth in our society we are also seeing historically high levels of mental ill-health in our students. It is, therefore, essential to support our students to have a realistic perspective on their lives locally, nationally and internationally.
  • It is becoming increasingly clear that future generations will be part of a global community who will need to work together to resolve global issues.

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