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Mary Elliot Academy

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Curriculum Rationale

Our curriculum is designed to give every pupil the best possible opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge needed to pursue their own individual pathways.  As our vision states, our goal is to ‘Prepare for Life’ and the curriculum aims to provide a motivating and engaging framework designed to bring out the best in all pupils allowing them to achieve and make progress in a personalised way.


Curriculum Aims

To support individuals in becoming:

  • Confident and successful learners who enjoy learning, make good progress and achieve excellence.
  • Self-sufficient citizens able to live healthy, enjoyable and fulfilling lives.
  • Well prepared individuals, equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to follow their chosen pathway through life.

At Mary Elliot we aim to deliver a personalised curriculum which incorporates individual targets including those outlined in pupils Educational Heath Care Plans and capitalises on pupil’s strengths and interests.


Strategic Intent

To provide a robust and articulate curriculum which:

  • Takes into account individual needs and learning styles.
  • Is ambitious and challenging for learners at all levels.
  • Supports the development of cognitive skills, taught in context of the rich knowledge that each subject provides.
  • Maximises the impact of teaching and learning in order to fully prepare pupils for success in life


Curriculum Implementation

Within our ASC and SLD departments, subjects such as English, Maths, Science, PSHE, PE and RE are taught as discrete subjects throughout the curriculum.  Mary Elliot also exercises a Creative Curriculum at Key Stage 3 which sees subjects including History, Geography, Art, Music, D&T and Computing taught through holistic cross curricular sessions, allowing pupils to learn in context and truly embed skills and knowledge.  Similarly, at Key stages 4 and 5 students follow a Life skills Curriculum.  Timetabled sessions are also supplemented with additional qualifications, personalised to pupil’s needs and interests.


The PMLD department has a bespoke curriculum designed to meet the very specific needs of our learners. Subjects delivered include Communication, Problem solving, Sensory Exploration, Physical Health and The World around us.  Every subject is planned and taught with the aim of meeting pupil’s holistic needs, with a strong focus on the four main areas of need which are linked to our deep learning categories.


Class groups are designed with individual needs in mind in order to give pupils every opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes.  As a result, classes comprise of pupils from a number of year groups, therefore the curriculum is designed to be suitably flexible, utilising several rolling programs with differentiated objectives so that every individual has the opportunity to study the full breadth of the curriculum at a challenging and engaging level.  A personalised approach is used throughout the curriculum with targeted support, further interventions, key strategies and additional challenge, enabling all learners to make at least good progress.


The tailored approach to the curriculum also grants frequent opportunities for learners to make progress towards individual targets outlined within their Education and Health are Plans, offering a real focus on preparing for adulthood.  This is supported by ensuring frequent opportunities for offsite and community-based learning, allowing pupils to develop real strengths around interpersonal and life skills.


Implementation - Deep Learning

Our curriculum utilises deep learning and enhances opportunities for pupils to develop key knowledge and skills within these areas.  The categories outlined in the table below highlight specific areas which are embedded throughout the curriculum and can be identified on curriculum documents by the corresponding colours.


Golden Threads

Deep Learning Categories



Sensory Development




 Social, Emotion


Mental Health Development

Personal Growth




Cultural Capital


British Values


Personal Safety


Work related skills





Deep learning allows pupils to transfer knowledge and skills across the different ‘vehicles’ and topics that the thematic approach offers.  This, alongside the schools’ robust careers strategy, supports individuals in making informed decisions about their next steps and enables them to fully prepare for life beyond the federation.


Supporting four main areas of need, deep learning ensures that the curriculum provides ample opportunities for pupils to make progress towards individualised targets stated within their EHCP and scaffolds development around these four golden threads.



Pupils attain an in-depth knowledge across the breadth of the curriculum having developed an array of key skills and knowledge which they are able to apply within their daily life.  They have an excellent self-awareness, understanding their own personal, emotional and medical needs.


Pupils leave with the best possible outcomes with regards to their personal targets including those outlined within their Education and Health Care Plans.  This includes the ability to communicate their wants and needs successfully, articulate their thoughts and feelings and participate as fully as possible within daily life having developed strong independence and life skills.


Having been fully supported in line with Mary Elliot’s Career strategy, our young people are aware of all opportunities that lie ahead and are fully prepared to make decisions around their next steps.  Each individual achieves appropriate qualifications to support them in accessing their chosen pathway.