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Linden Curriculum Intent

At the Linden Centre we strongly believe that education is the key to social mobility; providing limitless opportunities for our students to shape their futures. In formulating our curriculum together, we consider the needs of all our learners. We aim to develop the whole child - academically, artistically, physically, spiritually, morally, socially, and culturally. We believe that the acquisition of knowledge and skill are of equal importance, and therefore have developed a curriculum using a cumulative and spiral approach. Subject skills are taught discreetly, as individual subjects and through cross curricular links that enable students to apply knowledge and skills in all areas.

Our whole school long term plan is a spiral curriculum focusing on developing skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamwork, and critical thinking in the context of learning grouped into themes including health and well-being, relationships and living in the wider world.

Our curriculum focus embeds, revisits, and deepens understanding and progression skills across our long-, medium- and short-term planning.

During their time with us we aim to equip students with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. To achieve this, we recognise the importance of key academic, personal, and vocational skills, which prepare them for their next stages in life. Alongside investing in students’ cultural capital, PHSE links are placed within all subject teaching as we believe these values play a huge role in preparing young people to be educated citizens, ready to make their own impact on the world.

We aim to ensure that our students discover a love for learning and develop a resilience that allows them to recognise their learning strengths or areas that require further development and then to understand the steps needed to improve. Our rich curriculum, coupled with focused individual teacher feedback, aims to provide our students with support and strategies to take the next steps on both their personal and learning journeys.

We are committed to enabling our students to have high expectations of themselves in terms of their learning and behaviour. They will be encouraged to be independent learners who can also work well in collaboration with others. They will develop supportive and nurturing skills towards others, as well as organisational skills to support their learning. These behaviours and expectations support personal development and resilience and help prepare our students to take the next steps in their education - eventually becoming well educated, responsible global citizens.