Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum is designed to build resilient learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to be responsible and effective members of the community locally and internationally, and in doing so transform life chances in a way which supports positive outcomes for our students.

The curriculum will enable our learners to be confident members of the world, whose voices are heard and who are prepared and able to tackle the barriers that may limit them in fulfilling their ambitions.

The curriculum we create and implement is one which is inspiring, supportive and inclusive, focusing on sequencing of learning over five or seven years which takes students from their unique starting points to a platform from which they can succeed post 16.

It is responsive to our diverse and evolving context. High aspiration is at the heart of our school intention to Build Brighter Futures Together to Inspire and Achieve.

At The Radcliffe School our intent is for the curriculum to ensure that all our learners’ needs are supported so that they can most importantly develop as young people who are well equipped to enter the workplace, whilst building their skill sets in:


Subject Concepts:

These are the knowledge, understanding and skills which are central to each child’s progress, focussing on a range subjects specified within the National Curriculum and beyond. Students experience a range of different subjects ensuring a breadth of experiences to enable our students to become confident adults. Each curriculum area has defined a specific subject rationale which can be found under Department Rationales.

Personal Skills (LORIC)

Personal skills are identified within our curriculum, to enable students to develop skills beyond the subject concepts. This will support students to become rounded individuals who can develop their own thinking and ideas, face challenges and lead and work with others. We focus on the following personal skills.

  • Leadership

  • Organisation

  • Resilience

  • Initiative

  • Communication

Employability Skills:

To enable our students to be successful within the work place, our curriculum develops a range of employability skills. These skills are based around the CBI Skills Framework which include.

  • Collaboration

  • Creativity

  • Career Skills

  • Critical Thinking

Literacy and Numeracy

  • These are the cornerstones of learning across the curriculum and are fundamental skills necessary to enable students to unlock their potential and access the world.


Learning should not be limited to lessons but can be accessed through a range of activities linked to subject concepts and outside of curriculum areas. These extra-curricular opportunities are designed to support and enhance the learning of our students and provide positive memorable experiences.