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@StanwellSchool - 12:11 PM - 17 May 2024

Taking photos of the Stanwell school uniform in preparation for the 2024/25 uniform booklet to be published next half term. Thank you to all volunteers! pic.twitter.com/JmBTIScLjc— Stanwell_School () May 17, 2024

@StanwellSchool - 09:43 AM - 17 May 2024

Year 7 pupils talking to Year 6 pupils about life in Secondary School It was so lovely to have the opportunity to share what life will be like next year in Stanwell pic.twitter.com/p0emeIIhtt— Stanwell_School () May 17, 2024

@StanwellSchool - 09:08 AM - 17 May 2024

Our Yr10s are just starting our annual WRU rugby leaders course with pic.twitter.com/65O1eJzoxL— Stanwell School PE () May 17, 2024

@StanwellSchool - 17:40 PM - 16 May 2024

Rhywbeth arbennig wedi digwydd heddi! Ni di cael ein ffilmio am fideo gan y am . A very special day where we were filmed for the WG about our SiarterIaith success pic.twitter.com/DWM4TPU9VX— Cymraeg Stanwell () May 16, 2024

@StanwellSchool - 11:06 AM - 16 May 2024

Year 13 leavers assembly. End of an era! We wish you all the best of luck and will be here to support you at any point now or in the future. Stay in touch! 👩‍🎓 pic.twitter.com/JOqqpkwFET— Stanwell_School () May 16, 2024

@StanwellSchool - 11:04 AM - 16 May 2024

Year 13 coffee morning prior to their last assembly pic.twitter.com/xqOIKkx3ag— Stanwell_School () May 16, 2024

@StanwellSchool - 11:03 AM - 16 May 2024

Year 13 starting to celebrate their last day in school 👩‍🎓🎓 pic.twitter.com/JkoT5TQcYq— Stanwell_School () May 16, 2024

@StanwellSchool - 08:15 AM - 16 May 2024

Wishing Year 13 good luck for their exams!! pic.twitter.com/gPhoCDrESd— Stanwell_School () May 16, 2024

@StanwellSchool - 18:15 PM - 15 May 2024

Last of the rocket building for Year 9 with the winning teams (1st and 2nd place) from 9L. Well done to all of Year 9 over the last 2 days for their rocket building skills, engagement, behaviour and politeness to our visitors from the Royal Navy pic.twitter.com/EP3Jj4RGaL— Stanwell_School () May 15, 2024

@StanwellSchool - 18:13 PM - 15 May 2024

Winning rocket builders (1st, 2nd & 3rd place) from forms 9O,9R and 9K.Some excellent distances covered and travelled today in a beautiful blue sunny sky. Thank you to the Royal Navy for providing this opportunity within our pastoral programme today. pic.twitter.com/8EZZ0k7YEq— Stanwell_School () May 15, 2024
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Curriculum for Wales

Stanwell School Roadmap 

Where did we begin?

High quality professional development focusing upon learning and teaching, curriculum design and the National Mission has been the essential ingredient on our journey towards the Curriculum for Wales. The school's on-going self-evaluation and a series of weekly training sessions, has helped to co-construct a common language of excellence

All staff were trained in the principles of coaching and introduced to professional enquiry as a means of making change, engaging with educational research and evaluating the impact of practice.

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Next, we 'unpicked' what the Four Purposes of the Curriculum for Wales meant for our learners and audited our current schemes of learning. This allowed us to celebrate what we did well and identify what we wanted to improve or change.

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Subject and pastoral leaders created a set of 'non-negotiables' within their departments  and across Areas of Learning which focused upon knowledge, skills and experience. These became the building blocks for our curriculum design. Practitioners were asked to consider what knowledge, skills and experience a 16-year-old pupil should have at the end of year 11 when the curriculum had been designed.

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Subsequently, subject leaders were released, within AOLE teams, to discuss and plan for curriculum design. They were joined by our Curriculum Consultants, a team of pupils with a keen interest in curriculum. These sessions were invaluable in the planning and design process.

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Next, we explored representation, diversity, Welsh, global and authentic contexts in AOLE and departmental teams and staff engaged with the Cross Cutting Themes. 

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When the final curriculum guidance was published, staff were given time to familiarise themselves with the documentation.  Numeracy, Literacy and DCF Coordinators undertook 1:1 coaching sessions with every  subject leader to discuss natural opportunities to teach skills across Areas of Learning. 

INSET was provided on the new skills frameworks and staff were given time to reflect upon best practice in the teaching of skills and how they would be embedded into curriculum design.

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We went onto explore the what, how, why and when of curriculum design. This required staff to engage with the Progression Steps, Statements of What Matters, Skills Frameworks and curriculum guidance to start designing our curriculum.

A whole school map has been created and practitioners are using 2023/2024 to plan their curriculum for Year 8 alongside evaluation for Year 7 curriculum. Coaching is utilised to support practitioners through this process and enquiry practices are used to test aspects of curriculum design this as we progress.

We began teaching our new curriculum to Year 7 in September 2022 and to Year 8 in September 2023

Curriculum for Wales Summary

At Stanwell our curriculum protects and celebrates subject specialism and this is highly valued. We explore the natural and organic links that occur within and across Areas of Learning, and we develop our learners’ ability to make connections between subjects. Across departments the development of skills underpins ALL learning.  Our curriculum places the four purposes at its core, where real- life context is paramount, enabling our learners to value, understand, contribute to and sometimes challenge the world in which we live.  We value and promote diversity, inclusion and equality, and lesson content is supported by enrichment activities, a fundamental part of our school life. Curriculum design enables learners to make progress across all areas of the school and nurture a healthy sense of wellbeing.