The curriculum in each NEST school is individually designed to meet the needs of the particular school within the vision of the Trust and incorporates:
- Child centred choices and decisions.
- An expectation of high academic attainment, emotional and social well-being.
- Focus on pupil progress and achievement through challenge, collaboration and partnership.
- Cooperation and interaction with stakeholders, developing strong partnerships which enable each school to flourish.
NEST is committed to enabling all its pupils to enjoy learning and become independent learners. We aim to ensure that all make good progress through the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum with in-depth learning experiences. Each school’s curriculum is developed in line with statutory requirements but also provides a wide range of enrichment opportunities to make learning an exciting and interesting experience for all.
NEST schools ensure each child has a range experiences which go over and above statutory curriculum guidance.
These are grouped under the headings of:
- The arts
- Science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
- Trips and visits to enhance the curriculum
The curriculum in each school will promote the British Values of tolerance of other faiths, democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect.
Through each school’s individual curriculum we will:
- Involve everyone in a culture of learning;
- Develop knowledge, skills and understanding in a broad and balanced curriculum through practical, challenging and engaging activities;
- Develop communication and collaboration skills and encourage creativity, problem solving and resilience;
- Foster exploration, experimentation and discovery through learning within and beyond the classroom;
- Extend each individual’s horizon beyond their immediate local culture to learn more about themselves and others in the world of which they are a part;
- Work to engage families and carers as partners in their child’s learning and
- Enable each individual to understand the process of learning (metacognition) and that learning is a social and on-going process requiring interaction between learners of all ages.
Our pupils will be active participants in shaping their learning. We recognise and value pupil voice. We do this so our pupils develop initiative, autonomy, and self-worth and build positive and constructive relationships with others.
The curriculum will build on experiences and prior learning, to enable all to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. Each school’s curriculum will be relevant and prepare pupils for the here and now, the next phase of their education, and their future.