Ercall Wood Academy

Empower | Respect | Aspire

Ercall Wood Academy Curriculum

At Ercall Wood Academy our students experience a highly personalised, challenging curriculum, rich in variety and diversity, yet underpinned by our whole academy traditional values.

Empower         Respect            Aspire

Our curriculum is designed to help to address social injustice by providing all our students with the essential knowledge, which includes the skills and experiences, that is commonly possessed by successful citizens which will empower them to positively contribute to their community and the wider world. No child will be disadvantaged by our curriculum.

Our curriculum aims to engender equality and mutual respect in our students, their community, and the environment in which they are an integral part.

Our curriculum aims to unlock the potential of all our students and has high aspirations for everyone, regardless of their ability, gender, race, or background. Through our challenging curriculum we will instil a drive in them to aspire to excellence, to become the very best that they can be, thereby preparing them for success in life.  

The key principles of our curriculum

  1. Our curriculum provides a broad, ambitious five-year curriculum journey for all students containing the essential knowledge, including the skills and experiences, that prospective employers demand from their candidates.
  2. Our curriculum is designed to enable accelerated progress so that all students can achieve success in literacy and numeracy.
  3. Our curriculum is coherently mapped and sequenced to reduce the cognitive load of our students.
  4. Our curriculum is designed to support students in constructing rich connections and building schema, thereby deepening their understanding and their ability to remember.
  5. Our curriculum incorporates regular retrieval practice to strengthen memory and maximise cognitive development.
  6. Our curriculum is the progression model. Assessment measures students’ ability to understand, retain, and recall the essential curriculum knowledge they have been taught. 
  7. Our curriculum provides frequent opportunities for targeted in-learning formative assessment to measure student knowledge retention and check for understanding.
  8. Our curriculum incorporates robust summative assessments mapped to the curriculums essential knowledge which are used to benchmark students by identifying what students know and don’t know. This provides key information for explicit teacher feedback and curriculum planning to reduce identified knowledge gaps.
  9. Our curriculum is inclusive and is based on equality of opportunity.
  10. Our curriculum explores and clarifies student beliefs and values and empowers them to learn to think and speak for themselves by developing critical and evaluative skills which enables them to be more socially mobile.
  11. Our curriculum develops skills for learning, life and work by making learning relevant and engaging, thereby helping students to apply lessons to their life beyond the classroom.
  12. Our subject leaders are our curriculum experts. Our curriculum is regularly reviewed and updated through department meetings to ensure that the curriculum mapping is constantly enhanced. 

Enrichment Opportunities

We believe that opportunities to bring the curriculum to life should be integral. We passionately believe that our students should sample a wealth of exciting new experiences to broaden their horizons, open doors of opportunity, provide hope and aspiration for all, regardless of their circumstances. Our enrichment activities aim to further equip students with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.

Curriculum structure

Our academy curriculum model provides the overview of the curriculum subjects and their time allocation at key stage three and key stage four. This also includes the rationale for group setting. (make the highlighted bit a link to the rationale document)

Each subject has a specific curriculum map which outlines the intent, implementation, and impact of each individual subject. This includes our co-curriculum offer, designed to maximise participation and practice beyond the classroom.

Each subject has mapped their lesson sequences across each key stage. The sequencing documents specify the essential knowledge, vocabulary, and possible misconceptions for every lesson. Assessment is incorporated within the sequencing and used to inform interventions to support all students in achieving success.

EWA curriculum rationale

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Principles of great teaching at Ercall Wood Academy

Teachers at Ercall Wood Academy are the expert in the classroom. Rosenshines Principles of Instruction underpin all pedagogy and professional learning in the academy.

“Every teacher needs to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better.”    (Professor Dylan Wiliam)

  1. Teachers understand their curriculum and how it is learnt.
  • Teachers must have a deep understanding of the essential knowledge they are delivering, including the sequencing of that essential knowledge, the vocabulary, and possible misconceptions within the curriculum.
  • Assessments measure students’ ability to understand, retain, and recall the essential knowledge they have been taught. 
  1. Teachers promote a positive learning environment centred on the academy values of Empower, Respect, and Aspire.
  • Teachers are fair in their responses to students. They ensure that sanctions and rewards are consistent and appropriate.
  • Teachers work hard to build positive relationships with the students and understand their individual needs.
  • Teachers manage time and resources effectively in the classroom.
  • Teachers ensure that purposeful, clear routines are explicitly taught and reinforced to maximise learning by following the Ercall Wood Classroom
  1. Teachers present the knowledge, activities, and interactions to maximise student learning.
  • Teachers present new knowledge using small steps.
  • Teachers provide models to support explanation of new knowledge.
  • Teachers provide scaffolding and support for difficult tasks.
  • Teachers use questioning to elicit student thinking and check understanding.
  • Teachers respond appropriately to feedback from students about their thinking.
  • Teachers provide students with actionable feedback to guide their learning.
  • Teachers reinforce and embed learning by regularly reviewing and revisiting to improve student retrieval and retention of knowledge.
  • Teachers enable students to progress appropriately from guided to independent learning through deliberate practice.


Assessment at Ercall Wood Academy measures students’ ability to understand, retain and recall the essential curriculum knowledge that they have been taught. Summative assessments, that have been mapped to our curriculums, alongside regular formative assessment allows teachers to identify what students know and don’t know. The monitoring of student learning helps to provide feedback that can be used by teachers to improve their teaching whilst also identifying gaps in student knowledge so that ultimately those gaps can be closed.