Personalisation means treating every student as an individual and seeking to develop that individual as fully and as profoundly as possible. It means responding to their learning needs by creating provision that is appropriate whether it is academic, personal & social, moral or spiritual. Accordingly, the academy will:
- teach a skills-based curriculum alongside subject-based knowledge that will enable the students to enjoy their learning and achieve economic well-being. This will emphasise; basic skills (literacy, oracy, numeracy, ICT), thinking skills, learning to learn and personal and social skills (teamwork, self-management, empathy), citizenship and ethics and spiritual development;
- use theme/project days, community service and other cross-subject learning opportunities to stimulate teamworking, discussion, synthesis skills and civic awareness and enable all students to make a positive contribution;
- to pursue a range of personal and group learning experiences that build their independent and team learning skills and encourage safe and healthy living;
- explicitly teach students to learn from each other through collaboration, discussion and mentoring;
- use qualitative and quantitative measures to inform both summative and formative assessment for learning techniques to ensure that all students achieve;
- work with students to guide their learning and development;
The vision for personalisation is further elaborated in the curriculum statement.
The academy will foster a culture of inclusion in which students of every background will be welcomed, nurtured and developed. This commitment is inspired, informed and underpinned by the core Christian values of truth, justice forgiveness, generosity and respect.
The admission criteria will ensure that students will come from the community around the school irrespective of their ability or their beliefs. They will be placed in tutor and teaching groups according to their learning needs and be allocated a mentor to support them to be healthy and safe, to enjoy and achieve, to make a positive contribution and to achieve economic well-being. All students will have an entitlement to a learning environment that will give them access to the curriculum and that addresses their individual learning needs. All staff will be engaged in continuous professional development so that they are excellent practitioners and can deliver the Academy learning entitlement. Special educational needs staff will contribute to this entitlement through support in the classroom, training for staff and additional provision for students.
Inclusion is more easily achieved when the student body gains a sense of ownership for the organisation and daily life of the academy. This will be achieved by developing the student voice through a variety of opportunities, which will include:
A student learning council for each year group which will mirror the staff achievement teams;
- Issue based focus groups;
- Peer mentoring;
- Student leadership and ambassador roles;
- Sports leadership programmes.
All academy policies will be quality assured for inclusion and their contribution to the every child matters agenda.