Welcome to Alderwood Academy

The Curriculum

The Raedwald Trust pays high regard to organising pupil’s learning experiences: curriculum design always responds to individual learner’s needs and curriculum choices are regularly reviewed, with all stakeholders, so we can be confident we are providing an exceptional learning experience, every hour of every day.   Our highly personalised and flexible approach is framed by three key questions:

  1. What is the specific intention of the chosen learning programme?
  2. What is the best implementation route for the learning programme?
  3. What is the impact of the learning programme?

Against these measures, our learners thrive in an environment of high expectation.

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education is an important part of our teaching and themes are woven through the curriculum. Sessions include moral and ethical decision and discussion, and visits to local religious centres and fund raising activities are included in this area.

Our aims for SMSC education are:

Education for Cultural Development:

  • challenge racism and value race equality
  • recognise and understand own cultural values
  • give respect of other’s beliefs and values
  • willingness to participate in sporting, art and cultural activities
  • appreciate cultural diversity
  • understand British democratic systems and how history has shaped the present

Education for Moral Development:

  • desire to explore own and others views
  • respect own and others needs, interests and views
  • ability to make responsible and reasoned decisions and judgements
  • ability to think through own and others consequences of actions
  • willingness to express own views on ethical issues and personal values

Education for Spiritual Development:

  • respect for self and others
  • an increased ability to reflect and learn from reflection
  • an appreciate of beauty, love, truth, goodness, order and mystery
  • an understanding of feelings and emotions and their likely impact
  • a sense of empathy, concern and compassion

Education for Social Development:

  • resolve conflict and work towards inclusion and unity
  • work responsibly as a member of a group or team
  • relate well to other people’s social skills and personal qualities
  • share views and opinions with others and work towards agreement
  • able to cope with a range of social contexts by appropriate and sensitive behaviours

Fundamental British Values

As part of the SMSC work, and through other subjects, we are required to teach our pupils about the four fundamental British Values which are:

  • Individual liberty
  • Rule of law
  • Democracy
  • Mutual Respect and the Tolerance of those with different Faiths and Beliefs

Although much of our teaching is implicit in our wider learning programmes, we explicit teaching these values through:

ValueLearning Programme
Individual LibertyCitizenship, PHSE and Project Based Learning
Rule of LawCitizenship and PHSE
DemocracyCitizenship
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefsPHSE
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