National Curriculum objectives

The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the core knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It aims to:

  • embody rigour and high standards and create coherence in what is taught in schools
  • ensure that all pupils are taught the essential knowledge in the key subject disciplines
  • go beyond that core, to allow teachers greater freedom to use their professionalism and expertise to help all pupils realise their potential.

Curriculum Intent:

The curriculum has been devised based on the nature of the cohort and the school’s mission to prepare our young people for life after school.

  • To develop personal and social skills alongside subject knowledge and understanding.
  • To ensure differentiated, sequential and layered knowledge using targets in each lesson
  • To enrich the quality of education through trips, activities and Theme days.
  • To prepare every pupil for subject-specific progression through national qualifications (Entry Level, Functional Skills and GCSE) and the competencies identified within the programmes of study.
  • To promote British values and teach fundamental social, cultural, moral and spiritual values and skills

Implementing the curriculum at The Pinetree School:

  • Is broad and rich, giving all pupils the opportunity to follow the core and foundation subjects of the national curriculum at KS3 and KS4. It aims to inspire pupils and raise aspirations. Pupils work towards a range of accreditations and qualifications including Entry Levels, Functional Skills and GCSEs.
  • Cross curricular links are encouraged
  • Careers information, advice and guidance offered at the school aim to set pupils up for the next stage of their education. Subject teachers are expected to include aspirations and future careers in their teaching. Bespoke careers education such as trips, theme days, mock interviews, in-house CIAG, external opportunities included fairs and visits to industries and apprenticeships workshops are planned to support and inspire our pupils.

The 2018-19 core curriculum offer for KS3 and KS4 is as follows:


Impact is measured through half termly formative and summative attainment data analysis, termly assessed reading ages, success in external assessments including GCSEs, stakeholder voice (pupil, parent and staff), annual NEET data, daily credit card percentages, attendance at rewards trips, etc. It is also measured through an analysis of the pupils’ ILP, EHCP, PEP, behaviour, attendance and ILP targets.

The curriculum is reviewed annually to ensure that it best meets the needs of the pupils.

Impact measures are shared with governors half termly.