ATTFE College Curriculum Principles

“Enabling you to become the best version of yourself”



Within each curriculum area at ATTFE College, curriculum design will ensure:

  • Inclusion, including ambition and challenge for all
  • Core skills including oracy, literacy, numeracy and essential digital skills
  • Embedded Employability Skills
  • Knowledge and concepts which are carefully selected to equip learners with a powerful frame of reference from which to reliably predict, explain and generalise
  • Sequencing which develops knowledge and concepts coherently, building upon prior knowledge
  • ATTFE College themes (PREVENT, safeguarding, Fundamental British Values, well-being, mental and physical health, sustainability etc.) embedded to enrich learners’ understanding and lives
  • Sessions which are enjoyable, enriching, and which inspire and nurture
  • Sessions which are knowledge-rich, broad and which stretch and challenge
  • Equality and professionalism is embedded into sessions
  • Learner’s exposure to life in modern Britain is broadened, with increased confidence levels, deepened resilience and the provision of tools to ensure employment opportunities are known about and easily accessible
  • Diversity is celebrated and social injustices highlighted and discussed.



Within each curriculum area at ATTFE College, curriculum delivery will ensure:

  • Inclusion, including ambition and challenge for all
  • Core skills including oracy, literacy, numeracy and essential digital skills
  • Explicit teaching of new concepts – sequencing of content, modelling, questioning, checking for understanding, regular feedback, regular review and practice, skill and confidence-building along with resilience
  • Responsiveness to local employability opportunities with lifelong learning interventions and initiatives
  • Regular and appropriate CEIAG at each stage of the learning journey to prepare each lear ner for their next stage of life
  • Quizzes, tests and reviews
  • Secure learner understanding of wellbeing, good mental health, safeguarding and PREVENT
  • Close alignment with D2N2 priorities to ensure localised knowledge and skills
  • Seeking out and working closely with local stakeholders and partners to support community regeneration through lifelong learning.



Within each curriculum area at ATTFE College, curriculum impact will be evidenced by:

  • Reviewing what learners securely know and skills that they can perform confidently
  • Appropriate application in learners’ own lives and work of core skills including oracy, literacy, numeracy and essential digital skills
  • Ability to recall, refine and apply knowledge when learning new content, and ability to progress at pace through curriculum content
  • Learners’ collaborative discussions and engagement with each other
  • Learner receptiveness to ATTFE College themes within their classroom environment, working lives and home lives (for example, how they may embrace the wellbeing initiatives out of class time)
  • Ensuring all  learners know how to research employment opportunities and have the confidence to do so
  • Learner achievement (accredited as well as personal skills such as increased confidence levels)
  • Positive destinations through employment secured, career prospects enhanced, and engagement in further learning.

ATTFE is part of ‘Academy Transformation Trust’. This document presents a curriculum statement of intent for the whole Trust.

It is our core responsibility to ensure that learners have access to the very best education possible. One of the most fundamental and influential aspects of a learners education is the curriculum that they have access to. The power of curriculum is immense. It has the power to not only transform an individual, but to also transform whole communities and shape their understanding of the world and their place in it. Therefore, it is imperative that the curriculum on offer within our academies is truly world class and gives learners access to powerful knowledge that takes them far beyond what their own individual experience ever could. In order to achieve this we must ensure we expose all learners ‘to the best that has been thought and said and engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement’. To truly transform lives we must not only show students what is possible but inspire and instil the confidence in them to go out and do it.

All learners in our academies will experience a curriculum that​:

  1. is ambitious and enjoyable through knowledge and skills developed from Foundation Stage to Post 16 and Adult provision. ​
  2. is knowledge rich, ensuring access to a wide, global cultural capital – thus maximising lifetime opportunities. ​
  3. is inclusive, nurturing and tailored towards the needs of the individual. ​
  4. is focused on developing the very best oracy, literacy, numeracy and digital skills – enabling access to the widest learning and the very best careers possible to ensure we develop global citizens.​
  5. is enriching, ensuring all experience a rich variety of cultural, artistic and sporting activities. ​
  6. is broad in terms of coverage and (at least) encompassing the breadth of the 2014 English National Curriculum. ​
  7. celebrates the uniqueness of each educational setting in terms of localised knowledge and skills. 
  8. develops character, personal pride and the highest moral standards. ​
  9. celebrates diversity, challenges injustice, promotes equality and encourages the creation of a better world. ​
  10. is delivered by well-qualified, forward-thinking, skilled, passionate professionals.