What do we want our students to be able to know and do by the time they leave Finham Park School?

Finham Park School Curriculum Intent

Founded in our core values of courageousness, perseverance, integrity, humility and kindness, Finham Park’s curriculum is accessible to all, providing our young people with the support they need to equip them for the adventures ahead. A broad offer matches the diverse needs of our students, helping everyone to discover their strengths and experience success.   

Fostering a reading culture and making links across the subjects, we provide opportunities for all, both within and outside of the classroom. We aspire to give our students the time of their lives and empower them to be scientifically, mathematically and culturally literate. By providing a compassionate, vibrant learning environment and passionately delivering the powerful knowledge necessary for our students to become well rounded, independent thinkers, we believe that we offer a world class curriculum which prepares them to participate in local, national and global communities.

The purpose of the curriculum is to help pupils to:

  • develop lively, imaginative and enquiring minds
  • acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life and a world of rapid and continuous technological change
  • have sound numeracy, literacy and ICT skills
  • develop personal and moral values, respect for shared values and for other cultures, religions and ways of life
  • develop an understanding of the communities in which they live-both locally and the wider world
  • appreciate human achievements and aspirations
  • take their place in society as informed, confident and responsible citizens

More detail can be found in the individual subject pages on the website or in the Curriculum Policy found here

Curriculum Implementation & Instructional Coaching

“I think the only way that we can improve teacher quality is to create a culture of continuous improvement. I think that every teacher needs to get better. This job we’re doing is so hard that one lifetime isn’t enough to master it. So every single one of us needs to accept the commitment to carry on improving our practice until we retire or die. That is the deal.”      Professor Dylan Wiliam

The driving force behind our teaching and learning strategy is creating a culture of continuous improvement both for teachers and students. At the heart of our CPD programme is the belief that every teacher can improve and in order to do this we have adopted the Instructional Coaching model as described in the Tom Sherrington and Oliver Caviglioni’s Teaching Walkthrus which acts as a manual, underpinned by pedagogical research, to describe the most effective teaching behaviours in 5 different areas: behaviour and relationships; curriculum planning; explaining and modelling; questioning and feedback; practice and retrieval.

The coaching pairs evaluate the effectiveness of the Walkthrus and their own teaching behaviours, setting short term targets for each other which are reviewed in the following TALK session.

Every member of teaching staff is part of a Teaching and Learning Community (or as we call them, TALK groups) in which they meet 5 times over the year to explore the most common learning problems (areas in which students struggle or can improve). Using the Walkthrus to focus on the most effective teaching sequences, every group discusses the research related to their area of focus, considers which Walkthru may be most effective in solving these problems and breaks into coaching pairs to trial these through observing each other (and in some cases filming a teaching sequence which they later analyse).