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‘Before you start teaching your curriculum again, make sure your pupils are emotionally settled and feel secure at school.’ Department for Education Guidance for full opening of schools 2nd July 2020

Barry Carpenter (Professor of Mental Health in Education, at Oxford Brookes University) has identified 5 losses that the children may have experienced due to the national lockdown: ‘Those five losses, of routine, structure, friendship, opportunity and freedom, can trigger the emergence emotionally of anxiety, trauma and bereavement in any child. The overall impact cannot be underestimated. It will cause a rapid erosion of the mental health state in our children.’
Professor Carpenter goes on to recommend that a Recovery Curriculum is built on 5 Levers, as a systematic, relationships-based approach to reigniting the flame of learning in each child. ‘The Recovery Curriculum is an essential construct for our thinking and our planning. Each school must fill it with the content they believe is best for the children of their school community, informed by your inherent understanding of your children in your community.’

Please use the link below to read Clifford Road Primary School's Recovery Curriculum:

'Your school curriculum is truly inspiring.

It is rich, varied and stimulating.

Across a wide range of subjects, you and your staff ensure that pupils have access to many opportunities where teachers can creatively immerse pupils in exciting topics which they clearly enjoy.' 


'Teachers frequently adapt teaching and learning and use their creativity to stimulate pupils to want to learn.' 


'the curriculum serves to promote values such as resilience, respect, fairness, honesty and equality'

Ofsted January 2019

Our school curriculum is underpinned by the values that we hold dear at our school. The curriculum is the means by which the school achieves its objective of educating children in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives.   These are the main values of our school, upon which we have based our curriculum: 

  • We value the way in which all children are unique and our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual child and for people of all cultures.
  • We value the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth.  
  • We value the importance of each person in our community.
  • We organise our curriculum so that we promote co-operation and understanding between all members of our community. We value the rights enjoyed by each person in our society. We respect each child in our school for who they are and we treat them with fairness and honesty.
  • We aim to enable each person to be successful and we provide equal opportunities for all the children in our school.
  • We value our environment and we aim, through the curriculum, to teach respect for the world and how we should care for it for future generations, as well as our own. 

The Curriculum Policy

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