Note: The Collins Education Consultancy provides chargeable services to schools
The starting point for our work on curriculum continuity is an understanding of the learning journey that students undertake in Harlesden. This endeavour initially identified significant gaps, repetition and inconsistencies across the phases. The lack of coherence between primary and secondary schools has been a critical feature of the National Curriculum since 1988. In pursuit of an ambitious and challenging curriculum for all students, which systematically builds on prior knowledge and skills, Newman Catholic College and The Collins Education Consultancy set about creating the opportunity to break down misconceptions between phases and open a dialogue for colleagues to work collectively. What will hopefully emerge is a curriculum offer across primary and secondary schools in Harlesden that is ambitious and aspirational and, crucially, helps pupils to develop the knowledge necessary to flourish.