At St Mary’s Catholic School we pride ourselves on providing an exemplary curriculum for all students, including our students with special educational needs.  Our Year 7 to Year 13 curriculum is ambitious, broad and balanced, allowing all students to know more and remember more in lessons, and to achieve exceptional progress.  Our curriculum is planned to stretch and challenge all learners, with highly effective scaffolding in place to ensure our students with SEND and other additional needs also achieve highly.  Our curriculum meets and exceeds all national curriculum requirements.  Due to the numerous strengths and sustained success and impact of our curriculum year on year, St Mary’s supports many other schools within the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust and more widely to share this exemplary practice.

The economics curriculum is exemplary because:

  • It gives students the ability to understand the world around them
  • Students will gain financial literacy which will prepare them for life
  • Students will learn how to understand how money really moves around society
  • It gives young people the knowledge they need to understand how businesses work
  • It allows young people to reflect on government policy
  • It provides the knowledge needed to make properly informed decisions
  • It provides students with the skills needed to navigate an increasingly interdependent world

The economics curriculum is ambitious, broad and balanced:

  • It includes discussions on every aspect of social and economic life
  • Students are provided with the skills to conduct their own research
  • It is student led; they make the choices about which economic phenomena are studied
  • Students learn about all the different levels of economic interaction
  • We look at individuals, small businesses, transnational corporations, and governments
  • Students are provided with the resources to continue their learning beyond the classroom

The economics curriculum has effective scaffolding to support our SEND students/other students with additional needs:

  • All information and activities are accompanied by suitable support material including sentence starts, key vocabulary, models, and worked examples
  • In class teaching is also supplemented through online resources which are shared on Teams and linked to each topic area
  • Revision materials are provided for students and extra revision lessons can be arranged to cater for specific needs
  • Regular monitoring of student progress is conducted with specific interventions when necessary
  • Progress is checked at the end of each topic which is about once every 6 weeks
  • Students’ progress is also formatively assessed during and between lessons through visual and verbal checks

The economics curriculum is worthy of sharing more widely with other schools because:

  • Content knowledge is placed within recent economic examples
  • Students interests guide the content and context of the curriculum
  • Project and Game-based learning is incorporated into pedagogy
  • Students have input in how revision materials are generated such as memorable mnemonics
  • Students are challenged not only to learn content but to justify their reasoning; this leads students to research topics which are relevant to them, engage with the economic issues present in real life, and find solutions