Curriculum Intent

Beckmead Moundwood Academy is an Alternative Provision that caters for students who have been permanently excluded from or need support due to difficulties at mainstream schools in West Essex.  Our students come to us with multiple vulnerabilities, often with undiagnosed additional learning needs.  

At Beckmead Moundwood Academy, our curriculum is not just about the present, but also about preparing our students for a successful future. We aim to support these young people back into the mainstream, into a specialist provision, or onto high tariff post sixteen destinations. While our students are with us for variable lengths of time, usually less than an academic year, we ensure that they gain a full curriculum. We work diligently to close the gaps they bring from their previous schooling, setting them up for a smooth transition back into mainstream education. 

We carefully assess the students' needs to ensure they receive a bespoke curriculum. All students receive the appropriate intervention to develop the school's three core skills of resilience, self-regulation, and participation to improve their life chances. We offer 1-2-1 and small group literacy (via ReadWrite Inc Phonics Scheme) and numeracy interventions to support all students' learning. Our approach combines work on the National Curriculum and specialist teaching to help students with various behaviour and learning needs.

At Beckmead Moundwood Academy, our ambitious curriculum follows the National Curriculum and the relevant subject-examined content. However, due to our student cohort's unique characteristics and nature, we have adopted a flexible 'Stage not Age' curriculum model taught in mixed-aged learning groups.   This adaptability allows us to provide a curriculum that meets each individual's needs and changing circumstances. Our ultimate goal is to equip our students with the skills for life, including gaining academic and vocational qualifications, and to lead meaningful, fulfilling, and successful lives. 

Our curriculum will focus on:

  • Learning that connects and engages children with SEMH and ASD traits
  • High expectations and a continuous focus on pupil safety and wellbeing
  • Learning that enables children with complex needs to develop personally, make at least good progress, and achieve the best possible outcomes.
  • Personalised learning that understands each child’s individual needs and meets them effectively
  • Community learning is where children experience, learn, and internalise the positive values of a healthy learning community so that they can confidently participate in community activities, future learning, and employment training.

MA 23-24 Reading Strategy

MA 23-24 Primary Curriculum Outline

MA 23-24 KS3 - Curriculum Outline (under review)

MA 23-24 KS4-Qualifications

Subject Overviews (With the changes in our timetable, these are all under review)






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