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Marlwood School


Marlwood Curriculum Intent

Student Experience

We believe in breadth of curriculum: students learning a broad range of subjects for as long as possible. As of September 2019 our students will receive a traditional curriculum, which is broad and balanced. The curriculum is designed to enable all students to flourish academically and acquire the knowledge, skills, employability competencies, cultural capital and character development required for a successful and fulfilled life.

We want all of our students to:

  • Lead a life that is personally flourishing
  • To help others to do so, too

Student Progress

Progress is not simply what we use to measure with levels, but rather it comprises knowledge that has been learned and then retained in long-term memory. It is vital that our students make at least expected progress. It is our goal for our students to strive for excellence and outperform their peers nationally. However, progress goes beyond a collection of marks in a tracking document; it is much more complex than that.

Progress depends on learners having a network of inter-related ideas and values that they skilfully draw on to make sense of what they are doing and experiencing.  Progress indicators differ depending on the subject discipline or spiritual, moral, social and cultural goals of the learning experience.  It requires us to go back and think in detail about what it means to ‘get better’ in terms of behaviours, cognition or appreciation. It is about creativity, connections and schematics, not isolated information. It is about the development of the whole person.

Each faculty and subject at Marlwood School plays a significant and deliberate role in implementing the intent of the whole school curriculum through the distinctiveness nature of their disciplinary content, skills and approach.

Each faculty and subject at Marlwood School plays a significant and deliberate role in implementing the intent of the whole school curriculum.


PSHE makes a significant contribution to our students’ personal development and character. It creates a focus on the social and emotional aspects of effective learning, such as self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills. Through engagement with our curriculum our students develop an understanding of economic wellbeing and financial capability that will help them b now and prepare them for life beyond school.


The intent of the PSHE curriculum at Marlwood School is two-fold:

  1. To help our students embrace change, feel positive about who they are and enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives.
  2. To join the dots between learning and experiences inside and outside school, to enable students to understand the nature of the world of work, the diversity and function of business, and its contribution to national prosperity.

Through active learning opportunities our students will:

Personal Development and Well-being

  • Recognise and manage risk,
  • Take increasing responsibility for themselves, their choices and behaviours
  • Make positive contributions to their families, schools and communities.
  • Learn to recognise, develop and communicate their qualities, skills and attitudes,
  • Build knowledge, confidence and self-esteem and make the most of their abilities.
  • Explore similarities and differences between people and discuss social and moral dilemmas,
  • Learn to deal with challenges and accommodate diversity in all its forms. Personal wellbeing helps pupils explore this complexity and reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes.
  • Identify and articulate feelings and emotions,
  • Learn to manage new or difficult situations positively and form and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of people

Economic wellbeing and financial capability

  • Develop as questioning and informed consumers and learn to manage their money and finances effectively.
  • Experience improved motivation and progression as they see the relevance of what they learn in school to their future lives.
  • Expands their horizons for action by challenging stereotyping, discrimination and other cultural and social barriers to choice.
  • It helps students to aim high.
  • Students build a positive and realistic view of their needs and capabilities so that they can make effective learning plans, decisions and transitions.
  • Developed strong awareness of changing career opportunities and develop the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about which learning programmes to take.
  • Learn how to make and act on reasonable risk/ reward assessments and develop a ‘can-do’ attitude and the drive to make ideas happen.


Our Curriculum intent is realised through the skilful implementation of the PSHE Curriculum Map supported by the Marlwood 8 Essentials.

We pride ourselves on our links to individuals and organisations who make our curriculum intent tangible and real to our students.

Exposure to real life places, experiences and individuals who make our curriculum intent tangible and real to our students is a vital component of the PEPA curriculum experience at Marlwood School.