“In a creative, caring environment, we all support and challenge each other to develop confidence and independence. As active global citizens, we are inspired to discover and succeed in lifelong learning.”
The Exe Valley Federation’s vision for education enables children to flourish in a creative and caring environment. This vision is realised by encouraging everyone to support and challenge each other to develop independence, resilience and confidence so that we can enjoy a lifetime of learning.
Our vision is that children who are safe, happy and cared for learn best and that their emotional well-being is every bit as important as their learning. Reflection, curiosity, joy, awe, wonder, resilience, creativity and spirituality are all part of our curriculum, even though they are not measurable in the same way as the formal curriculum.
Our curriculum gives everyone this opportunity and encourages learning in the broadest sense through lessons, projects, home learning, visits and visitors and using the world around us to develop skills that will last a lifetime. The curriculum comprises all the learning and experiences that each school plans for its children. The National Curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum.
The curriculum is designed to be ambitious and expects that every child will be the best that they can be, regardless of their starting points in life. We support children who do not have opportunities to experience the wider world through our teaching, visits and other activities that build a rich and diverse foundation for a secure future.
The curriculum shapes and determines what children will gain from their educational experience. It is the substance of what is taught and is built on the progression of skills and knowledge that children will need to gain to become responsible global citizens of the future.
The EVF has chosen a knowledge-engaged curriculum. This means following a skills-progression curriculum model with knowledge underpinning the application of skills. The 2002 Education Act requires schools to provide a ‘balanced and broadly based curriculum’ which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of children at our schools and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We intend to deliver the 2014 National Curriculum in a purposeful, engaging and creative way by providing a broad curriculum that ensures that there are enough subjects on the timetable and a balanced curriculum that ensures that each subject is given sufficient space on the timetable to deliver its distinct contribution.
For Brampford Speke, Silverton and Thorverton, The Church of England has set out a bold vision for education that is deeply Christian, serving the common good. Our purpose in education is to enable the children, young people and communities we serve to flourish as they experience education for wisdom, hope, community and dignity and discover life in all its fullness which Jesus offers. This vision for education is shared appropriately with Cheriton Fitzpaine and Newton St Cyres, which are community schools.
THORVERTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL is a happy, vibrant place where children learn from creative and motivated staff. The children are encouraged to behave in a caring and supportive way, which is modelled by the staff and other stakeholders, we rarely have any behavioural issues and where these occur this is generally a product of other factors. The team is a strong one with MTAs, TAs and teaching staff; working together with a consistent and cohesive approach to the teaching, learning and wellbeing of the children in our care. As a result, relationships are strong and children feel safe. Our children are passionate learners who receive a well-rounded and engaging curriculum. We are a school of high expectations for all in everything we do. We support the children well to develop their resilience and therefor their achievement in everything they do. Any changes we make, any initiatives we introduce always have the child at the centre. ‘Will this benefit the children?’ is the question we always ask.