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Posted on: January 24th 2019

Creating an Inspiring Curriculum

Curriculum leaders from across the local area have attended sessions hosted by The Redstart Teaching School to consider some very innovative and transformational work around designing a new inspiring curriculum model to offer all our children.  Schools who are reviewing or renewing their curriculum, or were simply interested to know more, were invited to participate in the free sessions and to share their ideas and experiences. 

The first session looked at creating a framework to the approach and how teachers can fully contribute to the curriculum design with the aim of creating a bespoke curriculum that is broad and balanced and contains rich first-hand purposeful experiences.  The first session was extremely well attended and delegates were encouraged to describe the kind of curriculum experience they want for their children.  The next session will look at how these ideas can be taken forward.

The project is being led by Deputy CEO's of The Redstart Learning Partnership, Dale Burr and Sue Rogers.  

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The Redstart Primary School - Year 6 class of 2021 enjoy their planned residential to Kilve Court. Posted on: 10/11/2021

The Redstart Primary School - Year 6 class of 2021 enjoy their planned residential to Kilve Court.

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Summer term school trips for TRLP school Posted on: 23/07/2021

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