The Curriculum Challenge
A look at the teaching programme design at a learning community
With the spotlight shining brightly on the Hadley Learning Community, a £60 million extended school in Telford, there is pressure on the school's leadership to deliver improved results. To complement the modern facilities at the HLC there is the need for a cross-phase curriculum which provides new opportunities for the pupils who come from a community hit hard by the decline of traditional industry.
The HLC is a specialist Engineering College and The Curriculum Challenge follows the progress of the leadership team as they devise a teaching and learning programme designed for the 21st century. Assistant Vice Principal and head of secondary phase, Paul Topping consults with staff who compete for curriculum time with their colleagues. Meanwhile head of primary phase Erica Aston engineers a new primary English curriculum.