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Aspirations No Limits Curriculum

Presently, Aspirations Academies Trust has introduced an exciting and creative curriculum which means the curriculum is implemented two-fold:

  1. The ‘No limits: Curriculum for success in the 21st century’ is being developed and will be introduced in all Aspirations Academies in September 2019 initially in Years 4, 7 and 12. The intention is that the main features of this curriculum will eventually inform a common curriculum approach from the ages of 4 to 18. The expectation is for each academy to follow the collective curriculum outlines and philosophy whilst also putting its own personal and local stamp on their own curriculum which meets the needs of their particular body of students. The shared, collective curriculum will enable sufficient commonality of subjects, topics and assignments to enable cross-Trust moderation and raising of standards. 

  2. Currently in the other year groups (not 4, 7 and 12) the curriculum is unique to each academy. In the primary phase there is some commonality in that the focus is on English, Maths and the Aspirations (creative) curriculum, whilst in secondary phase there has been a move towards using the same GCSE and A level subject specifications in order to drive the curriculum across all year groups.  The Early Years Foundation profile along with the National Curriculum form the basis of the curriculum plan in all Aspirations Academies. The knowledge and skills development required in each subject are carefully sequenced and mapped out within each year group and across each Key Stage. As a Multi-Academy Trust that educates children from the age of 2 to 18, we also ensure that there is clear sequencing and progression of knowledge and skills between each Key Stage so there is a clear progression pathway from the age of 2 to 18. 





In order to ensure the development of a curriculum that ensures a depth of knowledge, the application of knowledge and the development of future skills, the central feature of the ‘No Limits’ model is the development of a curriculum that fully embraces both single-disciplinary learning (CORE) and transdisciplinary learning (APPLIED). Both have a place in the curriculum. The CORE learning sessions occur both as regular timetabled single-discipline learning sessions as well as during the ATL assignment sessions as specific knowledge workshops. The APPLIED Trans-disciplinary Learning (ATL) assignments combine several subjects and run from 3 to 11 weeks in length for at least 2 hours most days for up to 8 hours a week. These assignments are designed to apply CORE learning to real-world situations across different domains to ensure student learning is relevant, engaging and challenging. The curriculum structure:

  • Core learning (single discipline subjects): English, Maths, Science (single sciences), Computer Science, MFL, Art and Design, Geography, History.

  • Trans discipline learning: Incorporating a combination of the following subjects: English, Maths, Science (single sciences), Computer Science, Citizenship, MFL, Art and Design, Geography, History.

  • Performance: PE*, Music, Drama and Dance

  • Assessment, Presentation and Personal Education (APP) weeks: The presentation of high quality transdisciplinary subject assignment, assessment of all core subjects, PSHCE*, sex education*, food education*, citizenship* and