Curriculum Intent

UTC Plymouth's mission and intentions towards learning.

In a rapidly changing world, where global careers and opportunities of the future have yet to be realised, we know that the curriculum needs to be about much more than lessons. It includes the ethos, attitudes and relationships which create a high quality of life in our school. Our aim is to provide a broad, balanced and rigorously academic curriculum that meets the needs and aspirations of all our students and ensures they are well prepared for their future in a world of international opportunities.

The 10 guiding principles for our Curriculum are:

  • Our curriculum offers more breadth, challenge and ambition than the National Curriculum with a unique focus on technical specialism and a professional working environment.
  • Students experience a wide range of subject disciplines for as long as possible.
  • The curriculum is knowledge-rich and STEAM focused.
  • Students are given the opportunity to deepen their subject knowledge.
  • The curriculum is expertly planned and thus is sequenced to enable pupils to build their knowledge and skills towards agreed endpoints.
  • Our curriculum enables choice and success to all students in the school.
  • Our curriculum promotes a love of reading and closes the vocabulary gap through oracy lessons.
  • Our curriculum closes the cultural capital gap with the inclusion of Ethics and Philosophy, Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages lessons.
  • We give all students the opportunity to experience a world-class, wider offer through our strategic partners.
  • Students' characters are developed by our rigorous Character Education programme.

Our curriculum has been carefully crafted to ensure there is a sequential progression towards agreed ambitious endpoints. The curriculum is the result of a collaboration between our teachers, leaders and strategic partners.

  • In Years 7, 8 and 9 our students will follow a broad and balanced curriculum. This will develop their core academic knowledge and give them the skills they will need for success in the future.
  • In Years 10 and 11 the curriculum becomes more technically specific with a view to honing the knowledge and skills necessary to progress onto further education or the world of work.
  • Our Year 12 and 13 curriculum provides the opportunity for in-depth study of technical subjects and the wider skills and knowledge needed to facilitate progression into higher education or apprenticeships.

Each faculty area has developed a curriculum which is built around the "Big Picture" and “Inquiry Questions” within the subject. These are the core concepts that run through each subject area and the understanding of these are fundamental to becoming successful learners.

We place a high value on our teachers as experts in their subject areas. We want our pupils to have access to the best that has been thought and said and with this in mind, our teachers think carefully about what to teach and how best to teach it.

We have an evidence-informed approach to planning and teaching. No fads, no knee-jerk initiatives, just great pedagogy that we know works based around visible learning and Rosenshine’s principles. We believe pupils are more likely to remember all they have learned if the delivery of that knowledge has been carefully sequenced, planned and revisited. We work hard to ensure our curriculum is coherent, with learning building over time, which enables students to attach new knowledge to old in a manner that is efficient and sustainable. This curriculum is then implemented skilfully by our staff who train relentlessly throughout the year to ensure they are the best that they can be. Feedback is an active part of lessons and students will receive lots of verbal feedback.

We know that our students will need to be:

  • Knowledgeable
  • Effective communicators
  • Resilient
  • Creative
  • Organised

They will also need to be open to new experiences, prepared to take risks and be lifelong learners. Our mission is to ensure they are able to achieve this.

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