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Wider Curriculum

At Leeds East Academy we provide our students with a broad and balanced curriculum. As part of this offer and to ensure we produce well rounded, valuable and knowledge rich citizens we include three key elements that are interwoven into our everyday teaching.

These are:

  • Cultural Capital
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Careers and the World of Work

These three key features are integrated into each subject Intent statements, therefore in the curriculum and lessons they teach:

Cultural Capital

Ofsted define ‘Cultural Capital’ as the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, by introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helps to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
Our curriculum strives to ensure our students are knowledgeable about a wide range of cultures, ideas and individuals and feel comfortable discussing their contributions and merits, as well as providing a vast array of experiences and access to skill development, so they are able to deploy the appropriate knowledge in any given situation.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is everything that makes people different from each other. This includes many different factors: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious belief, or political conviction.
Embedding equality and diversity in our curriculum means we are creating learning, teaching and assessment environments and experiences that proactively eliminate discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and foster good relations in a manner that values, preserves and responds to diversity. We believe in inclusive teaching through our curriculum.

  • We draw on the diversity of the UK to enrich the student's educational experience.
  • We are committed to our curriculum, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
  • We seek not only to reflect UK society in our curriculum, but also to proactively engage with differences, with respect, dignity, openness, and acceptance, recognising that diversity reflects the society in which we live and can be its greatest strength.
  • We are committed to supporting all students and their diverse backgrounds and experiences through our curriculum.

Careers and World of Work

Our curriculum design ensures that students encounter career learning as part of their everyday school curriculum. The three main ways of delivering careers in our curriculum are:

  • Providing career learning as a topic in its own right.
  • Incorporating career learning within each subject.
  • Organising career learning through co-curricular activities (i.e. enrichment activities strongly connected to the formal curriculum).
    The aim of the inclusion of Careers and World of Work in our curriculum is:
    • To promote personal effectiveness e.g., improving self-esteem, motivation, personal agency and self-efficacy beliefs
    • To ensure career readiness e.g. improving career exploration skills, understanding of occupations, decision-making and decidedness and preparedness for transitions
    • To enhance educational outcomes e.g. improving attendance and raising educational outcomes.