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Dixons Fazakerley Academy

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Curriculum

As a Dixons academy, our curriculum is aligned to a common set of Trust-wide principles which are underpinned by our mission to challenge educational and social disadvantage in the North and in the north of Liverpool, in particular. We believe all students are entitled to an ambitious, knowledge-rich curriculum which will open doors and maximise life chances.

At Dixons Fazakerley Academy, we challenge social inequality by instilling shared powerful knowledge through an academic curriculum which is broad and balanced. Each subject specifies, in detail, the knowledge (both substantive and procedural) students will remember, underpinned by the National Curriculum and wider subject domains. As such, in each discipline, students are prepared for national assessments, and importantly, acquire knowledge from all cultural domains that builds wider cultural capital.

We have considered the knowledge and skills we want our students to have mastered in each academic field so that they achieve our aspirational mission of ‘succeeding at university, or a real alternative, thriving in a top job and having a great life.’ High-quality subject specialists then plan backwards from this end point to intelligently sequence the curriculum so that each phase builds on what has come before and prepares for what comes after. It is this careful and meticulous consideration of what students learn and in what order that provides the richest narrative possible for our students.

Our curriculum is informed by the latest evidential research from cognitive science about memory, forgetting and practice in order to help students remember more, and apply, the best of what has been thought and said. By employing our curriculum as progression model, we make knowledge stick so that it can be flexibly applied in a variety of different contexts and situations.

In Key Stage 3, students benefit from schemes planned, resourced and delivered by subject specialists. This serves to develop fundamental knowledge learnt during their primary education and to build schemas in our students’ minds. During this phase, we enable pupils to begin to think more coherently, critically and creatively.

In Key Stage 4, the curriculum is designed to be as broad as possible for as long as possible so that all students can continue to engage with ‘the best that has been thought and said’. This means they acquire Powerful Knowledge that builds wider cultural capital. Our curriculum is also designed to prepare students for success in high currency qualifications which will ultimately improve their life chances. Our GCSE offer is broad and balanced with a strong core in the EBacc - English, mathematics, science, French or Spanish and history or geography. All students also study PDS and can choose two further options from a range of high value subjects such as: computing, art and design, music and PE. It is this balance, of examination preparation coupled with teaching to the domain, which will equip our students to not only compete nationally but, more importantly, change the world for the better.

At Dixons Fazakerley Academy, we teach our students powerful knowledge so that they can understand and interpret the world and to think in new and unexpected ways. With the democratisation of knowledge, our students will be incredibly successful in high stakes examinations and will go on to use this understanding to achieve great things in the world.

The DFA Curriculum is characterised by the following:

  • It has powerful knowledge at its heart;
  • Every subject leads on reading;
  • It equips our students with the cultural capital to be successful by exposing them to knowledge and worlds beyond their lived experiences;
  • Actively tells the story of the marginalised e.g. Alan Turing etc.
  • It is sequenced in such a way that students are able to build a strong schema – linking prior knowledge;
  • There are authentic links to other subjects.