Last reviewed on 15 March 2019
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Malvern Wyche CofE Primary School went back to the drawing board to create an inspiring, character-building curriculum for its pupils, using cross-curricular 'vehicles' to deliver national curriculum content. Here's how they did it, and how you can too.

In a nutshell

What's different about this curriculum?

  • A blank page approach to curriculum design
  • A focus on character development and interpersonal skills, rather than national curriculum subjects
  • The use of cross-curricular 'vehicles' to deliver national curriculum content 

It'll work for you if...

  • You want to redesign your entire curriculum. This isn't a 'quick fix'
  • You want a holistic curriculum based on the specific needs of your pupils
  • Improving test results isn't your only priority

About the school

Malvern Wyche Church of England Primary School in Worcestershire is an 'outstanding' voluntary controlled school with 140 pupils on roll. Geoff Rutherford is the headteacher.

Ofsted described their curriculum as 'inspirational', and the school was awarded an 'Effective Practice' award from the local authority for being 'at the cutting edge of curriculum development'. 

Curriculum design: start with a blank page

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