Last reviewed on 1 July 2019
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School 21's innovative "head, heart and hands" curriculum focuses on preparing children for all that life will throw at them in the modern world. Here's what it is, and how you can do it too.

What is head, heart and hands in practice?

School 21 achieve their curriculum vision by dividing their curriculum into 3 strands: head, heart and hands. A deliberate focus on oracy feeds into all 3 strands.

  • The 'head' curriculum: 65%

Mainly the traditional academic disciplines.

  • The 'heart' curriculum: 15%

A wellbeing programme that involves:

  • Regular 'coaching' sessions in groups of 12, including one on a Monday and Friday to reflect on the previous week and plan for the week ahead
  • Specific teaching strategies, such as philosophy for children (P4C) and Socratic seminars
  • A dedicated 'character curriculum', tailored for and by School 21's pupils
  • The 'hands' curriculum: 20%

In year 10 and 12, 'real world learning projects' replace project-based learning. Pupils