Chester-Le-Street is a medium-sized primary school based in County Durham in the North East of England. They have been using the Learning Means the World curriculum since January 2021.
Impact on School
Chester-Le-Street CE Primary’s decision to use the Learning Means the World (LMTW) Curriculum has been an extremely positive one. They feel that the change in curriculum was exactly what they needed in their school, and they particularly enjoy how bespoke the curriculum is to their needs.
A stand-out aspect is the way the curriculum works succinctly with their church links. It is adapted to uphold their values, and this can be seen across all areas of the school.
The clear and concise planning has led to staff noticing a significant decrease in their workload, which has allowed them to focus more closely on their teaching. ECTs are well-supported by it which, in turn, has led to them becoming increasingly confident in their teaching, too. The staff feel the curriculum is truly enlightening and they enjoy the flow of learning through themes and phases.
Impact on Pupils
Since implementing the LMTW Curriculum, the school has noticed increased engagement from the children in their learning, as this more practical curriculum is suiting their needs more closely. Staff have noted that pupil vocabulary has improved, and they are much more excited to learn.
Chester-Le-Street CE Primary School were last inspected in September 2021 and went from RI to Good.
“This is a happy and friendly school…Leaders have put in place a suitable curriculum from Reception to Year 6. The school has well-sequenced planning in all subjects. Teachers are adept at engaging pupils in lessons. They plan sequences of lessons that help all pupils to learn well. Teachers’ assessments identify whether pupils are remembering key knowledge. There is a calm and purposeful learning atmosphere throughout the school. The school’s curriculum helps pupils know about risk and how to stay safe.”