Ours is a community of learning, where secure partnerships create opportunities for students, staff, governors, parents and carers alike to participate and grow to become intellectually, emotionally and socially Fit for Life.

Cedars Academy curriculum is broad, balanced, relevant, stimulating and challenging. It meets the requirements of the National Curriculum (NC) and includes modifications to make it accessible to all pupils. Emphasis is given to individual need and to the development of learning skills and communication, in its widest sense, across the whole curriculum.

Our curriculum is designed to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school, and to prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Monitoring and assessment of pupils work takes place continuously across the school. Pupils are encouraged to be involved in thinking about their learning, the setting of their own targets and in assessing to what extent these have been met. 

Pupils and staff use a range of methods to record work and to monitor progress, to self and peer access and support each others learning. In addition to the more usual methods of writing and drawing, models, photographs, IT and video clips are all used.

Learning styles vary from pupil to pupil. This is taken into account when lessons are planned and teaching styles are therefore equally varied. Although a mixture of whole class, group and individual teaching is usually appropriate, the exact balance between these depends upon the needs of the class and the individual. Interactive and proactive learning is highly valued. Practical lessons, enrichment activities and educational visits are a common feature of the school week for all classes.

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Contact: 0191 487 4595 / enquiries@cedarstrust.org.uk / Cedars Trust, Ivy Lane, Gateshead, NE9 6QD