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“The quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers” McKinsey

“We now have a brilliant, complete curriculum with clear direction and purpose.” Q1E teacher

"The curriculum covers a rich and broad range of knowledge. Provision for reading and mathematics is exceptionally strong." Ofsted 

Quality first education for all

Quality First Education is not only our name but our driver. We seek to provide an excellent ‘quality first education’ for all children, all of the time, in all classes, from all staff, in all subjects.

World class curriculum


We offer a high quality, well-resourced and carefully structured provision. Our schools have an excellent broad and balanced curriculum with a strong, daily focus on the core subject areas of reading, writing and mathematics. Our wider curriculum is structured within subject disciplines and is enhanced by the use of subject specialists for a number of curriculum areas in each of our schools. 

Pupils have opportunities to learn through a wide range of educational visits and events. There is a shared drive to constantly review, improve and enrich our curriculum to ensure learning is relevant and exciting for all pupils. We have a relentless drive for excellence and equality, always seeking to improve the education we offer all children.





Feedback from children and teachers is critical in ensuring we build on success and recognise where  improvement is needed in the curriculum or in our training.   Our curriculum is not static and we build in opportunites to review and respond.  For example, some content or particular units or themes may become less relevant over time, technological advances develop new possiblities, current themes and issues may need to be addressed, more time may be needed for example in the case of learning during a pandemic. 

Within lessons teachers seek and use the continuous feedback from children to improve the success of the learning for all.   Our belief is that the best feedback is immediate and prioritise time in our curriculum for teachers to ensure they have time to respond within lessons.  We believe that feedback should result in a change in behaviour and that this may be a change for the learner or the teacher. 

Our feedback policy and our marking codes are simple, clear and shared across our schools. 


Whatever it takes

Once quality provision is in place for everyone, we do ‘whatever it takes’ to allow all children to achieve and succeed.  For further detail on our approach, see our Whatever It Takes page. 

Learning approach

LEARN principles

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Our 'LEARN' statement underpins our drive for a world class provision. We put Learners at the centre of our Engaging, Ambitious, Relevant and Nurturing curriculum, driven by the principles of excellence and equality.

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Excellent communicators


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We want all children to understand and be understood.

We support children to make effective choices in vocabulary, body language, gesture and tone, to communicate their needs and feelings effectively for different audiences, purposes and contexts. 

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Excellent learners 


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We dedicate time to developing learning attitudes and promoting a positive mindset (we are not afraid to ask questions or make mistakes!) to help children gain the skills and confidence to learn and improve. 

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Maths in Q1E schools is creative, interesting and fun. Our 'mastery' approach focuses on solving real life problems using real life resources.

How we teach maths

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We have a bespoke, dynamic approach to learning to read and reading to learn, complemented by carefully chosen, excellent, inspirational texts. 

How we teach reading

How we teach writing

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Wider curriculum

Broad and balanced

Our schools have a shared approach to teaching most subjects. We develop our curriculum collaboratively, and adapt it to local contexts. 

Our wider curriculum