St Johns School

Investing in Children, Investing in the Future!

The Isle of Man Government's DESC Curriculum for Learning and Achievement.

"To inspire learners to flourish in life".

The curriculum is not prescriptive; rather it attempts to provide broad parameters in which schools can develop flexible, exciting and memorable learning experiences which support the development of a broad range of academic, social and personal skills.

There are ten agreed principles on which Essentials for Learning is built;

- the curriculum should be flexible enough to meet the needs of all learners.
partnership with the community
- the local community’s views about the curriculum should be listened to and the curriculum should equip pupils to make a positive contribution to Manx society.
- pupils should see the point of what they’re learning.
pupil voice
- pupils’ views about the curriculum should be listened to.
assessment should inform learning
- every pupil can improve and activities should match their levels of ability.
learning through enquiry
- the curriculum should be about answering important, meaningful questions.
- pupils should be able to make connections between learning in different contexts.
- all students should be valued equally.
active learning
- learning should be something learners do - not something that is done to them.
challenging and engaging
- pupils should be engaged and motivated.

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