Bolton Impact Trust – Curriculum Rationale flowchart

Rationale statement

In all Bolton Impact Trust Academies our students are given a curriculum which is specifically designed to meet their needs. We endeavour to use the best available intelligence to help us decide what a student’s personal curriculum plan should look like from the varied curriculum menu that we offer. During the design stage, we utilise data and information to define what success looks like for each student. Once the success criteria is established, the personal curriculum plan (pastoral, behavioural, emotional, academic and vocational) is agreed with all parties. We will work backwards from the agreed success criteria to create intent.

Using summative and formative assessment methods along with regular review meetings, we regularly analyse student progress in all aspects of their personal curriculum plan against the success criteria agreed at the design stage to ensure that their curriculum plan continues to meet their needs.





Referral received

Start date agreed if placement appropriate

SEMH/Academic baseline assessments

Professionals and parents consultation

BIT Observations

Options taken from curriculum menu

Personal Curriculum plans agreed

Personal Success criteria agreed









High quality teaching and learning experiences

Preferred learning styles understood

Strong Core Curriculum

 Reading as an integral part of the diet

Personal Development at the heart of the offer

Emphasis on Life beyond BIT (including Vocational)

Time given to breaking down barriers to success








Personal success data analysed






If sustained success is achieved


More challenge applied

New success criteria set

Regular analysis of performance


If sustained success isn’t achieved


New success criteria set (re-design)

New strategies introduced

Procure more specialist support

Review with all stakeholders

Emergency annual review







Our vision at Lever Park is for all our pupils to become fully rounded, happy and successful individuals. To become young people who are prepared for their post 16 opportunities and life outside of Lever Park. To develop our young people so that they BELIEVE in themselves as much as we believe in them, who are INSPIRED to become life-long learners and who INSPIRE others; and who TRANSFORM their potential to become the best that they can be.

To achieve this, we provide appropriate support for our young people in their social, emotional and academic journeys. We cultivate every opportunity available so our young people grow to be the empathetic, resilient and independent learners of tomorrow, who are ready for the challenges laid before them.

Lever Park Curriculum


PSHE at Lever Part sits at the heart of the curriculum, incorporating aspects of cross curricular learning with basing the learner at the centre of their own journeys to discovering themselves and what they want for their futures. It is the only qualification that is pupil specific and gives the learners a chance to get a qualification in themselves.

Our vison is to help learners believe they have the understanding and knowledge to lead the happy and worthwhile lives they want to; To inspire them to be whoever they want to be in this world and to let them know there is always a place for them in their futures; To transform any negative attitudes/ thoughts and opinions they may have and turn them into positive learners.

Many of the pupils at Lever Park have gaps in knowledge in understanding, the curriculum is focused on addressing those gaps and building up understanding and knowledge to empower pupils to make the correct life choices for themselves.

We want all of our pupils to be equipped to navigate their way through the stresses, pressures and influences on their lives and to know how to stay healthy and safe. We will help them to develop their emotional literacy and positive mental health, to find their own voice and to have autonomy in their life and in their choices. Our pupils will be shown how to transform their potential into long-lasting success both in their personal and working lives.

Lever Park Curriculum PSHE


We believe high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is an essential component of the whole school curriculum and is critical work for the future of our pupils. Our careers curriculum supports pupils to acquire the skills, knowledge and independence they require to successfully transition into positive destinations and their future careers, improving their life opportunities and preparing them to contribute to the economy and wider world.

We want all of our pupils to feel prepared for the ever-evolving world of work, we will give them the knowledge they need to make informed choices about their future careers and to develop the self-management skills they need to ensure that they secure positive destinations. We will expose pupils to a range of career opportunities that will inspire them, raise their aspirations and broaden their understanding of the world of work acquiring transferable skills for their futures. Pupils will be shown how to transform their potential into long-lasting success both in their personal and working lives.

Lever Park Curriculum Careers

We understand the significant power that words can have, and how a curriculum which develops pupils’ ability to understand and engage in ideas and emotions, and to communicate their own; fluently and with confidence, empowers our pupils to succeed in the modern world. At Lever Park our pupils need to be able to read, write, speak, listen and communicate and to apply these skills effectively to a range of purposes in the workplace and in other real life situations. Our English curriculum ensures that pupils develop these functional skills whilst also developing pupils’ ability to understand and engage in ideas and emotions, and to communicate their own; fluently and with confidence. Through their study of literature pupils will understand what it is to be human and will develop key characteristics like empathy, tolerance and respect for other people, their cultures and beliefs.

Lever Park Curriculum English

We believe that a high quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world. For thousands of years Maths has been the key to finding solutions to the world’s problems and is essential in continuing to solve problems in our world today. At Lever Park our pupils need a sound grasp of mathematical knowledge and skills in order to apply mathematical thinking effectively to solve problems successfully. Our Maths curriculum ensures that pupils develop these functional skills to help our pupils in everyday life and to access other subjects like science, art and technology. These skills will also play a significant part in securing their future career and in ensuring their financial literacy. We aim to create a sense of curiosity, appreciation and enjoyment of mathematics for all of our pupils.

Lever Park Curriculum Maths

At Lever Park our science curriculum is designed to ensure that pupils are able to understand the world around them through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Pupils will gain an understanding and appreciation of the ways in which science has shaped our world and the importance that science has on the world’s future prosperity. Pupils will learn to think as a scientist and will develop a curiosity and interest in how science can be used to understand, analyse and predict the world we live in. They will learn to keep themselves safe and healthy and to understand the impact that they have as a global citizen.

Lever Park Curriculum Science

The aims of our Humanities curriculum are:

  • To stimulate interest, enjoyment and a sense of wonder about our world from places and environments to religious interest and cultures and the history that brings it together.
  • To develop and encourage questioning and critical thinking across the subject areas.
  • To provide essential knowledge that allows pupils to be educated citizens allowing them to make informed choices.
  • To encourage students to develop a range of knowledge and skills that will provide a foundation for future study and preparations for life post 16.

Lever Park Curriculum Humanities

We believe that a high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art whilst developing an understanding and appreciation of great artists and great works of art and how they have shaped our history and culture.

At Lever Park we want our pupils to produce work that they are proud of and to develop their confidence in expressing themselves through various media.


Lever Park Curriculum Art

At Lever Park we believe that high quality Physical Education should provide pupils with the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of physical activities, whilst developing their understanding, competency and confidence in the core skills that are required to produce effective performances. We want our pupils to enjoy participating in physical activity, to be exposed to a wide range of different activities and experiences that they may not have otherwise experienced, to build their resilience and their ability to work with others as part of a team, to lead, to be competitive whilst gracious in both defeat and triumph and to develop a healthy and active lifestyle, which is sustained in their adult life.

Lever Park Curriculum PE

At Lever Park, we believe that a high quality Design and Technology education provides pupils with the opportunity to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems in the world today. Pupils will have the opportunity to work with a range of traditional and cutting edge equipment and technology which allows them to learn a variety of skills and processes. Pupils will gain an understanding and appreciation of the ways in which Design and Technology has shaped our world.

Lever Park Curriculum Design & Technology

We know that music can be a powerful and transformational tool for children and young people; it can both engage and inspire, assist emotional regulation and facilitate therapeutic self-expression in a profound way. We want to provide our pupils at Lever Park the opportunity to express themselves through music and to develop their skills and confidence in self-expression. We want our pupils to develop key musical skills and knowledge and to broaden their cultural understanding as they will listen and reflect upon a variety of music and media forms that have evolved from a wealth of cultural, geographical and historical backgrounds.

Lever Park Curriculum Music

The Vocational Development Curriculum rests in our determination that all young people enjoy a wide range of subjects and practical experiences to re-engage and reduce the ‘fear factor’ towards learning. Our Vocational Development Curriculum gives our students a greater sense of purpose as they experience learning as a direct conduit into industry, training and ultimately employment. Students grow in confidence, think independently and creatively through the explicit teaching of knowledge and skills they need to understand in order to master the introductory standards in their Vocational discipline. While providing continual development, students gain an insight into the local and national world of work through frequent encounters with higher education providers and experts from the labour market. For many of our students this is where they experience success and find an enjoyment in education for the first time which supports them to grow as well-rounded and responsible citizens who can fulfil their potential and their ability to play a positive role in society. Our Vocational development curriculum retains a dual-purpose with course specifications (knowledge, understanding, skill) set alongside relationship building and personal development – that is, developing young people into trusting, engaged and responsible members of family units, future education establishments, future workplaces and wider society.

Lever Park Curriculum Vocational Studies