EFC (Excellent Futures Curriculum) is a curriculum that has been designed by Stanley Park teachers for Stanley Park students. We carefully explored the best parts of National Curriculum, identified the skills needed for success at GCSE and beyond, and consulted businesses to help us work out what young people really need to achieve success. We found that academic success and passing tests was not nearly enough. Society needs people who can communicate effectively and with confidence, who work on their own initiative, who are able to think critically, who could collaborate with others and who were creative. We know that focus solely on academic study cannot create such students; we had to create a curriculum that developed the whole person.
Instead of studying several of separate subjects at KS3, Stanley Park students have twelve lessons of EFC per week in year 7 and eight lessons in year 8. English, Maths, Science, PE, French and Music are separate lessons, but EFC encompasses the rest of the curriculum. The EFC teachers design projects which explore geography, history, business studies, drama, religious studies, ICT and many other subject areas.
We have small class groups and students have one teacher for all their EFC lessons, creating the close relationships upon which our school is founded.
In EFC, students are taught through project based learning (PBL). They don’t just learn to pass tests, our students learn things to make the world better, to help their local community, to prepare them for the real world, and for their own enjoyment. Projects last for at least six weeks, and students work on their projects during EFC lessons and independently at home.