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Our Philosophy and Curriculum

Our curriculum is based on an inclusive philosophy that is designed to help every student realise their potential in a supportive environment.

We do not teach in the same way as schools – every child is different and we design our delivery individually for them. In every lesson each student follows their own personalised lesson plan built just for them based on their initial learning assessment with us and the progress we see as they move through their course. We tailor each lesson for the student so that we can both fill in their knowledge gaps and boost their confidence.

All of our assessment and teaching is based directly around the UK National Curriculum Key Stages. The assessment directly relates to the learning outcomes for every school year group and gives us a clear route map for the specific areas that may need support as well as a general sense of how the student is performing overall. This route map informs our general curriculum as well as support our 11+ and private school entry programmes. 

Our aim is that every student becomes a confident, knowledgeable individual with a fully rounded understanding of the subject or subjects of study.

Excelr8 Education System 

We've spent twenty years developing and refining our educational system to ensure that we deliver the best possible educational experience. We focus both on academic skill building and also developing emotional maturity and self-confidence. We use our Excelr8 Education System (EES) for maths and English students.  We have worked from the UK National Curriculum Key Stage Learning Outcomes for every year group to identify the specific skills that every student needs to complete to master that educational stage. For each skill we then have developed a set of activities to work through with them. 

Below you'll find an example of our planning - each student has a learning record like this one below where we have identified the key National Curriculum Outcomes they need to meet. We then work through the different tasks with them until the skills are mastered!

The Excelr8 Education System ensures that students are following a structured route map that is specifically working towards their targeted National Curriculum outcomes. This approach also ensures that we do not miss any key skills for students. 


Making learning fun

We believe the best learning happens when the student is happy and engaged. A core part of our approach is to make learning fun.  We create an open, light-hearted learning environment where students are partners in the learning process. All students, even the youngest, call our teachers by their first name to create a friendly starting point.  We then use a range of engaging and interactive activities to support the learning process. Take a look at one of our exercises for younger children by clicking on the picture below!

Individual development and personal confidence

Many of the students who come to us have lost confidence in their own work and ability – often after many years of struggling in school. As much as we work on the academic knowledge areas we are also keenly focused on developing each students personal confidence. Working individually one-to-one or in mini-groups of around five children, each child is free to ask questions and gain support from the teacher in a way which may not be possible in a regular school class where children may feel intimidated or nervous and unwilling to ask for help. 

We use a range of positive reinforcements such as repeated individual praise and our Treddly Trail prize system to recognise a students ability and reward them for positive progress. While we challenge every student every lesson to move forward in their academic work we do not overwhelm students with work that may be beyond them and could damage their confidence.

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