The curriculum at Acklam Grange is implemented via careful sequencing of lessons using spaced practice and interleaving of content to promote long term learning through retrieval practice. Staff take time to design effective assessments to make inferences about deep learning and not just short term performance. These carefully designed diagnostic assessments inform responsive teaching in the classroom and also serve as great opportunities for students to practice knowledge recall and strengthen their knowledge of key subject matter.

This process of developing long term learning increases students’ fluency, freeing up working memory so that they can successfully connect and apply these facts to a range of diverse contexts. Within day to day teaching, staff utilise opportunities for low stakes quizzing to promote knowledge recall, together with elaboration to deepen students’ knowledge of why specific knowledge is important in the wider world, rather than just having to remember a series of unconnected facts.  This is an approach we expect to see across the whole curriculum.