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Marlwood School

Design, Technology and Art Faculty (DART)

Marlwood Curriculum Intent

Student Experience

We believe in breadth of curriculum: students learning a broad range of subjects for as long as possible. As of September 2019 our students will receive a traditional curriculum, which is broad and balanced. The curriculum is designed to enable all students to flourish academically and acquire the knowledge, skills, employability competencies, cultural capital and character development required for a successful and fulfilled life.

We want all of our students to:

  • Lead a life that is personally flourishing
  • To help others to do so, too

Student Progress

Progress is not simply what we use to measure with levels, but rather it comprises knowledge that has been learned and then retained in long-term memory. It is vital that our students make at least expected progress. It is our goal for our students to strive for excellence and outperform their peers nationally. However, progress goes beyond a collection of marks in a tracking document; it is much more complex than that.

Progress depends on learners having a network of inter-related ideas and values that they skilfully draw on to make sense of what they are doing and experiencing.  Progress indicators differ depending on the subject discipline or spiritual, moral, social and cultural goals of the learning experience.  It requires us to go back and think in detail about what it means to ‘get better’ in terms of behaviours, cognition or appreciation. It is about creativity, connections and schematics, not isolated information. It is about the development of the whole person.

Each faculty and subject at Marlwood School plays a significant and deliberate role in implementing the intent of the whole school curriculum through the distinctiveness nature of their disciplinary content, skills and approach.

Each faculty and subject at Marlwood School plays a significant and deliberate role in implementing the intent of the whole school curriculum.

Design, Technology & Art (DART)


In DART we believe in the imagination and where it can take us. Through our curriculum We want all our students to fulfil and value their potential to be creative.  We aim to nurture a mind-set that views learning as an evolving process and understands that creative learning is ongoing.

Our aim is to nurture students into learners who:

  • Take risks with their work
  • Work with increasing independence and confidence
  • Work safely and skilfully across a range of different creative disciplines.
  • Appreciate that skill development takes time and practice

We understand that all students are different and we are committed to providing a curriculum which embraces diversity and multiple intelligences.

We expect students to be active learners both in and outside of the classroom and want students to be knowledgeable about the world around them.

Our vision is to engineer the imagination and to develop creative thinkers who are aspirational and determined to succeed in the wider world.


Our Curriculum intent is realised through the skilful implementation of the DART Curriculum Map supported by the Marlwood 8 Essentials.

Exposure to real life contexts of innovation, creativity and problem solving are a vital component of the DART curriculum experience at Marlwood School.

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