Newington primary will ditch national curriculum to create tailor-made learning for each pupil

Newington youngsters at Leeds Castle

Lessons at Newington Community Primary School will move away from the national curriculum and be tailor-made to suit the needs of each pupil.

During the coming months education at the school in Ramsgate will become bespoke system across the spectrum including Maths, Literacy and Humanities subjects.

Head teacher Cliff Stokes said: “For years we have matched what we deliver to dovetail with individual needs and this has been very successful.

“Now we are broadening our scope and becoming more innovative in how we teach.

“Our staff have the expertise, professionalism, dedication and passion for us to write our own curriculum. This is underway with a fresh and focussed learning pattern being introduced.

“We see the children grow and develop their education from a very early age in Nursery class through to Year 6 when they leave us for secondary education.

“The new system means that we can better target the learning we deliver because it is entirely based on the specific needs of Newington children.”

Targeted ‘experience learning’ will also play a large part of the Newington curriculum with pupils reinforcing what they learn in class with more educational visits.

Children recently visited historic Leeds Castle in Kent as part of their learning experience in History.

Mr Stokes said: “They gain such worthwhile information on learning visits and it reinforces what they learn in class – in this case they can visualise for themselves the size and majesty of an important castle, see the rooms where people lived, and even try on costumes related to the period they are learning about.

“It is a very important aspect of our learning at Newington and something that we are factoring in as an important element of the new curriculum.”


  1. Brilliant, what a breath of fresh air! Finally a head teacher with vision and the guts to put ideas in to practice. Well done to the rest of the staff also, for being open to new practices. Let’s hope other schools will now follow!!

  2. This school is absolutely astounding 🙂 my six year old comes home and speaks like an academic, my five year old is doing amazing, the teachers are amazing 🙂 I am so excited for what the future holds for them. Every part of this school is a success there is no division between pupils from different backgrounds and they reinforce stuff that matters. My children are learning in a loving, caring environment and every step of the way is support. The head master and all of the staff should be so pleased with themselves.

  3. Fantastic school that sculpts and developes the children excellently and smoothly. The staff really do tend to each child and listen.

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