Creating an AP education plan

This section will be the longest section in your application, and one of the most detailed. Having set out your vision and key aims, this section is where you set out a detailed explanation of how you will put your vision into action. It should consist of the following elements.

Curriculum plan 

  • An ambitious and deliverable curriculum plan which is consistent with the vision and clearly describes the cohort of pupils for whom the school will cater.

Here you should give high level information on your chosen curriculum including why you have chosen it, why it is suitable to deliver your vision and why it will meet the needs of your expected pupil cohort. You should show that it is broad and balanced, varied, stretching, and places a suitable emphasis on English and mathematics. You should include informaiton on what subjects will be covered, the length of the school day, the enrichment programme, the qualifications offered, pupil transition and how you will engage with other providers to ensure that pupils on short-term of part-time placements receive an appropriate curriculum. 

You should outline the needs of your expected pupil cohort and explain how your curriculum will meet those needs and will be ambitious for pupils.

Pupil performance 

  • Your strategies for measuring pupil performance effectively and setting challenging targets.

Here you should outline your targets for your school and show that they are ambitious and realistic and will allow you to measure the success of your vision. You must also outline an assessment and data tracking system that will allow pupil performance to be monitored and will ensure that pupils re-integrate successfully into mainstream provision or progress - for example, into employment. You should also explain your system for reviewing targets to improve school performance.


  • A staffing structure that will deliver the planned curriculum within the expected income levels.

You should outline a staffing structure that is affordable and will deliver the education plan as the school builds up to capacity. You must also include a diagram or table that shows how staffing will be phased as the school builds up to capacity.


  • The school will be welcoming to pupils of all faiths/world views and none 

All applicants are required to outline how thier school will be welcoming to pupils of all backgrounds. If your school has a religious designation, a faith ethos, or a particularly distinctive educational philosophy and worldview you must also complete an additional section outlining how the needs of pupils of other and no faiths are fully provided for within the curriculum.

Meeting pupil’s needs

  • Your strategies for differentiating the curriculum to ensure that it caters to the individual needs of each pupil.

You should outline the types of need your school will cater for and how you will differentiate the curriculum to meet those needs. As part of this you should describe the role of the SENCO and how you will engage with external agencies to ensure pupils' needs are met.

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