“The ability to act and communicate effectively within the cultural commons is a requisite to the success of any citizen, with success defined minimally as the ability to earn a good living, participate in democratic self-government, and meet every citizen as an equal.” 
At MEA Central we work tirelessly towards our vision of ‘A Fantastic Future for All’, and our curriculum consists of more than merely the delivery of a statutory range of subjects. It comprises all the learning experiences within the school and includes not only knowledge and skills, but the attitudes, beliefs and values which underpin the relationships of the school community. As a nurturing and ambitious community, we seek to promote the academic, personal, physical, social and moral development of each child. In essence, the curriculum constitutes everything which occurs within and impacts upon the school.
Above all, our curriculum is student-centred, striving for academic excellence in public examinations within a balanced and diverse programme, while at the same time recognising and rewarding non-academic achievement in accordance with the aims of the school. The school thus offers the full KS3 and (in the future) KS4 National Curriculum in accordance with statutory requirements.
Underpinning the academic curriculum is the Fantastic Futures curriculum. Our school is in an urban area with some high levels of deprivation and many of our students do not experience the gamut of more rounded, cultural and developmental opportunities available to their more affluent peers elsewhere. Being based in areas with some of the issues associated with poverty, we believe that we have to do all we can to bridge this gap as most of our families are unable to do so themselves. This manifests itself through our Pledge Programme, where we expose students to an array of cultural, religious, geographical, aspirational and activity based opportunities that they would not otherwise encounter. The purpose of all this is to provide a fantastic future for all – we know that good exam results alone are not enough to secure a positive future. We also have to equip students with the necessary communication, social, networking and emotional intelligence skills to thrive in the future.
A Knowledge-Based Curriculum
We believe that a subject-centred academic curriculum which builds cultural capital is the best way to prepare students for the future and achieve social justice in society. As ED Hirsch puts it, “The ability to act and communicate effectively within the cultural commons is a requisite to the success of any citizen, with success defined minimally as the ability to earn a good living, participate in democratic self-government, and meet every citizen as an equal.” 
Indeed enabling students to ‘meet every citizen as an equal,’ – an agenda synonymous with our vision – is the key driver in the design of our knowledge rich curriculum.