Continuing professional development (CPD) is an essential ingredient in the quest for high quality learning and teaching of the National Curriculum. The current imperative is on how the curriculum is planned and implemented in the quest for highly effective quality learning. There are several themes that have emerged over the last few months that require deep thought to create effective strategies that will ensure cohesion, consistency and positive outcomes across all learning. These are,
- A clear vision and rationale linked to the school’s context that defines the curriculum to be delivered and the impact it will have
- A well-defined sequencing of learning that ensures pupils build on prior learning, and learn through the teaching of subject specific content
- The identification of wider subject specific and generic concepts that knit the curriculum together
- The development of a range of increasingly complex skills for learning
- Strategies that ensure learning is not lost at times of transition, from key stages 1 to 2 and from key stage 2 to 3 as well as from year to year. Instead, there is a dialogue and well-defined strategy that ensures seamless learning over time
- Assessment is an integral part of the curriculum planning process
In order to weave together the elements outlined above schools need to craft a whole school CPD strategy that ensures all staff who have a hand in delivering curriculum outcomes can articulate the part they play in ensuring pupils deepen their learning over time. Teachers must work together using structured planning time and professional dialogue. However, in order to use time effectively they also need to have the skills and knowledge to shape the pedagogy that will deliver what is defined in the vision or intent.
Our team at Learning Cultures have developed their expertise in this field over the past 20 years. We know what works well and how to plan for outstanding and high-quality learning. Collectively, we have an enviable range of skills linked to curriculum design, pedagogy for learning, the weaving of skills through all subject specific content and how to ensure assessment is part of a cohesively planned curriculum.
Our suite of curriculum CPD courses have been carefully crafted to create the right balance for schools to shape a learning culture over time. They can stand alone or be part of a planned programme of training for leaders, managers, teachers and support staff.
If you are the Headteacher or part of the senior leadership team and are planning the journey, shaping the vision and intent and defining the priorities you should attend one of our Re-defining series
- Re-defining the Primary Curriculum – Delivering high quality seamless and sequential learning across the primary phase
- Re-defining the Secondary Curriculum – Defining purpose, sequencing seamless content and delivering impact
If you are leading a subject or focusing on quality of learning within a faculty or department you need to attend our course looking at the importance of the subject expert. You also need to focus on the importance of weaving literacy and numeracy and the wider skills through all learning.
- Enhancing the Role of the Subject Leader – managing curriculum change that delivers sequential, seamless and deep knowledge and skills
- Literacy is the Language of Learning – Enhancing the role of the Literacy Co-ordinator across the secondary phase
- Making Number Count Across the Curriculum -Enhancing the role of the Numeracy Co-ordinator across the secondary phase
- Mastery and Deeper Learning in Literacy and Numeracy across the Primary Curriculum
If you are involved in ensuring seamless transition from one key stage to the next and want to focus on how to ensure there is an emphasis on the academic as well as the pastoral that will provide evidence of seamless learning don’t miss out on one of our transition courses
- Moving on – creating a transition strategy that builds a continuum of learning from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2
- Crossing the Transition Bridge – Seamless learning from Key Stage 2 to 3
Make sure, if you have responsibility for the assessment of learning, to join us at one of our assessment events. Assessment is key to the focus on curriculum implementation and how it impacts on learning. Consistent high-quality formative assessment will be an essential ingredient in the development of a cohesive and seamless curriculum.
- Re-defining formative assessment in the primary school – assessing the acquisition of skills and knowledge for deeper and sequential learning
- Re-defining formative assessment in the secondary school – assessing the acquisition of skills and knowledge for deeper and sequential learning
If your role is to measure the impact, or you have a part to play in determining how quality assurance delivers clearly defined outcomes join us at one of our courses that focus on how to assess for quality across all learning.
- Re-thinking Appraisal and Performance Management- Influencing learning, empowering people and creating a culture of positive change
- The Art of Positive Lesson Observation – How to use powerful feedback that nurtures reflection, learning and outstanding teaching
- Lesson Study – Enhancing learning through professional collaboration and enquiry
Remember all of these courses will have an element of coaching woven through. Developing a successful and sustainable coaching culture is a guarantee of success.