How do we weave curriculum design and intent into a blended learning tapestry?

How do senior leaders empower their teams to continue to plan for and implement a curriculum that has depth and breadth and delivers high quality learning? Have a look at some tips that we have compiled from research here in the UK and internationally, Planning a Blended Learning Strategy – Advice on planning for a blended future.

Planning for a blended learning curriculum is essential as the unfolding story of this pandemic continues to dominate. Schools are compelled to provide online learning where learners are not in school for whatever reason and this creates a challenge for curriculum leaders in how they plan and develop a curriculum that can be delivered both in school and online.

Schools have worked hard over the past two years to be curriculum ready for the introduction of the OFSTED Handbook in September 2019.  Nobody could have predicted what happened next and what did happen next has meant that for many the implementation of the intended curriculum is much more difficult to deliver and measure in terms of depth, breadth and cross curricular consistency, never mind the interweaving of skills and the challenge of mastery.

If seamless learning is the goal then forward planning and high quality professional conversations virtually or otherwise are essential.  Teachers and learners are back in school but for many time away from school is still a reality and if the situation deteriorates there is a suggestion that schools could operate a system where learners are in school for two weeks and home for two weeks.

With this as a possibility blending the learning between these two scenarios is the only way forward. Planning ahead for this is critical and requires innovation and creativity in how teachers can use the learning of the last six months to create a tapestry curriculum that blends technology with other traditional learning tools to ensure that the curriculum can be delivered and can provide learners with the knowledge and skills they need to progress and learn.

Our course Blended Learning – Mixing the Virtual with the Actual: a pedagogy for the future focuses on some of the issues that all staff especially middle leaders and teachers need to focus on. Essentially, planning a blended curriculum, teaching and learning strategies, building in challenge, tackling engagement, assessment and collaboration between teachers and teachers, teachers and learners and peer to peer learner interaction. We have drawn on national and international research combined with our own team’s considerable expertise to build a course that will inform future strategy and curriculum planning. Use our self-assessment tool to assess how ready you are to blend the learning and then join us and learn a great deal.

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