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An in a nutshell course - Designing a secondary curriculum - a deep dive into the key concepts of curriculum design for the secondary school

An in a nutshell course - Designing a secondary curriculum - a 'deep dive' into the key concepts of curriculum design for the secondary school

Part of our nutshell series of one hour webinars, this course will provide an introduction to how to ensure that the curriculum provides depth and breadth, is planned to reflect the school's ambition for its pupils and the rationale for whole school success.  The webinar includes video presentations from one of our expert curriculum team.  We also provide resources and materials that will be referred to and that can be used as opportunities for discussion and reflection following on from the training session. 

This nutshell course will include:-

  • Curriculum design as a process from design intentions to implementation across a range of subjects and through cross curriculum concepts and connections
  • A focus on impact and the criteria by which the curriculum can be judged to be achieving the ambition the school has for pupils
  • A review of the key concepts that need to be considered when deciding on specific curriculum design features
  • Using a set of carefully researched indicators to ensure there is no mismatch between the planned and the delivered curriculum

The webinar will include video presentations, proformas for discussion and planning, card templates for an activity that can be used with staff again and again, some research documents that can be downloaded for future reading to inform change or strengthen the decision making process and presentation slides with a voice over and transcript.

This is part of a growing suite of nutsell courses we are planning. CPD is an essential part of school life and these webinars provide a flexible alternative to face to face training which can be difficult to timetable.  We are running a suite of live webinars as 2½ hour morning or twilight sessions where the trainer is live using an online platform.  These are proving very popular but for some the flexibility of these nutshells may be more accessible and flexible for use at any time.

Who is this nutshell course for?

This nutshell course is for those with a responsibility for ensuring the curriculum meets the needs of all learners, has the relevant breadth and balance and will allow progression and deep learning for all learners across the ability spectrum.  This will include headteachers and their senior leadership teams. It will also be very valuable as a starting point for subject specialists, faculty leaders and Heads of Department who have responsibliity for making sure the planned intent is translated into highly relevant and coherent strategies for implementation. It will also be useful for those with responsibility for continuing professional development who can use the content to disseminate widely to staff within the school.




£95 +VAT

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This course is written and facilitated by John Price and Glynis Frater. John has been a Headteacher and a member of the executive team at Wolverhampton Local Authority where he worked closely with Government and schools as they developed new and innovative curriculum and timetabling structures for secondary schools across England and Wales. John's knowledge of secondary curriculum design and implementation is deep and profound. He brings challenge and innovative ideas to support all those who need to have the right answers to the 'deep dive' questions that all staff involved in curriculum will be asked. 

Ask us about INSET for all your staff. We can facilitate break out rooms, discussions and activities between participants who are in different places. We provide the materials and resources and a face to face presenter so the quality of the CPD is the same as if everyone was in the room together.

Join us for this short taster and consider a whole school training opportunity to embrace the whole staff in thinking about their contribution to ensuring a high-quality curriculum is an integral part of whole school or college continuous improvement.

Have a look at our suite of off the shelf, stand-alone CPD packages that provide all you need to run five sessions of CPD at a time to suit the school or college timetable. Find out more here.