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Re-defining the Secondary Curriculum - Defining purpose, sequencing seamless content and delivering impact

cascading learning

This course builds on the research and the latest information from OFSTED including their new handbook for schools published on 14th May 2019 which will be used in schools from now. We have followed the in-depth research into what creates a quality curriculum that translates standards into practice and ensures there is breadth, balance and challenge that embraces all pupils from across the ability range and builds on prior learning year to year and key stage to key stage. 

Our expert curriculum coach will explain the changes in detail and will provide a wealth of resources and materials that will enable secondary headteachers and their senior leadership teams to define their curriculum intent and enable subject leaders and their teams to translate the rationale and ambition into a curriculum that has breadth and depth, builds on prior learning and ensures high levels of progression and deeper learning for all pupils across the ability spectrum. We also look at the concepts that underpin highly effective and seamless curriculum design

The new framework focuses on how the curriculum is planned, implemented and assessed for impact,

Inspectors will explore:

  • "how carefully leaders have thought about what end points the curriculum is building towards, what pupils will be able to know and do at those end points, and how they have planned the curriculum accordingly".
  • "how leaders have sequenced the curriculum to enable pupils to build their knowledge and skills towards agreed end points".
  • "how leaders have ensured that the subject curriculum contains content which has been identified as most useful, and ensure that this content is taught in a logical progression, systematically and explicitly enough for all pupils to acquire the intended knowledge and skills".

This one-day training course will focus on:-

  • A reflection on what is currently seen as excellent practice in curriculum design and delivery across the secondary phase in relation to the research and proposed changes to the OFSTED handbook.  The emphasis on sequencing learning, defining concepts and ensuring pupils build on prior learning and work towards defined end points along their journey are explored
  • Priorities for change linked to what currently works well, what needs to change in relation to the message that this is an evolution and not a revolution and how this links to current planning for key stage 3, 4 and beyond
  • Designing a deep knowledge rich and skills focused curriculum that will deliver breadth, balance and challenge and ensure all pupils can access the key concepts and deepen their knowledge and understanding over time
  • A clear focus on how to ensure that those that implement and assess the curriculum understand the importance of developing competence in a range of literacy, numeracy and other generic skills in all subjects and across the wider curriculum so that pupils access knowledge and understanding seamlessly from year 6 to year 11 and beyond
  • The development of a whole school formative assessment strategy that ensures teachers and support staff develop classroom assessment practices that are directly linked to the planned curriculum
  • Planning backwards to ensure pupils have access to a learning journey that will lead to high levels of progression and success in examinations and other measures of achievement so that there is no suggestion that the curriculum is 'designed simply as a focus on exam success in year 11'
  • Giving time to review next steps in how to take the learning from the day back to school to disseminate to senior and middle teams and to teachers and support staff across subjects, year teams, teachers and support staff

All our training is designed so that those who attend can take their learning back to school and share it with others.  We provide all our resources for use on the day and then electronically afterwards so that they can be used for other training or as part of ongoing team building.

Who is it for?

Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers and Assistant Heads who are responsible for curriculum planning and the on-going quality of teaching, learning and assessment. It will also be useful for the person in school who is responsible for continuing professional development (CPD) of all staff.  Middle leaders with responsibility for teaching and learning, timetabling and data who need to review their planning to ensure that they can support leaders and subject specialists in creating a synergy between what is planned and what is delivered.  This event may also be useful for those involved in the transition process from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3 where a continuum of learning is essential to ensuring progression.

All our events are centrally located. Registration and refreshments are available from 9.30am for a 10.00am start and we finish around 3.30pm to 4.00pm.

We also offer this event as an INSET or for groups of senior leaders to work together to build collaborative approaches to curriculum planning and delivery for the whole school.

This event is primarily for those involved in the structure and planning of the school curriculum. For those involved in delivery of the curriculum or are more focused on departmental and classroom management we have courses to complement this one, we would suggest,

All our events are centrally located. Registration and refreshments are available from 9.30am for a 10.00am start, and we will finish around 3.30-4.00pm. We always provide lunch.


First Delegate:

£295 +VAT

Second or Subsequent Delegate Price:

£245 +VAT

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