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How Important is Key Stage 3? Create a knowledge rich and skills focused curriculum that builds on prior learning and is a springboard for Key Stage 4 and beyond

How important is Key Stage 3 in your school? - We reflect on how to plan a pedagogical journey that builds on the learning in the primary phase and develops the knowledge and skills learners need to achieve at Key Stage 4 and beyond.

Key Stage 3 is firmly in the spotlight as secondary schools review curriculum planning, delivery and impact in the light of changes next year to the OFSTED handbook and a continued focus from policy makers into the curriculum and how its delivery is fit for purpose for all pupils. The primary curriculum is now much richer and it is essential that those with responsibility for developing the Key Stage 3 curriculum are aware of the depth of learning expected of pupils in years 4, 5 and 6 and can build on that learning through the development of challenging content and highly skilful teaching and learning strategies. Equally the Key Stage 4 curriculum and the rigours of GCSE mean that Key Stage 3 is an essential time for pupils to start to learn the techniques and higher levels of response skills they need for success at GCSE and beyond.  This event examines the content of the curriculum at Key Stage 3, the focus on how to build on prior learning year on year and as part of transition from primary to secondary school. It also focuses on how best to use the approaches to assessment that are integral to study for GCSE lower down the school thus preparing pupils over time for the rigours of higher level, independent and more technical learning.

"Overall, what we've found in this first phase of work is that there is a serious risk of the curriculum being denuded. Not by the tests or exams themselves, which are the best way we know of assessing knowledge and understanding, but by the approach some schools take to preparing pupils for them."

OFSTED and their review of the curriculum prior to their plans to revise their Handbook for 2019

The day will include:-

  • An update on current policy in relation to the latest information on curriculum design, delivery and impact,
  • A focus on assessment and how the curriculum and assessment should be inseparable
  • A review of the content of the Key Stage 3 curriculum in relation to English, Maths and Science and how to plan for delivering a consistent approach to other subject learning
  • A focus on how to ensure that literacy and numeracy are an integral part of all learning in all subjects and how to help learners to make connections and adeptly put concept into context
  • Consider how to weave the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural element of curriculum and how this impacts on the new OFSTED criteria to prepare pupils for life in modern Britain
  • An opportunity to look closely at the assessment level descriptors at Key Stage 4 and how these might be used and adapted as part of the planned assessment strategy throughout Key Stage 3
  • Sharing ideas and best practice examples of the pedagogical approaches that will support higher level thinking, independent learning, enquiry and creativity across all learning in years 7,8 and 9
  • Time to reflect on what needs to change and what is working well and review some innovative ideas that will help to shape a new approach to learning at Key Stage 3, create positive assessment strategies and deliver a skills focused holistic curriculum
  • We use a range of materials and resources on the day that are available electronically so that they can be used again as part of ongoing CPD back in school. We can also offer this event as an in-house event for groups of staff, as an INSET for the whole school or as twilight sessions as part of planned CPD in school.

Who should attend?

Senior leaders and policy makers who want to review the strategy for curriculum content and teaching and learning in this crucial stage of education. Key Stage 3 leaders and managers who will be responsible for implementing any planned changes to the curriculum, models of assessment and teaching and learning strategies. Year 7,8 and 9 leaders who need to have a good understanding of the content and value of the curriculum at key stage 3. Heads of curriculum planning and heads of subject or faculty who will benefit from an opportunity to share ideas and have time to review and plan how to build a robust key stage 3 offer for their subject that dovetails into all learning and that ensures learners make significant progress and exceed expectations by the time they leave year 11.

The Curriculum and Assessment team at Learning Cultures

The new curriculum requires new thinking and new approaches to teaching and learning. The depth of content and need to focus on mastery as part of the new assessment process is very different. We are looking closely at research into best practice in relation to the changes and are building our own bank of resources to support schools develop consistent and robust approaches to ensuring all staff have the skills and resources to deliver the new curriculum, build new assessment models and understand the pedagogy that will deliver the desired learner progression. Go to the About Us page on our website to find out more about our team. If you would like to subscribe to our newsletters please click here.

Prices:

First Delegate:

£295 +VAT

Second or Subsequent Delegate Price:

£245 +VAT

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What our clients say about this course

  • "An excellent and informative day, lots of ideas to take back to school".  Teacher from a school in Kent 
  • "Fantastic days training.  Really enjoyed the practical activities and being able to share ideas with other delegates".  Head of department from a school in London
  • "I've really enjoyed today. There were lots of good discussions". Head of KS3 from a school in Birmingham
  • "A positive day, it created an opportunity for me to think about my options to move forward with KS3". Teacher of KS3 from a school in Manchester
  • "Such an informative day. Lots of food for thought". Teacher from a school in London
  • "Really useful hands on approach with specific ideas to use and implement immediately in school". Teacher from a school in Cardiff
  • "Every minute of the session was relevant and informative. A brilliant day". Head of KS3 from a school in Bristol
  • "Great day with lots to think about and take forward". Teacher of KS3 from a school in London
  • "A very useful day. I am looking forward to taking ideas from today into school". Assistant Headteacher from a school in Exeter
  • "A really valuable day which was very engaging". Teacher from a school in Middlesex

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  • "An excellent and informative day, lots of ideas to take back to school".  Teacher from a school in Kent 
  • "Fantastic days training.  Really enjoyed the practical activities and being able to share ideas with other delegates".  Head of department from a school in London
  • "I've really enjoyed today. There were lots of good discussions". Head of KS3 from a school in Birmingham
  • "A positive day, it created an opportunity for me to think about my options to move forward with KS3". Teacher of KS3 from a school in Manchester
  • "Such an informative day. Lots of food for thought". Teacher from a school in London
  • "Really useful hands on approach with specific ideas to use and implement immediately in school". Teacher from a school in Cardiff
  • "Every minute of the session was relevant and informative. A brilliant day". Head of KS3 from a school in Bristol
  • "Great day with lots to think about and take forward". Teacher of KS3 from a school in London
  • "A very useful day. I am looking forward to taking ideas from today into school". Assistant Headteacher from a school in Exeter
  • "A really valuable day which was very engaging". Teacher from a school in Middlesex
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