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

21st century educationCreating a curriculum that ensure depth and breadth, is fit for purpose for all learners and is a learning platform that will ensure progression and achievement at Key Stage 4 and beyond is an essential starting point for all secondary schools.  OFSTED are undertaking a review of curriculum provision across the school spectrum over the next few months with a view to updating their framework for September 2019.  However, there are several issues and messages that are clearly exercising the agenda now. This event gives those with responsibility for designing the curriculum an opportunity to reflect on their current curriculum offer, its intent, implementation and impact. The curriculum must provide opportunities for learners to develop the skills they need to access knowledge and understanding across a wide ranging array of subjects, focus on wider issues such as citizenship and British values and build on prior learning from the end of Key Stage 2 until the end of their learning journey in school.

The day will include:-

  • An opportunity to reflect on what is high on the policy and inspectorate agenda and how this translates into positive curriculum planning, including ensuring the curriculum dovetails into what has been taught in Year 5 and 6, the content and length of KS3 and how the KS3 and KS4 curriculum is planned to ensure that it meets the needs of all learners, the low-achiever, learners who are achieving and those who are higher ability learners
  • The latest information and data linked to Progress 8, the emerging GCSE and A Level landscape, accountability and progression
  • Time to look at some of the current issues linked to the theory and practice of curriculum design, what is the theory behind curriculum planning? what is a quality curriculum? what is a challenging curriculum? how do we sequence learning to challenge and stretch the learner?
  • A focus on the imperative to develop a curriculum that entwines skills and knowledge across all subjects, where learners can make connections across their learning, deepen their understanding and develop effective problem-solving skills, work independently and be creative
  • A review of how to use highly collaborative formative assessment to monitor individual pupil progress and to re-focus the curriculum, where necessary, to ensure the learning is continuous and all learners progress to their expected standard
  • Looking at some best practice curriculum models and what is working well now for individual schools, what needs to change and potential innovative ideas
  • How to involve all staff across the subject spectrum to collaborate and build a curriculum model that is seamless and challenges learners to achieve in KS3, 4 and where appropriate KS5

Have a look at our L.E.A.R.N. planning tool to help you make a start.

Who should attend?

Members of the senior leadership team who have been a part of strategic planning and who have responsibility for designing a curriculum that is fit for purpose and meets the needs of all learners. Curriculum managers and those with responsibility for subject specific curriculum design such as Assistant Heads and Subject Leaders.

This event has been designed by John Price an expert in curriculum design, modelling and timetabling. He has been a Head teacher and a member of the executive team at Wolverhampton Local Authority where he worked closely with government and schools around the country as they developed new and innovative curriculum and timetabling structures to support collaborative working and an inclusive learning platform that ensured progression pathways were assured for all learners.

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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