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Re-defining the Primary Curriculum - Content, cohesion and purpose

Creating a Cohesive and Successful Primary Curriculum - Ensuring depth and breadth and a continuum of learning

This event focuses on the need to reflect on how the curriculum is planned to ensure the purpose, intent and impact are clear.

OFSTED are undertaking 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.  This event addresses some of the fundamental issues that are critical in ensuring that your curriculum is fit for purpose, has mastery and deeper learning at its core and provides pupils with a rich experience that allows them to develop the skills they need to explore, access knowledge and understanding and make connections across all their learning. 

"OFSTED's job [in relation to the curriculum] is to look at what decisions are made, how they are translated into practice and how schools know they are having the intended effect for all pupils." Amanda Spielman OFSTED July 3rd 2018

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 primary phase
  • The essential ingredients that will ensure there are clearly defined strategies that build on prior learning from key stage to key stage and year to year
  • Designing a mastery model that will deliver breadth, balance and challenge and ensure all pupils can access the key concepts and deepen their knowledge and understanding
  • A clear focus on the skills that pupils need to have in order to access knowledge and understanding of the core and wider curriculum and how these can be woven into a tapestry of learning
  • 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 build the skills they need to access curriculum knowledge and understanding that will lead to high levels of progression and success in statutory end of phase assessment so that there is no suggestion that the curriculum is 'designed to the test'
  • Giving time to review what currently works well, what could be improved and innovations that will have an impact on learning and achievement and meet the school vision and improvement plan using a coaching tool that can be shared and disseminated with others back in school

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 and learning.  It will also be useful for the person in school who is responsible for continuing professional development (CPD) of all staff.  Subject specialists and teachers across all year groups who need to review their planning and schemes of work to ensure that they provide powerful learning opportunities and deliver high levels of progression.  This event may also be useful for those involved in the transition process from Key Stage to Key Stage where a continuum of learning is essential.

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.

 

Prices:

First Delegate:

£295 +VAT

Second or Subsequent Delegate Price:

£245 +VAT

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What our clients say about this course

  • "I thoroughly enjoyed today. Excellent ideas, discussions, guidance and thinking points, thank you." A Deputy Headteacher from a primary school in Dudley
  • "A fantastic day, great discussions, chance for reflections and time to think about potential changes that can be made within the school." A primary Headteacher from a primary school in Swindon
  • "Thank you - very supportive and constructive day.  I have more than I could have hoped for in our quest to rethink our curriculum. The knowledge of the trainer has given me a lot of confidence to try a few things out." Headteacher from a primary school in Qatar
  • "An excellent day, lots of ideas and practical suggestions as to how to restructure our curriculum." Head of Teaching and Learning from an all through school in Cumbria
  • "Fabulous! Great discussions and real-life cross phase examples from a highly experienced trainer. The practical resources and activities have given me the perfect starting point." Headteacher from a primary school in Lancashire
  • "A very thoughtful, encouraging and effective day. Sets me up to return to school and make my next steps". Head of a school in Birmingham

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  • "I thoroughly enjoyed today. Excellent ideas, discussions, guidance and thinking points, thank you." A Deputy Headteacher from a primary school in Dudley
  • "A fantastic day, great discussions, chance for reflections and time to think about potential changes that can be made within the school." A primary Headteacher from a primary school in Swindon
  • "Thank you - very supportive and constructive day.  I have more than I could have hoped for in our quest to rethink our curriculum. The knowledge of the trainer has given me a lot of confidence to try a few things out." Headteacher from a primary school in Qatar
  • "An excellent day, lots of ideas and practical suggestions as to how to restructure our curriculum." Head of Teaching and Learning from an all through school in Cumbria
  • "Fabulous! Great discussions and real-life cross phase examples from a highly experienced trainer. The practical resources and activities have given me the perfect starting point." Headteacher from a primary school in Lancashire
  • "A very thoughtful, encouraging and effective day. Sets me up to return to school and make my next steps". Head of a school in Birmingham
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