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Key Stage 3: A Vital Piece in the Curriculum Jigsaw - make sure they are the worthwhile years

How important is Key Stage 3 in your school? - This highly regarded training courses provides delegates with an opportunity to 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 intent and rationale, implementation and impact in response to the publication of OFSTED's handbook for schools November 2019 which will be used in schools from now. This event examines the messages from OFSTED which are particularly relevant for those involved in the planning and delivery of a curriculum for Key Stage 3. We have a wealth of resources and activities that delegates can use to focus on good and best practice in the design and delivery of a Key Stage 3 curriculum offer. We focus on how to develop a transition policy that ensures pupils build on prior learning from Key Stage 2.  We look at how to sequence learning within and across subjects and we examine how to weave skills and knowledge through highly effective pedagogy to create a deep and rich curriculum offer that will prepare pupils for Key Stage 4 and beyond.

"Inspectors will be particularly alert to signs of narrowing in Key Stage 2 and 3 curriculums.  If a school has shortened a Key Stage, inspectors will look to see that it has made provision to ensure that pupils still have the opportunity to study a broad range of subject in years 7 to 9."

School inspection update - Sean Harford

The day will include:-

  • OFSTED, policy and research. What is in the new OFSTED handbook for schools now published and ready for use in schools and the implications for planning a Key Stage 3 curriculum
  • Time to reflect on the content of the curriculum that has been taught in year 5 and 6 and what pupils should know and be able to do as they cross the transition bridge
  • A review of the substance of knowledge and skills that pupils should acquire as part of a key stage 3 sequenced curriculum that ensures pupils are well prepared for study in key stage 4 and beyond
  • 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 as part of creating a deep and rich curriculum offer
  • A focus on assessment and how the curriculum and assessment should be inseparable, build on prior achievement and inform future learning
  • 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
  • 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.

 

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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