Curriculum thinking: reading and resources for staff

Are you undertaking curriculum planning or considering a curriculum re-fresh? Or just want a better understanding of what is meant by curriculum? Use these resources as a starting point

For state schools in England, a renewed focus on the curriculum has been kickstarted by the Ofsted inspection framework. The quality of education judgement is based around:

  • intent – is the curriculum ambitious and coherently planned?
  • implementation – does the teaching help learners remember content and integrate new knowledge into larger concepts?
  • impact – do learners achieve well, and are they ready for the next stage of their education?

Find out what we have learned so far about the inspection framework in practice.

Unpacking the curriculum

Are you considering a curriculum re-think? Headteacher Josephine Smith shares a seven-step subject review process for secondary schools, while teaching and learning director Tom Fay provides a question framework to ensure all staff are involved.

See more on curriculum management.

Leading a curriculum team

The role of a subject leader or head of department is an exciting but challenging one. You need to lead and inspire, manage people, get paperwork done, monitor quality of teaching – and ensure you continue to do a good job in your own classroom.

To help with this juggling act, download the head of department year planner, primary middle leader year planner or independent school head of department planner.

Use the middle leaders skills audit to assess your strengths and areas for development, then select relevant units from the middle leadership essentials training course.

Preparing for inspection

If you’re a teacher, subject leader or senior leader and expecting a call from ISI or Ofsted inspectors, these resources will come in useful.

See more on inspections.

Get inspired

‘Focusing on an arts-based curriculum has had such a huge impact on our pupils’ wider learning, and we’re now in the top one per cent of the country for pupil progress’ says headteacher Naveed Idrees. Read about his journey from special measures to outstanding with an art-based curriculum on the Optimus blog.

For more inspiration, find out how:

Last Updated: 
17 Mar 2021