What are effective processes for curriculum construction, debate and renewal?
In reality, how is the curriculum used as a progression model?
Which factors influence the inclusion or omission of content within different curriculum models?
Which factors influence the order of content across different curriculum disciplines within the curriculum?
Following the success of the Primary Curriculum Symposium, HfL are delighted to launch a follow-up CPD offer: Curriculum in Motion. This series of half-day CPD sessions will allow leaders to continue the conversations begun during the Curriculum Symposium and to re-focus on key curriculum questions, such as those listed above. For those leaders who did not attend the Curriculum Symposium, the sessions will provide an excellent opportunity to engage in the topical debates surrounding curriculum design and implementation.
The 5 Curriculum in Motion sessions, which will be spread across the academic year 2019/20, will feature guest speakers, all of whom have considerable experience of forming and shaping bespoke curriculums, designed to meet the needs of learners within their diverse settings. Acting on the feedback from the Curriculum Symposium, each session will feature a speaker who is able to give practical insights into the processes, challenges and considerations associated with visioning and implementing a primary curriculum. In addition, the sessions will incorporate time and space to allow for leaders to consider, debate and respond to the content being presented.
Curriculum in Motion Session One: 25th November 2019
Ed Vainker, Co-founder and Executive Principal of Reach Academy Feltham
Developing a carefully sequenced, knowledge-rich curriculum
The session will explore the journey that Reach Academy Feltham has taken in developing its History and Geography curriculum. It will explore the evidence base underpinning the approach and then how the curriculum is implemented by reviewing a range of resources. Finally it will set out how the curriculum is enacted at Reach and other schools, digging into the pedagogy and teacher development strategies used.
Debbie Fenn, Headteacher at St Andrews C of E (VA) in Hitchin, will offer an insightful reflection into how a change of ethos creates a dynamic, flexible and life enhancing curriculum. With an example from the significantly insignificant that started it all off!