Curriculum in Motion: Session One

Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage, Robertson House, Six Hills Way
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Guest Speakers / Penny Slater
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All Leaders / Assistant Headteachers / Chair/Vice Chairs of Governors / Deputy Headteachers / Governors / Heads of Department/Faculty / Heads of Year / Headteachers / Middle Leaders / New Headteachers / New/Aspiring Middle Leaders / New/Aspiring Subject Leaders / Senior Leaders / Subject Leaders
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Event Description
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

Guest speaker:
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. 

Herts Showcase:
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!

Training objectives

  • to provide an opportunity for leaders to engage in topical debate regarding curriculum design, implementation and impact

  • to provide an opportunity for leaders to hear from colleagues who have invested considerable time and energy to this area of school improvement

  • to provide a space for leaders to reflect on input and make decisions that are right for their settings

Learning outcomes
Following the sessions, colleagues will:

  • have gained greater clarity of the key considerations and challenges facing those invested in curriculum design and implementation

  • be better equipped to make informed decisions regarding curriculum development in relation to school needs

  • feel empowered to articulate decisions made regarding curriculum design and implementation

Additional Information
Start Date
Monday 25 November 2019
End Date
Monday 25 November 2019
Closing Date
Sunday 24 November 2019
13:00 - 16:15
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