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creating a curriculum?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by jillguy40, Mar 1, 2020.

  1. jillguy40

    jillguy40 New commenter

    As an academy we are in the process of creating our own curriculum based on the National Curriculum. We are being told that Ofsted expect this to be completed in one year! Is this true?
  2. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    Why not start with teaching the NC, then amend gradually and bit by bit as you go, improving on what the NC offers, rather than trying to create from zero at one go?
    bessiesmith2 likes this.
  3. Grandsire

    Grandsire Star commenter

    Well, I don’t think “creating” is the right word for the process. You do need to know a few things, namely
    • what you’re teaching (the National Curriculum is the starting point)
    • when you’re teaching it (i.e. in what order through the school, so your pupils can develop skills - and show progression)
    • and why you’re teaching it to your particular pupils (what is it that your pupils need, as a result of who they are, where they live, the choices they make etc.?)
    It doesn’t have to be an arduous process. We did an audit of topics and skills that people were already teaching, mapped them to the National Curriculum, and found gaps, mostly because people had moved year groups and decided to do something different without checking with subject co-ordinators that it was okay. We spent some time as co-ordinators checking there was progression of skills across the years in our subjects, and are gradually shifting towards our own school curriculum (albeit heavily-based on the NC) over the next year.

    Remember Ofsted’s new three-word-mantra: INTENT, IMPLEMENTATION and IMPACT. What do you hope to do, how are you going to do it, and how will you know it’s working?

    Personally, I welcomed a chance to remind staff of the expectation that they teach regularly and well a foundation-subject I lead...! It’s interesting too that the member of staff who for years has gone out of their way to not-teach a range subjects they dislike is now on the SLT and the most vociferous campaigner for everyone teaching what they should be teaching!!

    Hope that helps.

    (Of course, it’ll all be forgotten when Covid19 hits and we’re packed to the gunnels with mixed-age classes of 173 children each for weeks on end...)
    sbkrobson and Pomza like this.
  4. moscowbore

    moscowbore Star commenter

    There are legal limits to the number of students per teacher. Go over that and schools will need to close.
  5. moscowbore

    moscowbore Star commenter

    An academy can teach what it likes. No need to reference any curriculum.
  6. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    So, if you don't create your curriculum in a year, what are the children going to be learning?
    You have to have a curriculum NOW (just like the rest of us). You may well (as every school in the country does) modify your curriculum as you go as you see better ways of doing things.
    Imagine the conversation with OFSTED as you say "well we haven't got a curriculum yet...." (fly on the wall time).
    ajrowing likes this.
  7. Sisyphus_rolls_again

    Sisyphus_rolls_again Established commenter

    Not according to what has been in the news today.
  8. Sisyphus_rolls_again

    Sisyphus_rolls_again Established commenter

    "The battle plan says the following could happen:

    • Emergency registration of health professionals who have retired
    • Emergency indemnity coverage for health care workers to provide care or diagnostic services
    • Relaxation of rules around staff to pupil ratios in education and childcare settings"
    From Sky News.
  9. ajrowing

    ajrowing Lead commenter

    Are those health care professionals who retired, probably for similar reasons that teachers retire early really going to be tempted back?

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