Are you ready for an Ofsted deep dive into your curriculum? In this blog post, you’ll learn how to develop a bespoke curriculum for your primary school that meets the requirements of Ofsted’s new 2019 Curriculum Framework.
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What Is the New 2019 Ofsted Curriculum Framework?
Ofsted published a new inspection framework in May 2019, which directly addresses a “narrowing of the curriculum” in primary schools and a lack of high-quality learning opportunities in certain schools for some pupils. The framework came into effect for all school visits from September 2019 — following a period of consultation with more than 15,000 people and organisations — and now looks at the “intent” of the school curriculum rather than just ensuring that national curriculum objectives are being achieved.
Following the guidelines set out in the new 2019 Ofsted framework, your primary school curriculum will need to be ambitious and give all learners the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Children Who Can is able to help you with this through our school curriculum workshops, teacher curriculum development training and bespoke curriculum consultancy services.
How Do You Design Your Own Primary School Curriculum?
There are three key stages to designing an Ofsted-compliant curriculum:
- Defining the Curriculum Intent: The curriculum should be coherently planned and sequenced, ensuring that it carries the same ambitions for all learners and that all learners can study the full curriculum.
- Implementation: Your teachers will need to have good subject knowledge and support from leaders, presenting subjects clearly and identifying misconceptions to help pupils retain knowledge in the long term and achieve positive learning outcomes.
- Impact: Your updated 2019 curriculum should provide effective learning across the curriculum and ensure all pupils are ready for the next phase in life and widely read after completing their current stage of the curriculum.
5 Top Tips on Curriculum Design for UK Primary Schools
If you want to deliver a curriculum that meets the needs of your children, staff and community while responding to the requirements of Ofsted’s 2019 framework update, here are our top tips to ensure success.
- Attend the Children Who Can Half-Day CWC Curriculum Conference
Children Who Can regularly provides half-day curriculum design and development conferences for teachers and primary school educators. These conferences are typically held in stand-out venues across Yorkshire, including Carlton Towers, and are hosted by Dr Julie Snead, a primary education expert and previous Executive Principal with over 25 years of primary education experience. During our curriculum conferences, participants learn about Dr Snead’s innovative approach to primary teaching and learning — the CWC Way — and gain practical tips and insights on how to design their own curriculum using the approaches outlined by Dr Snead. For information about when the next CWC Curriculum Conference is, check the upcoming events page on our website.
- Work with an Experienced Primary Curriculum Designer
When planning a new primary curriculum for your school, it is always a good idea to collaborate with a trusted external consultant who can point out improvements, highlight Ofsted requirements and suggest new approaches. Providing a highly respected curriculum consultancy service, Children Who Can has worked with many primary schools across Yorkshire and the wider UK to design, develop and deliver tailor-made curriculum solutions that meet the social, educational and emotional needs of pupils in compliance with the new Ofsted 2019 curriculum framework. We can work collaboratively with your teachers and executives, ensuring that all concerns and requirements are taken into consideration.
- Sign up for Curriculum Development Training for Teachers and Educators
Curriculum design can feel like an overwhelming challenge when you are first confronted with the new curriculum framework and all its requirements. However, once you’ve received some basic training in curriculum design principals and gained the support of an expert consultant, you’ll soon be confidently working alongside parents, pupils and educators to deliver a curriculum your primary school can be proud of. We highly recommend investing in curriculum development training for your educators so that they can take ownership of your curriculum and responsibility for effectively delivering it to the benefit of all pupils.
- Adopt a Mission-Based Approach to Curriculum Design
Dr Snead developed a research-based mission approach to curriculum design and innovation called the CWC Way, which focuses on changing the interactional dimensions within the classroom, ensuring pupil collaboration and promoting investigation and problem-solving skills. By adopting a mission-based and pupil-led approach to curriculum design, educators involve children in the planning process so that they can generate and discuss their own ideas, which engages pupils in critical thinking. This also helps to ensure that the curriculum is relevant and makes connections between school and home life, engaging children in higher-order thinking and helping them to generate new knowledge while constructing explanations and drawing conclusions.
- Consult with Pupils and Parents
It is vital that children and their families are fully involved in the curriculum work of the school so that pupils can learn for themselves and lead their own learning. This consultative approach is fully inclusive and supportive of all pupils, irrespective of their background, experience or ability. The CWC approach has multiple additional benefits, helping children to develop oracy skills and learn how to speak, listen, debate and question. In planning the direction of their work, pupils will discuss ideas, form plans, reason, negotiate and make decisions to develop their understanding.