Redesigning the curriculum: a short guide for the new, novice or nervous

By Helen Snelson, published 28th June 2019

Help! Where do we start?

A short guide to making a start with redesigning the curriculum

We realise that the task of curriculum redesign is huge and these steps are to help you make a start.

It's also important to note that Heather Fearn, Ofsted Curriculum and Development lead, has said:

  • that Ofsted is NOT expecting teachers to give up their summers to have a completely updated curriculum ready by September. The curriculum is an organic and evolving thing and it is the clear progress on the journey that is the key.
  • that curriculum is about WHAT is taught and should not be confused with teaching and learning strategies which are about the HOW.
  • that “Intent is not a statement. It is your curriculum plans ‐ the outline of what you intend children should learn. This outline of your curriculum is probably held in schemes of learning not a statement.” (@Twitter 16/6/19).

Attached is a help-sheet with practical steps you can take and questions to ask as you start to redesign the curriculum.

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