Curriculum gap analysis is a process of reviewing and evaluating the content of a curriculum against the actual skills and knowledge that students are expected to have at the end of their learning. Curriculum gap analysis can help educators identify where students may be missing essential information and skills, allowing for interventions to be put in place so that all students have an opportunity to succeed. This blog post will outline the steps involved in conducting a curriculum gap analysis and what to do when gaps are found.
When it comes to curriculum planning, OfSTED expects to see a thoroughly planned curriculum that is fit for purpose and responsive to the needs of all learners. As part of the curriculum review process, inspectors will look at how well the curriculum meets the needs of all students, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This will involve looking at whether the curriculum is fully inclusive and allows all students to make good progress.
To conduct a curriculum gap analysis, you will need to:
- Review the current curriculum content and identify what skills and knowledge students are expected to have at the end of their learning.
- Compare this against the actual skills and knowledge that students have.
- Identify any gaps that exist between the two.
- Put in place interventions to address any identified curriculum gaps.
When conducting a curriculum gap analysis, it is essential to keep in mind that different types of curriculum gaps can exist. These include:
- Content gaps: These are gaps in the curriculum content itself. For example, a curriculum may not cover all required topics or skills.
- Implementation gaps: These are gaps in how the curriculum is being implemented. For example, students may not be given enough opportunities to practice and apply what they learn.
- Achievement gaps: These are gaps that exist in student achievement. For example, some students may not be meeting the expected standards for their grade level.
Once you have identified any curriculum gaps, it is vital to place interventions to address them. The type of intervention will depend on the nature of the gap. For example, if there is a content gap, you may need to revise the curriculum to include additional topics or skills. If there is an implementation gap, you may need to provide more opportunities for students to practice and apply what they are learning. And if there is an achievement gap, you may need to provide targeted support to help students catch up.
No matter what type of curriculum gap you are dealing with, it is crucial to take action to address it. By doing so, you can help ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed.