Curriculum planning for a new academic year

It is the start of a new academic year, and education and training providers will turn to curriculum plans to begin their delivery. It is a perfect time to reflect on what has been delivered and ensure the plans are ready. Curriculum planning can be tricky, and in this blog, we are offering a few tips on planning a purposeful curriculum.

When thinking about curriculum planning, it is important to consider the following:

  • The purpose of the curriculum: What are the goals and objectives that need to be met?
  • The students: Who will be receiving the education or training? What are their needs and abilities?
  • The resources: What materials and facilities support the curriculum delivery?
  • The timetable: How much time is available for each subject or topic?

Creating a Curriculum Plan

Once these considerations have been made, curriculum planning can begin. There are a few steps that should be followed when creating a curriculum plan:

  • Choose the topics or subjects that need to be covered. This will be based on the goals and objectives that have been set.
  • Decide on the order in which the topics or subjects will be covered. This will be based on the student’s needs and the available resources.
  • Create learning objectives for each topic or subject. These should be specific and measurable so that progress can be monitored.
  • Choose activities and resources to support the curriculum delivery and meet the student’s needs.
  • Plan assessment opportunities throughout the curriculum to ensure students meet the learning objectives.

Curriculum planning is an important process that should not be rushed. By taking the time to consider all aspects of the curriculum, education and training providers can create a purposeful plan that meets the needs of all students.

You must also consider what OfSTED will look for in your curriculum plans. The Quality of Education remains a fundamental element of the inspection framework. Some of the things inspectors will be looking at including the following:

  • The rationale for the curriculum: why have certain decisions been made?
  • The curriculum balance: is there a good mix of academic and practical learning?
  • The sequencing of the curriculum: is it logical and fit for purpose?
  • How well are ambitious aims reflected in day-to-day lessons: are students being stretched and challenged?
  • Whether the curriculum provides opportunities for all students to make good progress: are there any barriers to learning?

To demonstrate that the Quality of Education is strong, education and training providers must show clear evidence that their curriculum planning meets the needs of all students.

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