The importance of curriculum sequencing

OfSTED’s Education Inspection Framework requires that education and training providers sequence their curriculums.

Sequencing refers to the way you organise your curriculum activities. The sequence is how the skills and knowledge are presented throughout the programme. OfSTED stresses the importance of sequencing to help learners demonstrate their ability to know and apply their learned skills. This is possible only if learners learn early enough to allow them the time to acquire the skills and knowledge in a logical sequence.

It is essential that the curriculum be well-planned and sequenced to provide students with sufficient knowledge and skills for their future learning and employment. Learners can struggle to master complex skills if the sequencing isn’t done correctly.

In addition, if the curriculum is not well-sequenced, it can limit opportunities for further learning.

When planning the sequence of your curriculum, you should consider:

  • The content of each unit and how it relates to the other units in the programme
  • How much time will each unit take to complete
  • The order in which the units will be delivered
  • How will the units be assessed

You should also consider how to review and adapt the sequence if necessary. It is important to remember that the sequencing of your curriculum is not set in stone and can be changed if needed. However, any changes should be planned and implemented to ensure they do not adversely affect student learning.

Curriculum Sequencing

The first step in creating a well-designed curriculum is to review the program specification and define the scope and sequence. It is important to clearly define the sequence and the order in which the activities will be performed.

These steps we believe will help you plan the sequence of your curriculum.

Step 1

Consider the outcomes of your programme. This is the first step in your curriculum sequencing activities. This is an important step in your curriculum sequencing activities as it will help you plan your curriculum intent.

Step 2

Identify the curriculum activities. You should consider the order in which the curriculum activities are delivered and how learners can acquire the skills and knowledge cohesively and logically. You can sequence your curriculum chronologically, thematically, or according to the difficulty level.

Step 3

Once you have established the sequence of activities, start thinking about the content and scope. A description of each curriculum activity will help you determine the outcomes. It is also important to identify and create the content for each activity. This activity can also be used to support curriculum implementation planning.

Step 4

Now that you have established the sequence of activities and described the content, it is time to start planning the assessment. Each activity should have an associated assessment that will help determine if the learning objectives have been met. The assessment can be formative or summative. Formative assessments are often used to provide feedback to teachers and learners, while summative assessments determine if the learning objectives have been met.

Assessment planning is an important step in curriculum sequencing as it will help you ensure that each activity is aligned with the appropriate level of assessment.

Step 5

The final step in curriculum sequencing is to review and adapt the sequence if necessary. It is important to remember that the sequencing of your curriculum is not set in stone and can be changed if needed. However, any changes should be carefully planned and implemented to ensure that they do not adversely affect student learning.

Curriculum Sequencing in Stedfast

Stedfast’s curriculum planning tools were created to make it easy for educators and trainers to plan their curriculum implementation and impact.

It is easy to arrange a curriculum using sequencing tools.

It is easy to monitor progress and outcomes.

Stedfast’s curriculum planning tools make it easy for educators and trainers to plan their curriculum. The tools allow users to map out the content of a course, unit or lesson, and then sequence the content in an order that makes sense for learning. Educators can also use the tools to monitor progress and outcomes.

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