Last month, the School Improvement Advisor visited the school to give us feedback and support on our curriculum.
There was some useful feedback on things we are doing well and things we could improve on. All of which could be quite useful.
- Quality of interactions – Make sure these are supporting and moving children on. Gone are the days where we can mark our books and just let the class get on with it. (Thank goodness!)
- Coverage is more about progression and depth nowadays.
- Make sure that your school has a curriculum intent otherwise your curriculum can be a mess of initiatives that no one has really got a handle on.
- Sharpen your learning intentions. This will ensure that children know what they are learning, teachers know what to assess against and evidence of this will be much clearer.
- Have a range of evidence. It doesn’t all have to be writing. Include photos, quotes, observations, drawings, labelling, mindmaps, learning.
- Talk to each other. As a team, it is important to come together in creating the curriculum. The most recent staff meeting we had gave teachers that opportunity to talk and bounce ideas off of each other.
- Improve subject leadership. It’s one way where we can all lead the curriculum. It shouldn’t be one person’s job if we want all involved in creating the best!
- See other schools – what a way to grab the best ideas from all places.