During the Phase 3 Curriculum research, inspectors used 25 indicators that they expected to see associated with curriculum quality.
As all schools are different, it is only fair that what is seen could be so varied so the indicators below are to ensure that what is seen is judged on based on the individual school.
They wanted to ensure that
different school contexts were not judged the same
effective and ineffective curriculum design could be distinguished
curriculum narrowing is happening is identified
curriculum intent and curriculum implementation are clear from the senior leadership team.
The list is split into three parts – pink for intent, green for implementation and blue for impact. All of which I will look at in due time but it may be worth a quick look before hand.
Each of the indicators will be judged against the following five categories:
The 1-5 categories were put into place to prevent an inspector’s unconscious bias. This is the beginning and all schools are taking a different approach, therefore it is important that we are all treated the same.
It is clear that the indicators and the five point judgements are rather lengthy but for the time being, this is necessary as we find out what is easy to evidence and what is more relevant. As more research is completed there may be evidence to allow for these to be refined or narrowed. This may be irritating to some as teachers, in general like to do a good job and know that what we are doing is right but that still can be done. In fact it is better.
At least for now, there is some chance of having an idea of what may be expected so that we can put things into place, while still keeping children at the heart!