Phase 3 Curriculum Research – Expectations of Subject Leaders

The Phase 3 Curriculum research stated that inspectors have been collecting information about a  school’s curriculum in a uniform way and this ensured that they were assessing the curriculum in a reliable way.  No school left under fire more than others.

The visit included:

  • Monitoring the quality of at least four subjects. These were not just English and Maths so be prepared.
  • Discussions with subject leaders about the standards of their subjects.

So what do subject leaders need to do?

Triangulating evidence involves taking at least 3 independent approaches to reviewing the variable being studied, for example by using different sources of evidence.   This can be a useful way of improving the quality of the conclusions drawn.

In assessing teaching and learning within your subject, you could carry out the following:

  • Data Analysis
  • Learning walk/Lesson observations
  • Book/work scrutiny
  • Pupil Voice

This is incredibly useful but make sure to get an even bigger picture, look at different groups of children. Also, when monitoring is completed, make a note of your next actions. These can be the next steps and how you use your time next time you have your subject leadership time.

10 steps to creating a world class curriculum

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  1. Make sure you have the characteristics of effective learning – you need to be thinking about the individual children and making learning engaging while giving children opportunity to learn how to learn from their environment, experiences and activities.
  2. Learning experiences can support attendance and behaviour – think through how children learn. If it is a whole day of sitting, listening to the teacher and writing, not all children will be able to engage in learning.
  3. The learning environment- Your learning environment (classroom and whole school) should support all children in accessing the curriculum, promote the vision of the school, be engaging and exciting and demonstrate a sense of pride in what children are doing and have done.
  4. Provision and opportunities – visitors and trips always add something to the curriculum but adding after school clubs that relate to the curriculum and develop skills further is another way this can be done.
  5. Get all involved- decisions about curriculum development should be made by pupils, teachers, SLT, governors and parents. Making it a whole school vision helps support the vision of the school and the outcomes of our children through their journey through the school.
  6. Supports the national curriculum and early years – there are still knowledge, skills and understanding and using the National Curriculum gives us less work in ensuring children get the coverage.
  7. Backs up the school values – we want all involved to take on the behaviours needed to give our children the best learning possible.
  8. Gives children life skills – children are on a journey to independence and we need to get them ready for this.
  9. Makes children lifelong learners – we are not just thinking of children now but we are preparing them for the future. A lifetime of learning can keep both the body and mind in shape.
  10. SMSC and British Values are big in the framework at the moment and also support in building a well-rounded individual so make sure that you incorporate these into your curriculum.