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National Curriculum briefing

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Lisa Worgan

on 18 October 2013

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Transcript of National Curriculum briefing

Who am I going to task with this in my school?
When is this going to happen? Timeline of plans for 2013 – 14 Academic year
How are they going to work to achieve this?
Who can help? What do they need?
Welcome and Introduction
What are people’s perceptions, concerns, priorities and ideas?
Capacity and cost issues for schools? Pressures on staff and budgets?
The challenge of particular subjects in the new programmes of study
External monitoring?

Ofsted, Subject inspections?
Impact on schools particular approach developed in recent years; topic / creative approach not well considered
Mixed aged classes, SEN, Varying abilities – are these catered for?
Making the most of the opportunity to redevelop your curriculum – being clear about the process and having a plan
Using the key facts about the National curriculum to undertake this process – but that this is guidance and can be expanded upon
What do we feel is important that the curriculum does for our children – the opportunity to reflect on your school and your children? How do you put your children and your school at the heart of your curriculum?
There are actually some interesting or positive changes to certain subjects!
The New National Curriculum
End of consultation period for Foundation subjects
Spring 2013
2013 academic year – pilot and preparation

Building curriculum planning into your SDP – 3 year action plan

Potentially we will not know the full final programmes of study until Autumn 2013
September 2013
Full implementation and teaching

Consideration of subject inspections..to be discussed...

September 2014
The timeline...
The actual timeline...
And some facts...
No subjects have been removed from the National Curriculum as potentially discussed – creative subjects remain part of the foundation curriculum
ICT changes to a Computing Curriculum; And there is the addition of Languages as compulsory at KS2. We will review the content of both of these aspects.
The programmes of study that we analyse today are still draft; it is unclear when these will be in completed form - either by the Summer or September 2013
Importance of Subject Visits: What is needed by Schools?

Overviews of each subject (not just cross curricular approach)

The ability to show by each Year group which is bring covered in the subject

Each subject mapped out plus skills ladder and knowledge and understanding coverage to back this up - what teachers are covering

Especially vital and stated for Maths and English
No notice subject inspections; could visit website to find it
HMI on specific subjects should ask to see Subject outline
Your National Curriculum Briefing Booklet
Grab a Coffee...or a Tea if you would rather...
And the task whilst you are enjoying your beverage is...
Lunch break...
Please do not be disappointed if it does not 100% look like the picture!
Please take the time over lunch to network with colleagues or come and ask us any questions...
...begin to have a read through your Booklet and analysis of the draft Programmes of Study that we will shortly be getting our teeth into!
GROUP TASK: Split into groups working with one of the subjects; discuss and reflect about the findings and feedback

Resources – Programme of Study booklets, 1 Programme of study for subject and large A3 sheets
and Discussion

Exploring approaches and what my school looks like...

How are you as leaders going to overcome the challenge of implementing the new curriculum and what approach is needed in your school?
Key differences in
content between
Current National Curriculum
New National
Changes to Maths and English Assessment– SPaG, Phonics and Mental / Written Maths focuses
Detail of content and chronological teaching
Languages at Key stage 2 - French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish, Latin or Ancient Greek
Additions to D/T curriculum to include horticulture, electronics, mechanics and construction
Small changes and slimming down of content in subjects such as Art, Music and PE
Computing curriculum (draft) to replace ICT curriculum and includes algorithms and programming

How do you already teach this subject in your school?
How strong is the subject currently?
How might the changes going to impact?
How will your staff respond to the changes?
What might they need?
How will these changes affect your current resourcing, opportunities, experiences etc?
Is having a Creative and Innovative curriculum about teaching pedagogy or about content?
The audit of your approach is crucial – not only content (e.g. what themes / topics you currently have and use, which work well and which don’t, and which will be affected content wise significantly but also your pedagogical approach...

... is the way you involved pupil’s in design still going to work?
...Does your cross curricular experiential curriculum with a hook/ trip still do what you want it to do?
What themes / approach do you have that you know will work fine (potentially even better) with the new curriculum, and which ones will be a real problem now!
No one is suggesting we need to go back to schedules, timetabled, individual slots for each subject...
The Auditing Process...
What needs some tweaks based on the content shift?
What do we need to completely redesign based on the content shift?
Where does the pedagogical approach that we use can stay the same and where might we shift it; and why could there be an opportunity for shifting?
Considering doing some curriculum redesign whilst the opportunity is there...
How would we approach it?
The Pop Up Museum; an innovative approach to History...
The Festival or the Food Fair;
An innovative approach to Languages or Geography
Outdoor Learning; a practical approach to Science and DT
Challenge Based Pedagogy
Real and Purposeful Outcome
New Curriculum Content
RIO Approach to
Curriculum Redesign
Key Components of each of these examples
(if you were to audit the approach...)

Working towards a real outcome

That the learning has a challenge or purpose

That pupils help construct the steps to achieving this challenge

That the steps are the approach to gaining knowledge, understanding and then applying this

That Maths and/ or English are applied to give core learning opportunities a purpose

That they work with external partners to make this learning even more real
So what are the key components back in your schools?
Where do they continue to work with new content?
GROUP TASK: Create a response in your group to each of the questions. Each table will add to each sheet.

Resources – A3 question sheets, Pens, Tables to move around!


What are the elements of your schools’ curricula that you would keep and embed into a redesigned curriculum? What would you never change?!

How can schools maintain a creative or innovative approach? Consider particular examples from your own schools…

What kind of partnerships would help you achieve the content and approach you are looking to deliver? Where do they already exist and where might new ones need identifying?

What are the roles, responsibilities and capacities needed in school to achieve this? Does planning lie with Class teachers or Subject leaders? How do they collaborate here?

...discuss with other delegates some of the similar processes that you might work through back at school to redevelop elements of the Curriculum...
Steps to Action:
What happens back in School between now and September 2014?
Steps to Action:
What happens back in School between now and September 2014?
Feeling a little clearer about a working process?
Now to some of the challenges and how we might begin to tackle them...
The Ongoing Challenge of Budgets and Resource in Schools
Wouldn't it be nice if the Government were helping resource schools to make curriculum changes?

With this not being the case (that we have not been made aware currently) how else could schools be clever about making resources and capacity go further during this process?
Reminder of some of the earlier identified challenges and suggestions from the floor that we have not yet tackled...
Content of Curriculum programmes of study
External monitoring
Topic / Creative based approach
Cost and capacity issues?
Assessment, Mixed classes, SEN, Differentiation?
- Try to have a positive approach from the beginning; negative energy won't have a useful impact in school!

- Achieve the changes in a realistic way for your school – create an action plan

- Look at your curriculum in a way that is really meaningful for achieving your aims

- What would you go to the wall for?

- Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater...

- Collaboration is key – support each other – and if you are having external support, you can procure it together!
What further support or development can schools access?
Are there areas that we have not discussed that you still feel are a challenge that you would like to discuss?
Do you have any ideas or solutions to challenges that could be shared?
Innovative ways of generating income, value and capacity for undertaking curriculum redevelopment
Levels and Level descriptors have been removed; instead the suggestion is that children are to learning the areas as stated as a minimum level of achievement for the specific year group

School Led Assessment process being proposed currently - for discussion

Mixed Age / Year Group Classes:

Does the split of content by Year group affect any schools here?
Year group versus Key stage completion

BLOG regarding inclusion of Assessment in Policy
Key messages to take away from the day...
Many thanks for attending!

We hope you have found it useful;
please let us know by completing your Evaluation form...
Working collaboratively with neighbouring schools to share skills and teacher development
Developing innovative working groups to raise funds such as PTA or from Governors
Identify services and organisations who will also be looking at redeveloping content; museum service, arts organisations etc
Create a income generation partnership scheme to pull income into schools from the cooperate sector
Curriculum redesign as a SDP = aligning school development funds to this...
Map experts and organisations in community who may have knowledge of new content areas to share with schools
RIO support levels from Summer 2013 onwards
School to School support or LEA support
DFE website; latest updates to documents
Challenges with Assessment and Teaching
"Having carefully considered the responses to the consultation, as well as a range of other relevant factors, the Government has confirmed that it plans to disapply the existing programmes of study, attainment targets and statutory assessment arrangements from September 2013 for:

• English, mathematics and science for pupils in years 3 and 4
• All foundation subjects for all pupils at key stages 1 and 2"
Disapplication of Current National Curriculum
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