Curriculum Project

This project will provide high quality CPD around curriculum and enable you and your team to embed the findings in your school. VNET will provide support throughout the year via peer to peer engagement including access to a forum, as well as ongoing support via your VNET associate.

Following Christine Counsell’s keynote at the conference on 12 November, John McConnell will lead four sessions to examine ‘Intent, Implementation and Impact’ and candidly explore the challenges back at school which leaders face when they work to ensure their curriculum is ready to meet the needs of all learners.

Why does your school need a Curriculum Project?

  • The 2019 Ofsted Inspection Framework has put the curriculum back at the heart of school improvement and development.
  • School leaders need to be highly effective curriculum leaders with enhanced expertise so that they can develop a school curriculum which reflects the most important ideas in curriculum theory and the science of learning.

Project Outcomes

  1. Articulate the curriculum theory which has informed the curriculum intent
  2. Write a comprehensive curriculum development plan
  3. Effectively evaluate the impact of the curriculum.

Project Structure

Over 4 twilights, aimed at heads and senior leaders, we will explore how school leaders can confidently become highly effective curriculum leaders and enhance their expertise so that they can develop a school curriculum which reflects the most important ideas in curriculum theory and the science of learning. Dates to be confi

Session 1

Ofsted Framework

What is different under the new framework? What are the implications for heads? This session will consider the following: knowledge vs skills, cross-curricular vs subject disciplines and powerful knowledge.

Session 2

Why is this content here?

This session will consider the following: the role of concepts,  disciplinary thinking, ambitious end points, coherent curriculum maps, building on prior learning and building towards future learning.

Session 3

Who is in charge of what?

How can we develop systems to manage the ‘bigness’ of curriculum and ensure the best outcomes in every subject for all learners?

Session 4

Deep Dive

How do you know that children are learning what you want them to learn?   The ‘deep dive’ methodology.  What does success look like to you?

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John McConnell - VNET Education CIC

John McConnell

John is a highly regarded Norfolk primary headteacher who is currently doing a lot of thinking about curriculum. As part of Ambition Institute's 'Curriculum Leaders' programme he is combining what he's learnt as a teacher, a subject leader and as a headteacher with the most up-to-date curriculum theory so that he can help to develop world class provision for learners in Norfolk schools.

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