The school improvement specialists

Curriculum development

At B11, we believe that meeting your pupils’ needs through a broad and challenging curriculum should be at the heart of what you do. With Ofsted’s new inspection framework putting a bigger emphasis on the ‘quality of education’, your school’s curriculum has never been more important than it is right now.

Are your middle leaders ready to articulate their curriculum intent and how it meets the needs of your pupils and community? Will your approach to lesson observation and work scrutiny stand up to the demands of demonstrating coherence, depth, opportunities to recall and making links across the curriculum?

Whether part of a one-off school review or as ongoing professional dialogue and support, we can work alongside you to develop your curriculum. Drawing on extensive experience as specialist leaders in education, current practitioners, school improvement advisers, Ofsted inspectors and/or DfE advisers, our consultants will work with you to evaluate your current curriculum, help devise a curriculum rationale and support its implementation through schemes of learning.

How does it work?

This service can be bespoke to your needs. We have found that the most effective approach is an in-depth evaluation carried out in school. Our three-stage model offers a fantastic foundation for curriculum development that will be adapted to your school’s specific needs and budget.

Stage one – the initial consultation:

  • One of our experienced school improvement professionals will begin the process by spending a day in your school.
  • They will work with senior and middle leaders to evaluate the quality of the curriculum through activities such as leadership meetings, work scrutiny, learning walks, document scrutiny and discussion with pupils.
  • Detailed verbal feedback assessing the current impact of the curriculum will then be given to the headteacher and any others required.
  • A written note of visit including recommendations for improvement will follow.

Stage two – specialist support:

  • With a range of subject specialists on hand at B11, if required, we will arrange for suitable specialists to visit your school. They will undertake in-school discussions with departments, faculties or subject leaders and cover the effectiveness of current schemes of learning and how they might be developed.
  • As with stage one, detailed verbal feedback will be given to all relevant staff.
  • A written note of visit with specific recommendations will also be submitted.

Stage three – impact assessment:

  • This stage involves our initial reviewer returning to your school for a one-day follow-up visit to assess the impact of our assessment.
  • Again, detailed verbal feedback will be given to the headteacher and others as required.
  • A written report, summarising all three stages alongside recommendations for any further action, will be provided.

All verbal feedback and written reports will be clear, concise, based on an accurate evaluation of the evidence provided and delivered in a supportive and developmental manner.

If you’d like to discuss how Ofsted’s sharper focus on curriculum may impact your school’s next Ofsted inspection, arrange a conversation with us today.

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