Curriculum Innovators Programme

Curriculum Innovators

SSAT and Innovation Unit’s School Design Lab are delighted to offer you the opportunity to apply to join a new and innovative programme for school leaders and curriculum designers.

School leaders now find themselves facing the challenge of preparing young people for a rapidly changing future – international employment markets consisting of jobs that may not yet exist; an increasingly connected, digital and complex global society – all the while meeting the requirements of the rigour agenda. Students must be equipped to deal with and shape this dynamic, emerging world.

This has created an innovation imperative – one that must be met by visionary, yet disciplined innovation and curriculum design. Recent policy changes have given schools greater responsibility for curriculum planning, both at a whole school and classroom level. This is an opportunity for leaders to reinvent school.

The Curriculum Innovators Programme aims to support schools who are committed to innovative new models of learning and schooling. It will bridge the gap between the visionary and the practical – supporting participants to:

  • think differently about the purposes of a curriculum
  • explore international leading curriculum designs
  • engage with practical, disciplined curriculum design methodology

This programme brings together the best practice internationally in innovative curriculum, change management and design thinking. It provides participants with the expertise to develop truly world-class curricula fit for the world of today and tomorrow.

Course structure

Training days – based in London

Event one: Call to action

  • Futures thinking: educators are in the business of predicting the future, so what might it look like?
  • Purpose of education: what’s it all about?
  • Horizon scans: examples of innovative curricula
  • Ethnographic-style research: but what do the learners themselves have to say?


Event two: Design thinking

  • Introduction to disciplined design processes
  • Forming curriculum design principles: what the evidence say, what our learners say
  • Ideation
  • Introduction to prototyping


Event three: Making it happen

  • Refining and growing prototypes
  • School models for innovation (The Engaging School)
  • Innovation-school fit (enabling conditions)
  • Innovative school designs: building partnerships, pursuing real-world learning


Event four: Evidence for innovation

  • Evidence-informed curriculum design
  • Broadening outcomes/proxy indicators
  • New models of assessment
Find out more about the coaching team

School-based learning

    • Pre-course reading list

Collation of provocative and inspiring materials.

    • Ethnographic-style research (March-June)

Teachers supported to conduct research in their school.

    • Prototyping (June-July)

Participants supported to test some aspects of innovative curriculum in their school.

Support between training days

    • 1-to-1 introductory call (February)

Understanding school ambitions
Introducing the portfolio of learning

    • Group coaching hangouts (April, July, October)

Facilitated sessions led by lead trainers
Ethnography support: emerging themes, impact on case for change, theory of change
Prototyping support: promising practice, problem-solving clinic
Presentation of learning (final portfolio)

    • 1-to-1 exit call (November)

Signpost to other bespoke support
Opportunity to apply to be recognised as a Curriculum Innovator Pioneer

Participants will leave the programme as pioneering curriculum innovators – having acquired the skills, practical tools and knowledge of best practice internationally needed to create an exceptional, future-focused learning experience for their students.

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Start date 

Four events

London (venue TBC)

Ideal for
Heads and senior leaders

£2,650 for members
£3,975 for non-members
Prices are exclusive of VAT

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