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Curriculum planning – from principles to practice

Online / Thursday 17 June 2021

Moving from curriculum principles to practice, this webinar will give participants inspiration from schools who have been recognised for successfully applying the principles of curriculum design and their approach to making it a reality.

Over the past year SSAT has offered a series of webinars focusing on an approach to principled curriculum planning alongside an overview of the quality of education judgement in the Ofsted framework. As the next step from reviewing your current curriculum provision, this webinar will support you in succeeding with your ambitions for your students by inspiring you to adapt curriculum successes from other schools into your own context.

Speakers from St James Catholic High School and Harris Academy Rainham, recognised for their approach to ‘transforming’ principled curriculum design using SSAT’s Framework for Exceptional Education, will discuss their experiences with putting curriculum plans into practice.

Gemma Hitchcock from St James Catholic High School in London will talk about:

  • how Key Stage 3 is no longer “the wasted years”
  • how all subjects have identified their big ideas, core concepts and key narratives
  • the “golden zone” where knowledge, skills and concepts overlap and interact
  • the spiral curriculum that has come into its own post-lockdown
  • how assessment has been an integral part of curriculum planning
  • how primary and secondary teachers have worked together to maximise progression and continuity
  • how staff and students have been trained to talk confidently about the curriculum
  • how the curriculum is quality assured

Gareth Stananough, Christina Holland and Kimberley Watson will describe the journey Harris Academy Rainham took to design and implement their curriculum. Their session will:

  • show this journey from the perspective of the Principal, a Senior Leader and a Middle Leader
  • demonstrate how their curriculum principles became a classroom reality
  • discuss how they went about writing a curriculum for their context
  • explore how they managed the change process to ensure successful implementation

What will I get from this webinar?

You will:

  • see what a principled approach to curriculum design looks like in practice
  • gain an insight into how you might adapt what you’ve seen to fit your own context
  • have an opportunity to question the speakers about their experience
  • network virtually with other colleagues

Key Speaker

Colin Logan

Colin has worked at five large comprehensive schools as a languages teacher, head of department and faculty, deputy head and finally headteacher. He was also a senior adviser in the National Strategies in the data and evaluation team. He joined SSAT in 2011 and is currently a senior education lead with responsibility for data, accountability and inspection.

Special offer

Missed the Curriculum: Impact, quality assurance and principles webinars?

You can purchase the online course including two pre-recorded webinars and supporting resources for the reduced price of £95 members / £115 non-members.

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Date and time:

Thursday 17 June 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pm


SSAT members: £185 Non-members: £225
All prices exclusive of VAT



Ideal for:

Senior leaders and members of staff responsible for curriculum planning