Most schools now have secure arrangements in place for transition between key stages 2 and 3 in terms of induction and the provision of appropriate support.
What has proved more elusive, however, is an effective approach to curriculum planning and continuity to avoid Year 7 becoming a time to re-visit old topics and to consolidate rather than to hit the ground running to put real momentum into key stage 3.
There has probably never been a better or more important time to address this than now. As the new programmes of study work their way through the system, primary school pupils should be arriving in Year 7 having covered many key topics that were previously found in key stage 3; and we know that Ofsted’s key focus in its new inspection framework will be on the quality of education, an important part of which will centre on curriculum intent, implementation and impact. Curriculum planning needs to involve families of schools across the key stages as much as possible if curriculum intent is to translate into impact.
Our conference will bring together Ofsted, SSAT’s curriculum experts and schools from a range of contexts that are developing approaches to cross-phase curriculum planning. They will be sharing the latest information on curriculum in the new Ofsted framework, SSAT’s approach to curriculum planning (the Four Pillars of Principled Curriculum Design) and the work that has been going in schools to make progression and continuity a reality.