Curriculum Planning Document

“First and foremost,leaders need to think about what is taught. But then they also need to think about how this can be best delivered and the best ways of assessing learners to find gaps in the learning and remediate those”

Heather Fern OFSTED Curriculum and Development Lead,December 2018.

As middle and senior managers in the sector turn to curriculum planning for September 2020 thoughts will perhaps be dominated by a response to the current social distancing measures, blended learned solutions, proposed reduction in curriculum and general uncertainty surrounding us in education at the moment.

Curriculum planning is undertaken across the further education sector from April through to August, when managers are beginning to have a more rounded view of applications for the following academic year. This guide suggests questions to ask during this process to assist in aligning study programmes and training courses / apprenticeships to the OFSTED Education Inspection Framework.

It may be helpful to introduce some certainty! OFSTED will be continuing with the Education Inspection Framework with this in mind,I thought it may be helpful to produce some broad guidance and questions that should be asked by those designing curriculum in light of the Education Inspection Framework that was introduced in September 2019.

This guide is best used by middle managers with their course leaders and teaching teams, to develop course led responses to the Intent Implementation and Impact of each study programme. Of course,use it how you wish. However, it is these leaders and managers that will have the most direct contact discussions with OFSTED inspectors regarding the I’s topic. With that in mind clarity of purpose is vital.

This is not a curriculum analysis or evaluation tool it is for providers who intend to reproduce their curriculum offer rather than restructure.This offer will require realignment away from the Common Inspection quality measures and provide evidence for inspectors of how your curriculum meets the Education Inspection Framework requirements.

I have purposefully made this quite broad for it to have the widest possible application. This can be used in management teams for Heads of Department / Faculties to discuss and cascade to teams, also used as a discussion tool with course leaders and trainers who can create document responses to the questions raised.

As we know OFSTED is clear the value of curriculum will be judged on the three I’s Intent, Implementation and Impact. This document is based on these three areas and shows how you can address these through some analysis and self-reflection.

For Training Providers,it is often clear on the Intent of the programme of study as the aim is identified though the learners job role,standard taken and employer expectations, however Implementation, scheduling of units will require justification as will off programme activity. Impact will also need to be clear through destinations data gathered.

Whilst there is continued discussion of data in education circles and how OFSTED is now focused on curriculum rather than outcomes. Leaders will expect outcomes to be well above benchmark in good and outstanding colleges,across all areas of the study programme. Data does and will continue to count, high quality curriculum planning, leads to high quality teaching and learning then in turn high quality student outcomes.

All leaders trainers and teachers will need to maintain their high aspirations for their learners and ensure they all achieve to the best of their ability.

If you have any questions or queries,please just ask.