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Curriculum innovation

Curriculum innovation is not about change for the sake of it. It is about change for the benefit of all children. Alongside innovation come discipline, rigour and responsibility.

This seven-step process is designed to help schools transform the curriculum and make a difference to children’s achievements, attainment and wellbeing. To find out more about curriculum innovation and design follow the link to the curriculum design tool.

Seven-step design and planning process

1. Identify your priorities

What do you need to focus on to create a coherent curriculum that builds on the three aims and the priorities for your learners? This could be, for example, six or seven school-wide priorities.

2. Record your starting point

Describe what your curriculum is like now and how the curriculum design supports your priorities. Carry out some baseline surveys such as monitoring pupil attendance or pupil and parent views of their attitudes to learning. Collate the data, which you can use later to review and measure the impact of your new curriculum.

3. Set clear goals

Use the evidence from baselining and data collection to set goals that are qualitative and quantitative. What will success look like?

4. Design and implement

Identify as a whole school or phase the progression through skills and knowledge, and agree and allocate priorities to classes and year groups. Use your goals to design a curriculum that has school improvement at the core and identifies priorities for the whole school and for groups of learners. Consider good starting points for design. The web-based design tool will help you construct the curriculum to meet your identified goals.

5. Review progress

Plan for points of reflection and evaluation when you assess progress towards meeting your goals. For each priority, collect evidence and use this to help you decide what you need to do next.

6. Evaluate and record the impact

Evaluate and record the impact of your curriculum developments on learners by analysing the evidence and data you have collected against success criteria. Record the progress made between your starting point and the recording point. This is a good moment to publish details of the progress made and gather and share stories of success.

7. Maintain, change or move on

When you know the extent of the impact of curriculum design on your learners you're in a position to decide whether you need to sustain what you are doing, change your approach or move on to another priority.

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