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Curriculum - ASCL conference 2018

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Sean Harford, Ofsted's National Director, Education, delivered this presentation at the ASCL conference in April 2018.

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Curriculum - ASCL conference 2018

  1. 1. Curriculum: intent, implementation and impact Survey & evaluation work to support our understanding and the development of the education inspection framework (EIF) 2019 Sean Harford HMI National Director, Education Curriculum: intent, implementation and impact Slide 1
  2. 2. Session overview Curriculum: intent, implementation and impact Slide 2  What is the curriculum?  Purposes and principles of this work  The framework for the survey  Overview of the research  Emerging findings
  3. 3. Working definition of the curriculum ‘The curriculum is a framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and understanding to be gained at each stage (intent); for translating that framework over time into a structure and narrative, within an institutional context (implementation) and for evaluating what knowledge and skills pupils have gained against expectations (impact/achievement).’ Curriculum: intent, implementation and impact Slide 3
  4. 4. Curriculum survey work Curriculum: intent, implementation and impact Slide 4  Purposes and principles of the work:  Influence wider thinking – role & importance of the curriculum  Inform & reflect on inspection policy  Inform policy making in DfE – influence of national policy levers  Framework for the survey  Intent, implementation & impact at…  …national, school & classroom levels
  5. 5. Nine box framework Curriculum: intent, implementation and impact Slide 5 To what extent has the government made the objectives of the curriculum clear? How effectively are the objectives of the curriculum translated into policy levers? To what extent has the school made the objectives of the curriculum clear? To what extent do the objectives of the school align with national policy objectives? How effectively are the objectives of the school translated into processes and policies? What do teachers think is their objective in teaching this subject? To what extent does the objective of the teacher align with the school’s objectives? How likely is it that the teaching methods used will deliver the teacher’s objectives for that subject? What is the potential impact of the policy objectives on pupils nationally? National School Classroom What is the potential impact of the school’s objectives on its pupils? IntentImplementationImpact What is the potential impact of this course of study on the pupils?
  6. 6. Survey activity to date… Curriculum: intent, implementation and impact Slide 6  Reception:  Schools visited and ‘Bold Beginnings’ report published  Schools (primary and secondary):  Visits and first analysis complete, now planning next set of visits to complement initial findings  Also analysed qualifications data, Year 9 options forms and spoke to parents and headteachers  HMCI commentary on findings was published in October  No judgements by inspectors!  Level 2 in colleges:  Visits and paper set for publication this coming term  Also collected views from learners
  7. 7. The emerging challenge  Having analysed our first phase visits to schools, we have been presented with a challenge… −…the language being used is ambiguous, by both teachers and inspectors −we want to develop a very detailed understanding of the techniques being applied in schools to develop and deliver the curriculum… −…but, from our early evidence, there does not appear to be a shared understanding, across the sector, of how to describe the techniques and subsequent development of curricula Curriculum: intent, implementation and impact Slide 7
  8. 8. HMCI’s commentary – October 2017  ‘Education as substance’ – but importance of testing & qualifications  Support for the new SATs, GCSEs & A-levels – rigour  Symbiosis of these and a good curriculum  Challenge to the inspectorate – recognition of part played  Lack of curriculum training leading to expertise  Key stage 2 narrowing; the point of key stage 3; key stage 4 low-attainers curriculum Curriculum: intent, implementation and impact Slide 8
  9. 9. The new framework – EIF 2019  Build on the curriculum work  Build on other research work – see the new Ofsted Strategy  Time to develop and engage with the sectors  Time for sectors to adjust, so…  …commence in September 2019 Curriculum: intent, implementation and impact Slide 9
  10. 10. In the meantime, providers need to…  …know their curriculum – design and intent  …know how their curriculum is being implemented  …know what impact their curriculum is having on children and young people’s knowledge and understanding Curriculum: intent, implementation and impact Slide 10
  11. 11. Any questions? Curriculum: intent, implementation and impact Slide 11

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