Since the introduction of OfSTED’s Education Inspection Framework, the subject of curriculum planning has obviously been a hot topic. However, as part of this, there has also been deeper debate about curriculum mapping. A recently published article “Are curriculum maps a waste of valuable time” prompted some interesting ideas. As the developers of Stedfast, we think curriculum mapping is important but not at the expense of “valuable time”.
OfSTED Curriculum Review
The OfSTED document, An investigation into how to assess the quality of education through curriculum intent, implementation and impact makes clear reference to curriculum mapping. As part of the research, when gathering first-hand evidence of curriculum implementation they used:
Curriculum mapping and assessment materials to help identify the extent of knowledge and skills coverage and depth in the curriculum
Importance of Curriculum Mapping
Teachers and trainers don’t want to “waste valuable time” on this. Spending hours with spreadsheets or highlighter pens creating works of art is time-consuming when there are so many other priorities. But there are benefits to the process:
- It increases the coherence of programmes
- It helps teachers and trainer visualise the curriculum plan
- It supports the discussion of curriculum planning
- It helps staff reflect on the curriculum plan
- It creates opportunities for cross-curriculum planning
- Most importantly, it aligns curriculum activities with the curriculum intent
Stedfast Curriculum Mapping
In the assessment plan module, teachers and trainers can map outcomes in the same or different assessment plans. Using the outcomes mapping report, they are able to see how one set of outcomes maps across all other assessment plans.
Curriculum maps are created automatically in the curriculum plan module. This means no late nights or wasting valuable time drawing or planning curriculum maps as Stedast does this. When curriculum activities are added to the curriculum plan, teachers and trainers align them with the outcomes. This produces a curriculum map that shows which outcomes have been aligned with each activity. We have also added the ability to easily see the learning, practice and assessment activities too, by simply clicking on the L, P and A icons.
Curriculum Mapping Demo
If you would like to see an online demo of Stedfast then please go to our contact page and book a time that suits your schedule.