We thought it might be helpful to put together a short example of how an apprenticeship assessment and curriculum plan is developed in Stedfast. The example we have used here is a Digital Marketer standards programme.
The first step is to create an assessment plan. As a reminder, assessment plans help set out the curriculum intent. They identify what learners need to know and how you intend to measure this knowledge. Users can also map these outcomes to other outcome sets and create cross-curriculum links.
After the apprenticeship standard objectives have been added, users can start to add the detail.
Later in the process, users are able to review their assessment plans to add findings and measure the curriculum impact.
The next step is to create the curriculum plan. It should be remembered that curriculum activities can be templated to suit each organisation.
In this example, we have added curriculum activity fields covering the learning, resources, future knowledge and skills, differentiation and cross-curriculum links but they could as easily be the sequence, skills developed and end-points.
Adding curriculum activities is a simple process. Users can set if the activity has learning, practice and/or assessment. They can align the activities with the objectives and outcomes set in the assessment plan. They then add the detail based on their template. The level of detail is left to the user. They can be more complex with activities listed on a week by week or monthly basis. Curriculum plans can also be module, skill or chronologically based.
To check the content users can click on the L, P and A icons to see the detail.
Users are able to check the sequencing of their curriculum plan.
Organisations can also check curriculum mapping which is automatically generated by Stedfast.
Again, by clicking in the L, P, A icons they are able to see the detail. Organisations are also able to embed their curriculum plans into their LMS or website giving visibility to learners, employers and parents.
Reviewing a curriculum
The final step in the curriculum process is to conduct a review of performance and analyse curriculum impact. The curriculum plan owner is able to set up a curriculum review and allocated measures to all staff that are part of this process.
Users add findings against each of the measures.
Once findings have been added to the review, users are then able to add improvement actions.
The actions for each of the findings are then added to the programme improvement plan.
Stedfast has been designed to support education and training providers with curriculum planning and quality assurance. It currently offers modules for:
- Assessment planning
- Curriculum planning
- Staff performance management
- CPD management
- Policies and procedures
- Risk assessment