Apprenticeship Curriculum Planning Checklist
We have just created a simple and free to use apprenticeship curriculum planning checklist. This has been designed to support education and training providers who developing their curriculum plans.
From September 2019 all apprenticeship providers will need to have curriculum plans in place to meet the Quality of Education judgement that is now a major introduction in OfSTED's new Education Inspection Framework.
Apprenticeship providers will need to consider how the demonstrate:
We have spoken to a number of education and training providers about the new OfSTED Education Inspection Framework and one underlying theme is the need to understand in more detail what is "curriculum intent".
First of all, let's remind ourselves of what is OfSTED's working definition of a curriculum:
“The curriculum is a framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and skills 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).”
OfSTED has also set out that curriculum intent is "a framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and understanding gained at each stage". So we have to ask a few questions about the state of your current curriculum intent:
We have already written about how OfSTED is going to inspect the curriculum and education and training providers need to be very clear that the Quality of Education judgement is going to be a core area of "discovery" during inspections.
Stedfast Curriculum Intent
Stedfast has been designed to support education and training providers in developing delivery programmes and curriculum planning. Organisations can easily show their curriculum intent, implementation and impact. Let's take a look at how this is done.
Curriculum Intent Example
This is just a very basic example of creating a curriculum plan and showing curriculum intent. Let us show you Stedfast and talk you through the system and how it supports your curriculum development.
Curriculum Planning Explained
Inspecting the Curriculum
OfSTED has just released a new document which sets out the inspection methodology for the ‘quality of education’ judgement. This is a very helpful and timely publication as a we are not far away from the time of year when people jet off for their summer holidays and this year will be faced with an entirely new OfSTED inspection framework when they return.
Interestingly, we are having conversations with education and training providers who have yet to grasp the full extent of what is going on with the Quality of Education judgement. It is vital that this area is looked at, sooner rather than later, as for many organisations it is going to involve a large amount of work. As we write this in June 2019, education and training providers have less than three months to develop curriculum plans before the new inspection framework takes effect.
For schools, it simply won't do to have a curriculum plan that sets out that Henry VIII will be taught in the autumn term, History of Medicine in the spring term and the summer will be spent tackling the Treaty of Versailles. For apprenticeship providers it won't be enough to set out that month 3 there will be a block course and the same in month 5 and 8. All education and training providers are going to have to show detail. This detail has to set out your:
OfSTED Curriclum Definition
At the heart of the EIF is the new ‘quality of education’ judgement, the purpose of which is to put a single conversation about education at the centre of inspection. This conversation draws together curriculum, teaching, assessment and standards. In doing this, we draw heavily on the working definition of the curriculum that Ofsted has used over the last couple of years. This definition uses the concepts of ‘intent’, ‘implementation’ and ‘impact’ to recognise that the curriculum passes through different states: it is conceived, taught and experienced. Leaders and teachers design, structure and sequence a curriculum, which is then implemented through classroom teaching. The end result of a good, well-taught curriculum is that pupils know more and are able to do more. The positive results of pupils’ learning can then be seen in the standards they achieve.2 The EIF starts from the understanding that all of these steps are connected.
Judging Quality of Education
Inspectors are going to implement a 3 level review process when judging the Quality of Education:
The deep dive includes the following elements:
Stedfast Curriculum Planning
Since the publication of the draft Education Inspection Framework in Jan 2019 we have been working really hard to complete the curriculum planning module in Stedfast. Education and training providers can now use Stedfast to plan and manage all of their curriculum activities.
We have just completed the curriculum scheduling tools which have now been released. We aren't stopping, we have more exciting features in the pipeline and will have these released before the implementation of the new inspection framework in September 2019.
If you would like an online demo of Stedfast then please contact us and we will schedule a suitable time.
Preparing Curriculum Sequence
We think it is fair to say that most education and training providers are now aware that there is a new OfSTED Inspection Framework that will be implemented from September 2019. A lot has been written about the Quality of Education judgement and how OfSTED will expect to see that all education and training providers have robust curriculum plans in place that demonstrate curriculum intent, implementation and impact.
One area though that has still received little attentions are curriculum sequencing. In fact, if you Google "curriculum sequence" the return is really quite sparse. There are examples of curriculum sequence but actually very few articles about this.
In the Quality of Education judgement, OfSTED will look at:
the content, sequencing and progression in the subject is appropriate and secured and whether it demands enough of pupils
OfSTED Video on curriculum sequencing
Curriculum Sequencing in Stedfast
Stedfast Curriculum Planning
Stedfast is a unique curriculum planning tool that has been designed to support education and training providers with their course planning and development and curriculum planning activities. Organisations are able to identify learning outcomes or apprenticeship standards and determine how knowledge and skills will be delivered and how delivery is measured. These outcomes then form the curriculum plan and users can create activities which cover all of the teaching or training necessary.
If you would like an online demo of Stedfast then please get in touch and we will schedule this with you
New Inspection Framework Released
The new OfSTED Education Inspection Framework has been released and not surprisingly there is very little change from the previously published drafts that had been released for consultation.
Quality of Education
This inspection framework will see a distinctive shift from outcomes / data led inspection to a more rigorous view of what is being delivered to learners and how it benefits them – this is the new “Quality of Education” judgement
The proposed ‘quality of education’ judgement therefore brings together the essential ingredients of education: the curriculum; the teaching, and the assessment that provides the feedback loop; and the resulting outcomes. This judgement is intended to restore curriculum – largely ‘missing in action’ from inspection for more than a decade – to its proper place, as an important component of the quality of education. [Amanda Spielman]
Importance of Curriculum Planning
The new inspection framework has made it very clear how important curriculum planning is. Education and training providers will now need to set out their curriculum intent, implementation and impact.
Curriculum plans will need to be created for all programmes and need to clearly set out what learners can expect during a programme. There is also a need to schedule activities within a curriculum plan and OfSTED will expect education and training providers to justify when activities are delivered.
If you would like to know more about Stedfast and how it can support your curriculum scheduling then please contact us and we will schedule an online demo with you.
Primary School Curriculum Planning
We have been asked by a number of schools if Stedfast can be used for primary school curriculum planning. We thought it might be helpful to show how simply this can be done. In this example we have created a Year 4 Maths curriculum.
Step 1 - Create an Assessment Plan
Step 2 - Define the measures
Step 3 - Create the curriculum plan
Step 4 - Adding activities
Step 5 - Check Curriculum Mapping
Step 6 - Check the scheduling
This is just a very simple and brief example if the assessment and curriculum planning tools in Stedfast. There are many more features that make up these two modules. If you would like an online demo of Stedfast then please contact us.
We have released the curriculum planning module in Stedfast. This is a significant development on the platform and allows education and training providers to easily manage all of their curriculum planning activities. We developed the curriculum planning tools as and extension of the assessment plans module but also because of the planned changes to the OfSTED Inspection Framework which is due to be used from September 2019.
Amanda Spielman addressed the AOC Conference this week and reiterated that OfSTED inspections of further education and skills would be heavily centred on curriculum planning. OfSTED will focus on the substance of apprenticeship programmes.
For apprenticeships, as with the new provider monitoring visits, we are going to be paying more attention to whether these foundations for a good curriculum, training, and apprenticeship offer are in place.
Purpose of the curriculum plan
The curriculum planning tools are designed to allow education and training providers to demonstrate their curriculum intent, implementation and impact.
The module is designed to let education and training providers set out all of their curriculum activities and cross reference them to the programme outcomes. They can also access curriculum mapping reports and curriculum scheduling.
How to see Stedfast
If you would like to see an online demo of Stedfast then please get in touch with us and we will schedule a session with you
With the impending release of the new OfSTED Education Inspection Framework, education and training providers are going focus on the new inspection judgement, Quality of Education. This is a significant new area and OfSTED will expect to see your curriculum intent, implementation and impact.
We thought it would be a useful time to suggest a curriculum planning strategy and how Stedfast can support education and training providers.
What is a curriculum plan?
A curriculum plan sets out what education and training providers intend to deliver to learners. It should also include the instructional materials, assessments, lesson / session plans, the schedule of delivery and which outcomes will be covered.
Focus on the learners
Education and training providers need to remember who the curriculum plan is for. It has to be in the best interests of the learners. OfSTED will look at your curriculum intent. This has to make clear who the curriculum is for and what you are going to deliver that meets learning outcomes.
If you are delivering apprenticeships, you will also need to think about how your curriculum meets the needs to the employers. Are there elements of the curriculum that will be covered in the workplace?
How are you going to measure success?
There is little point in creating an amazing curriculum plan if you have no way of measuring success. Don't forget, OfSTED will also expect to see your curriculum impact - so how are you measuring this.
For Stedfast users this is a simple process as this activity is conducted in assessment plans which allow staff to set out how the intend to measure delivery and then add their finding as part of a cyclical review process.
How are you going to schedule the curriculum?
OfSTED will want to see how you are going to schedule the curriculum. It really isn't going to be enough to say in Term 1 we will do Henry V, in Term 2 we'll do History of Medicine and in Term 3 the League of Nations. Likewise with apprenticeship providers there really will need to be a full schedule of curriculum activities which can also be linked to the Commitment Statement.
How will you ensure that outcomes are being covered in the curriculum?
One of the main features in Stedfast is the curriculum mapping tools. Firstly, outcomes in assessment plans can be aligned to other outcomes. This is a useful tool if you want to show cross curriculum activities. In the curriculum plans, the report shows which outcomes have, or haven't been covered by curriculum activities.