Best Practice

Case study: Planning a subject curriculum

How do you design your curriculum? What questions must you ask? What processes must you go through? Head of English Chloe Testa describes how she worked with colleagues to completely overhaul her school’s English curriculum

Before the world turned on its head, our minds were focused on one thing, and one thing only: curriculum. It was the latest buzz word to drip off the tongues of those on high, as if having a strong curriculum is somehow a) revolutionary and b) the way to solve all of our problems. If only that were so!

A strong curriculum is incredibly important – there is no doubt about this. But the thing about a strong curriculum is that it is never finished. Our curriculum should always be evolving and developing as we do. After all, no cohort of students will ever be exactly the same, so why should we assume our curriculum can remain untouched for decades (barring government changes that completely fudge things up of course – but that’s another story!)?

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