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The South Wirral Way: Curriculum implementation & impact

The South Wirral Way is the result of South Wirral High School’s work to overhaul the quality and consistency of its curriculum. In the second of two articles, Dr Helen Darlington looks at how they implemented their new approaches


Many an idea fails not because the idea itself is bad or inappropriate, but because it is not implemented effectively. This is especially when the implementation is across the whole organisation.

In my article last week, I explored the problems we faced in relation to too much variation and a lack of consistency in the quality of teaching and learning and also described the solutions we developed – namely our new curriculum The South Wirral Way of Excellence in Teaching.

This framework outline five stages which should take place in every learning episode:

In this article, I will explore the process we developed to maximise the effectiveness of our approach to implementation and the impact of the changes we introduced.

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