This practical course will help senior leaders to better understand their role in the curriculum design process.  It will arm SLT with a step by step approach to the curriculum design process and enable them to write their curriculum vision, and support middle leaders to design their subject curricula.  This course will also provide delegates with tangible ways of tackling disadvantage through the curriculum and of embedding literacy, numeracy and metacognition in meaningful ways.  In so doing, this course will empower senior leaders with a strong narrative to share with inspectors when judging the school’s quality of education under the 2019 EIF.


  • Detailed understanding of the new Ofsted framework
  • A draft curriculum vision
  • A step by step approach to curriculum design
  • A practical approach to tackling disadvantage
  • An approach to developing literacy, numeracy and metacognition across the curriculum
  • A framework for supporting middle leaders in developing their subject curricula
  • Headteachers, principals and MAT CEOs
  • Senior leaders with responsibility for curriculum, teaching and learning, and assessment
  • Primary, secondary and FE senior curriculum leaders
  • Middle leaders with whole-school curriculum responsibilities
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


Welcome and refreshments

Course introduction

  • The Ofsted context – why do we have a new inspection framework and what’s changed?
  • Intent, implementation and impact – what do they mean in practice?

Session One: Agree the vision

In this session you will explore:

  • What is a curriculum?
  • What is a broad and balanced curriculum?
  • Why does the curriculum matter?
  • What is the purpose of education?
  • What is the role of senior curriculum leaders?

Session Two: Set the destination, assess the starting points and agree the waypoints

In this session you will explore:

  • Why knowledge matters and what knowledge matters?
  • How to identify key concepts
  • The importance of curriculum continuity and transition
  • How to identify individual starting points
  • How to plot a course through the curriculum by identifying threshold concepts
  • How to sequence an increasingly complex curriculum
  • How to use waypoints as a progression model

Break and informal discussion

Session Three: Define excellence and diminish disadvantage 

In this session you will explore:

  • What is excellence?
  • How to teach to the top and model high expectations
  • How to pitch learning in pupils’ struggle zones
  • How to close attainment gaps
  • The centrality of cultural capital and vocabulary to an inclusive curriculum
  • Three waves of intervention
  • Literacy, numeracy and metacognition as cross-curricular themes

Lunch and informal discussion

Session Four: Senior leaders’ role

In this session you will:

  • Explore the role that senior leaders should play in curriculum design
  • Explore the importance of providing CPD to middle leaders and teachers
  • Explore ways of protecting teachers’ workloads

Session Five: Putting it all into practice 

In this session you will:

  • Conduct a self evaluation of your curriculum
  • Draft a curriculum development action plan
  • Share good practice with colleagues

Plenary and evaluations

Matt Bromley

Education writer and advisor

Matt Bromley is an education writer and advisor with twenty years’ experience in teaching and leadership including as headteacher. He works as a public speaker, trainer, and school improvement lead, and is a school governor. He writes for various newspapers and magazines and is the author of numerous best-selling books. His education blog, voted one of the UK’s most influential, receives over 50,000 unique visitors a year.

Quality of Education