• How articulate are you about how your Science curriculum meets the needs of your children and local area?
  • Do you know what the new key Ofsted judgements are and the evidence needed to for them to make accurate graded judgements?
  • Is your Science curriculum designed to maximise learning?
  • How do we develop a knowledge-rich curriculum for Science?
  • What is the role of cognitive science and other research in designing an effective curriculum?
  • How do we increase cultural capital in Science?

With a greater emphasis on curriculum intent and how schools interpret the National Curriculum to meet the needs of their children,  Heads of Science are now in a position where it is necessary to evaluate the ‘offer’ they give and how they prepare all children to make good progress and become better prepared for the next stages of their learning. This course will prepare all Science subject leaders to audit and evaluate their existing curriculum and teaching against the new 2019 Ofsted Framework.


  • Take away the latest approaches and methods on re-designing your curriculum
  • Extend your ability to map and structure an effective science curriculum
  • Gain crucial information on how to implement science-specific curriculum design
  • Take away practical and easily implemented tools for improving a science curriculum
  • Heads of Science
  • Directors of Science
  • Science lead practitioners
  • Heads of key stage
  • Teachers of Science
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


10.00 – 10.45am
The Ofsted Framework for 2019 and its implications for Science departments

  • Impact of the Ofsted Framework for Science
  • Intent
  • Implementation
  • Impact
  • Really understanding what a ‘knowledge-rich curriculum’ looks like in Science: what do we need to know and do

Lessons from Cognitive Science and other Research

  • Role of cognitive science in understanding memory and learning
  • Impact of the latest educational research on curriculum design

11.30 – 11.45am 

Coffee break and informal discussion

11.45 – 1.00pm
Defining your department’s Curriculum Intent

  • Understanding your local context
  • Curriculum non-negotiables
  • The role of the Subject leader in interpreting and moulding the non-negotiables in Science
  • Increasing Science Cultural Capital

1.00 – 2.00pm 
Lunch and informal discussion

Outstanding Curriculum Implementation and Leadership in Science

  • Outstanding delivery in 2019 and 2020
  • Monitoring and improving T&L in Science
  • Creating a culture of improvement in your department
  • Making sure all the department understand and deliver your curriculum intent

3.15- 3.45pm
Curriculum Impact in Science

  • What data do Ofsted want to see?
  • Using data to improve pupil outcomes, without getting lost in it

John Medlicott

John has taught for 25 years and has trained teachers for over 15 years where he is regularly graded as “outstanding” by delegates on their evaluation forms. This year he has chaired National Conferences in School Leadership & Teaching and Learning and has led a debate on “the future of A levels” and “Implications of the new OFSTED Framework” at the 6th annual Sixth Form Leadership conference in London. He has held a number of Senior Management positions as well as leading departments both in the UK and internationally.

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