Much of the talk in recent years has been about “rich” and “knowledge rich” curriculum provision. This course explores what exactly is meant by those terms and how they impact on you as a leader and/or a teacher of History. What exactly does a “rich” History curriculum look like and why should it matter? The course challenges you to examine and reflect on your current curriculum provision and consider how you might develop and lead it through the coming years.


  • Develop the skills of curriculum analysis and evaluation
  • Critically examine your curriculum, identifying strengths and opportunities for development gaps and
  • Work collaboratively with like-minded colleagues to create strategies to fill those gaps
  • Understanding the “Deep Dive” process and its implications for your department
  • Meaningful conversations about your curriculum: Intent, Implementation and Impact
  • Take away strategies, specific to History to lead and inspire outstanding teaching and learning
DATE & LOCATION Online | Thursday 22 April 2021
Online | Friday 11 June 2021
  • Head of History Departments
  • Head of Humanities
  • Subject Leaders of History
  • Aspiring Heads of History/Humanities
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder 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 – 11:15am: “Knowledge Rich” and “Rich” History

  • Considering the components of “rich” and “knowledge rich” History
  • Evaluating your curriculum offer: Rationale or Historic?
  • What do you do well? Where are the gaps?
  • What opportunities do you see for development?

11-15 – 11.30am: Break

11.30 – 12.30pm: Group/Breakout Session Some Case Studies

  • An opportunity to explore “rich” curriculum plans
  • Encouraging innovation

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch 

1.30 – 2:15pm: Developing Our Own “Rich” History Curriculum

  • First principles: a new Rationale/Statement of Intent
  • Shape and Progression in our “Rich” curriculum: Implementation
  • What opportunities do you see for development?

2.15 – 3.00pm: Deep Diving Our Curriculum

  • An opportunity to explore curriculum provision with colleagues using the “Intent, Implementation and Impact” model
  • Assessing the impact of our curriculum: performance indicators

3.00 – 3.10pm: Afternoon Break      

3.10 – 3.45pm Reflection and Plenary

  • Action Planning for a “Rich” curriculum: “What Happens Tomorrow?”
  • How you can lead curriculum change in your school
  • Empowering your department to own curriculum change.

Dr Paul Johnson

Paul is an experienced examiner, successful former Deputy Head and Head of Department and school governor, with more than 35 years’ teaching experience in a range of educational contexts. He has extensive experience as a senior leader in schools and he is a current Ofsted inspector, as well as training Teachers on their PGCE courses in History with Manchester University. He is highly experienced and regarded provider of national training courses and tutorials for teachers at all stages of their career and with students. Paul is a current senior examiner with a leading examination board for History, a former Principal Moderator and the author of a number of text books and articles on the craft of history teaching.