This brand new and innovative course for 2022 focuses on how to sequence your curriculum effectively with the student’s cumulative knowledge in mind. Considering the latest education inspection framework from Ofsted, the day will place emphasis on how to plot a course through the curriculum by identifying threshold concepts and use these as to develop a progression model. It will also allow time to conduct a self-evaluation of the existing curriculum with the intent to create draft curriculum plans.

The course will also focus on data and its place within the curriculum, methods to close the attainment gap and the three waves of intervention.


  • Gain a detailed understanding of the new Ofsted framework
  • Develop a draft curriculum vision
  • A step by step approach to curriculum design
  • Increase practical approaches to tackling disadvantage
  • Create a detailed approach to developing literacy, numeracy and metacognition across the curriculum
  • A framework for supporting middle leaders in developing their subject curricula

Online | Thursday 28 April 2022

  • Senior leaders
  • Middle leaders
  • Heads of curriculum
  • Others with curriculum and assessment/data 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
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


10.00-10.20 Course introduction: 

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


10.20-11.05 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?


11.05-11.15 coffee break


11.15-12.00 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


12.00-12.45 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 


12.45-13.30 Lunch break


13.30-14.15 Session Four: Curriculum impact – the uses of assessment

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
  • Explore the role of data and assessment
  • How to sense-checking your assessment practices for purpose, process and validity
  • How to ensure marking and feedback are manageable, meaningful and motivating
  • Examine the features of effective interventions and support


14.15-15.00 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


15.00-15.20 Plenary, evaluations

Matt Bromley

Matt Bromley is an education writer and advisor with over twenty years’ experience in teaching and leadership including as a secondary school headteacher and principal, FE college vice principal, and MAT director. He is a public speaker, trainer, and school improvement lead, and a primary school governor. He remains a practising teacher, currently working in secondary, FE and HE settings. Matt writes for various newspapers and magazines, is the author of numerous best-selling books on education, and regularly speaks at national and international conferences and events.