• Evidence Informed Curriculum Development

    Evidence Informed Curriculum Development


    Curriculum development is a hot topic at the moment. Do we really need to completely overhaul our curriculum offer, or can we hold our nerve and understand that small changes can achieve great impact? What are the best bets from research that can support us in providing an excellent curriculum for all students?

    This three-day course offered by Charles Dickens Research School, will deepen delegates’ understanding of what is meant by curriculum. It will provide opportunities to explore and engage with evidence to:

    • audit current practice, including understanding how teachers’ beliefs impact on curriculum
    • understand current debates around curriculum, including the perceived conflict between knowledge and skills
    • understand how best to implement change to maximise long term improvement
    • use lessons from cognitive science to plan for long-term learning
    • evaluate the impact of changes to the curriculum: how do we know what our students have learned?

    What is involved

    Morning sessions will be spent exploring and engaging with evidence. Afternoon workshops will give delegates opportunities to apply the evidence to their own contexts through auditing, planning and evaluation activities.

    Session details

    Sessions will be led by Jemima Rhys-Evans, Deputy Head (Academic) Charles Dickens Primary School, Specialist Leader of Education and Director of the Charles Dickens Research School. All sessions will run from 9:30am-3pm at Charles Dickens Primary School, Toulmin Street, London SE1 1AF

    Session 1
    Date: Thursday 27 February 2020
    Theme: The Big Picture: What do you want your students to learn?
    In the morning, delegates will explore and engage with evidence around sequencing of the curriculum to ensure progression of students’ knowledge and skills. In the afternoon, delegates will have the opportunity to audit current practice and policy and start an action plan for change.

    Session 2
    Date: Thursday 2 April 2020
    Theme: Zooming in: How can sequences of lessons secure long-term learning?
    In the morning, delegates will explore and engage with evidence from the realm of cognitive science about making learning stick: effective retrieval practice; introducing new learning in small steps; designing learning resources to support all students. The afternoon workshop (1:30pm-3pm) will be spent planning and adapting a unit of work from delegates’ schools to maximise the learning.

    Session 3
    Date: Thursday 30 April 2020
    Theme: Evaluating the impact: How do we know what our students have learned?
    Agenda: The morning will start with exploring and engaging with evidence about assessment. This will be followed by a lesson observation in a Year 6 classroom and book looks, to evaluate strategies to assess learning. The afternoon workshop (1:30pm-3pm) session will be given over to planning next steps.

    Sign up and cost

    Register to join the 2020 cohort here.

    Price: £300
    Members receive a 20% discount