• Developing an Evidence Informed Curriculum

    Developing an Evidence Informed Curriculum


    A focus on curriculum looms large for many school leaders, so we need to understand how to best manage the complex challenge. But is it a bigger, different challenge that many school leaders and teachers assume? And what do ‘knowledge rich’ and ‘broad and balanced’ mean anyway?

    This three-day programme offered by Charles Dickens Research School, combines in-depth explorations of the evidence and theory around curriculum development alongside practical workshops to audit current practice, plan for change and evaluate impact. Participants will engage with evidence from cognitive science and deepen their understanding of the four domains of curriculum development: curriculum design, teacher development structures, overcoming barriers to learning and developing strategic learners.

    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, Head of School, Charles Dickens Primary School; Dan Townsend, Head of History, Charter North Dulwich.

    All sessions will run from 9:30am-3pm at Charles Dickens Primary School, Toulmin Street, London SE1 1AF.

    Session One (full day):

    Date: Thursday 8 October 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 Two (full day):

    Date: Thursday 5 November 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 Three (full day):

    Date: Thursday 26 November 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 our 2020-21 cohort here

    Price: £350
    Members receive a 20% discount