Anti-racism: how to review and re-frame your curriculumLearn how to make diversity central to your curriculum, not just a bolt on, and make sure BAME history and achievements are taught all year round. Use our review tool to question and adapt what you’re teaching so your curriculum accurately represents Britain's diverse past and the society we live in today.
Bloom's Taxonomy: summariesAre there simple summaries of Bloom's Taxonomy? In this article, we refer to summaries from a school and local authority. We also look at how Bloom's Taxonomy is used in lesson planning in schools.
Classroom displays: effective practiceWhat makes an effective classroom display? We look at what to include in classroom and whole-school displays in a variety of school settings. We also include guidance on Ofsted's consideration of displays, tips on building displays and examples of displays from schools.
Covering LGBT content in your curriculumUpdatedThe DfE expects all pupils to be taught lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) content, but you can decide when and what is appropriate. Find out how you can make your curriculum more inclusive.
Curriculum provision in PRUs and APsPupil referral units (PRUs) and alternative provisions (APs) aren't required to follow the National Curriculum, but they do have to provide a good alternative curriculum. Find out what this includes, and see examples of curriculum offers from other PRUs and APs.
Curriculum resources: achieving value for moneyHow can subject leaders resource the curriculum more effectively? In this article, we relay advice from two of our associate experts on how to achieve value for money through the budget allocation and buying process. We also relay good practice advice for new subject leaders.
Developing a growth mindset across a schoolHow can I promote a growth mindset across the whole school? This article looks at Carol Dweck's research, and examples of how two schools are developing a growth mindset, including a case study from a teaching school. It also highlights content from the CPD Toolkit from The Key.
Developing a resilience curriculumHow can schools develop a resilience curriculum? We refer to information from a secondary multi-academy trust and from a primary academy about how these schools are teaching resilience as part of their curriculum.
Developing spiritual, moral, social and cultural educationHow can we develop spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education? This article includes Department for Education guidance on the requirements for SMSC provision, and advice on ways to develop SMSC provision. You will also find a case study from a teaching school.
English genres in the National CurriculumMaintained schools must cover the genres of literature and writing set out in the National Curriculum. Learn what you have to teach for reading and writing in Key Stages 1 to 4, and see examples of what other primary and secondary schools teach.
How to check your curriculum is accessible for pupils with SENDTo help pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) reach their full potential, they first must have equal access to your curriculum. Learn how to find out if you've got the right measures in place so you can stay compliant with the Equality Act and SEND regulations.
How to design a curriculumBe clear on how to design an effective curriculum with guidance on the principles of curriculum design, and see how other schools map out their curriculum.
Implementing a knowledge-based curriculumWith the introduction of more knowledge-heavy qualifications and National Curriculum, more schools are developing a knowledge-based curriculum approach. Understand the benefits and challenges of implementing a knowledge-based curriculum with advice from 2 of our experts.
Promoting British values in the curriculumHow can we promote British values through our curriculum? Two of our associate education experts explain how schools can incorporate British values into the curriculum, and the limitations to doing so. We also include a downloadable template to record how your school promotes British values.
Quality first teaching: guidanceIs there any guidance on quality first teaching (QFT)? We summarise guidance from two archived National Strategies publications that outline the characteristics of QFT and how to put them into practice. We also look at how two schools practice QFT, and link to examples of resources.
Requests to withdraw a pupil from RECan pupils be withdrawn from RE lessons? We relay guidance on parents' right to withdraw their children from religious education (RE), religious worship in school or trips to places of worship. We also look at schools' duty to provide alternative education for pupils withdrawn from RE.
School reopening and getting learning back on track: where to startYou won't have time to teach every lesson pupils missed during school closure, so you'll need to make some tough decisions on what to recap and what to let go. Get advice from curriculum experts Mary Myatt and Tom Sherrington on how to prioritise key concepts, spot gaps in pupil knowledge, and run effective consolidation lessons.
Sex and relationship education: schemes of workAre there schemes of work for SRE ? We link to examples of schemes of work for sex and relationship education (SRE) teaching in primary and secondary schools. We also link to an article that outlines the statutory requirements for SRE.
Thematic curriculum structures: advice and examplesHow can schools structure their curriculum thematically? In this article, we relay advice from one of our associate education experts on designing a curriculum thematically. We also look at examples of how primary schools use a thematic curriculum.
Withdrawing pupils from subjectsFind out which subjects parents can withdraw their children from and how these rules apply to maintained schools, academies and independent schools. Plus, get advice on disapplying pupils from the National Curriculum.
Conducting a pupil-led book scrutiny How might schools conduct a pupil-led book scrutiny? We include a downloadable KeyDoc template to support a book scrutiny conducted by pupils and staff in collaboration, and relay guidance from two of our associate education experts. We also link to further work scrutiny templates from The Key.
Evaluate your subject/department: SEF checklistNewDownload and adapt our checklist to evaluate the effectiveness of your subject or department. It's divided into the 2019 Ofsted framework judgements, and is designed to work alongside our curriculum evaluation tools.
Evaluating a classroom's provision for pupils with SENIs there a checklist to evaluate a classroom's provision for pupils with SEN? In this article, we include a KeyDoc checklist for evaluating classroom provision for pupils with SEN. We also link to guidance and checklists on learning environments for pupils with ASD and PMLD.
Forms for scrutinising planningAre there forms for scrutinising teachers' planning? This article includes a KeyDoc for scrutinising teachers’ planning, which you can download. We also link to a planning scrutiny proforma from a local authority, and examples of questions to ask when scrutinising teachers’ planning.
How to do your own subject deep diveFollow our step-by-step guide to help you collaborate with staff to carry out your subject deep dive, so you can make improvements to your curriculum.
Questioning pupils for a maths work scrutiny (primary)How can we conduct a primary maths scrutiny involving pupils? We spoke to one of our associate education experts about suggested questions to ask pupils to explain how they worked out their answers. We also relay guidance on how the school should approach the initiative.
SMSC audit: template and examplesUpdatedUse our template to audit your spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) provision, and look at examples of completed audits from schools.