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 curriculumThe DfE expects all pupils to be taught 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 a scheme of workIs there any advice on creating schemes of work? One of our associate education experts outlines suggested principles for developing a scheme of work, as well as format and content. We also link to further articles with examples of schemes of work for the National 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 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.
Literacy across the curriculum: guidanceIs there guidance on developing literacy across the curriculum? We relay advice from one of our associate education experts, and link to guidance on developing literacy across the school. You will also find examples of how schools promote literacy across the curriculum.
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 subjectsWhich subjects can parents withdraw their children from? We look at which subjects parents have an automatic right to withdraw their child from and how this applies to maintained schools, academies and independent schools. You will also find 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.
Conducting a work scrutiny in computingIs there guidance on conducting a work scrutiny in computing? In this article, we relay advice from one of our associate education experts on conducting a work scrutiny in computing. We also link to further information on conducting work scrutinies.
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.
Monitoring the impact of homework on pupil progressHow can we monitor the impact of homework on pupil progress? We relay advice from one of our associate education experts on how to evaluate the impact of homework on pupil progress. We also look at examples of how schools monitor the impact of homework.
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: templateUse our template to audit your spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) provision, and look at examples of completed audits from schools.