Ofsted doesn't require you to create curriculum maps
However, Ofsted research suggests that curriculum mapping can help:
- Identify the extent of knowledge, skills coverage and depth in the curriculum
- Ensure sufficient coverage of the subject over time
You need to demonstrate that your curriculum is ambitious and coherently planned and sequenced towards sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment.
Curriculum maps can help you do this, but you can also demonstrate this with a list or curriculum intent audit (for primary schools).
Curriculum maps can be useful for pupils, teachers and parents
Although you're not required to create curriculum maps, they can be beneficial when done the right way for your school (see the section below).
Pupils can use them to:
- Reference prior knowledge
- Place what they're learning in the 'bigger picture'