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					 Planning for the Revised
Curriculum at Key Stage 3
Aims of this Unit
• Assist School Development Planning for the Revised Curriculum;

• Provide practical strategies for planning:
  - Learning for Life and Work
  - Skills & Capabilities
  - Assessment for Learning
  - General Learning Areas
  - Connected Learning; and

•   Provide additional resources for planning.
Implementation by 2007?
• We can’t do it all by 2007.

• We need time to plan carefully.

• We need time to receive training.
How is the curriculum changing?
                               • Minimum Requirements
A more flexible curriculum
                               • Themes that engage teenagers
                               • Emphasis on relevance and connections

                               Central elements of Revised Curriculum:
Focus on Learning for Life and
                               • Personal Development
                               • Citizenship
                               • Employability
                               • Home Economics
                               Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities
Building Thinking Skills and   to become an intrinsic part of classroom
Personal Capabilities          practice
                               Classroom methodology to improve focus
Assessment for Learning
                               on learning, participation and feedback
Why is the curriculum changing?
• National strategies

• Research and evidence base

• Changing times
Starting Points
for Year 8
Continuous and Connected

• Start with one pod         • Plan for each pod
• Expect interconnectivity   • Revisit and add to plans
The Planning Process
4A’s Model
• harmonises with best practice and is very flexible

Can be used to plan across:

•   whole school
•   departmental/Area of Learning
•   subject/individual teachers
•   year groups
•   key stages.
4A’s Cycle for Implementation

      Aspire                   Audit
      Clarify your vision in   Review your provision
      relation to your         in relation to what
      chosen starting point.   you currently do.

      Action                   Adapt
      Develop action plans     Review your Year 8
      in relation to your      provision against the new
      starting point.          requirements.
4A’s Benefits
• a deeper understanding of the changes in the Revised

• opportunities to be creative in meeting the requirements of
  the Revised Curriculum;

• increased engagement and commitment from staff; and

• vital information to inform decision-making.
Clarify your vision for the Revised Curriculum in
relation to your chosen starting point (pod.)

• What do we want our pupils to know about?

• What do we want our pupils to be?
  (attitudes, dispositions and values)

• What do we want our pupils be able to do?
  (skills & capabilities)
Outline of Planning Activities for Aspire
Review your current provision in relation to the
Revised Curriculum.

Results will contribute to a curriculum map for Year 8 showing:

• subject content and contexts;

• existing opportunities for Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities
  and Assessment for Learning;

• existing/potential links to Learning for Life and Work.
Outline of Planning Activities for Audit
Review existing Year 8 curriculum map against the
Minimum Requirements of the Revised Curriculum
to identify:

• strengths and weaknesses;

• duplication and/or gaps;

• more opportunities for Connecting Learning;

• what can be done better.
Outline of Planning Activities for Adapt
Develop action plans in relation to your starting
Actions plans should be prepared for:
• whole school;

• departments;

• Areas of Learning;

• individual subjects; and

• individual teachers.
Outline of Activities for Action
Additional Resources to Support Our
• The ‘Planning for Implementation’ DVD and staff discussion

• Case studies of school planning and implementation;

• CPD materials on Learning for Life and Work, Thinking Skills and
  Personal Capabilities and Assessment for Learning; and

• Connecting the Learning: Thematic Units.
A Departmental Approach to Planning
Minimum Requirements
See Handout
Points to Remember
1.   Choose a starting point.

2.   Create a plan for each pod.

3.   Use the 4A’s Model to create each plan.

4.   Each plan should feed into a master plan.

5.   Revisit and amend the plans regularly, making sure to also update the
     master plan.

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