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
• 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
for Year 8
Continuous and Connected
• Start with one pod • Plan for each pod
• Expect interconnectivity • Revisit and add to plans
The Planning Process
• 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
Clarify your vision in Review your provision
relation to your in relation to what
chosen starting point. you currently do.
Develop action plans Review your Year 8
in relation to your provision against the new
starting point. requirements.
• 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
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
• 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;
• 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
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