Leadership: Outstanding academic leadership of departments and schools for Senior Leaders

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Date(s) - 17/01/2019
10:00 am - 3:30 pm


LVS Oxford

Suitable for: This course will be valuable for colleagues who have a senior academic leadership role in primary, prep or senior schools.

Leading the academic element of a school or school section goes far beyond agreeing the work of the school timetable. As a nation we are in the middle of a debate of what the nature of a child’s educational experience should be and its relevance to the social, economic and cultural challenges they will face. This course begins with asking some fundamental questions about the ‘what and the why’ and takes delegates through the process of curriculum coherence, implementation and finally by asking “how well are we doing?”.

Curriculum Rationale
Outside of national standardised assessments – KS2, GCSE and A Level how do we determine what should be in our school’s curriculum? How is this informed by the knowledge and skills debate? What part is played by substantive and disciplinary knowledge? What is meant by curricular entitlement and a curriculum for the whole person?

Curriculum coherence
Curriculum planning goes far beyond allocating portions of time. We need to look at vertical and horizontal integration and the power of epistemic ascent. What underlying knowledge underpins later access? How do we ensure conceptual rigour in our curriculum map? How does this inform our assessment strategies, pedagogical practices and resource planning including staff CPD?

Implementing the curriculum
How do we determine pedagogical best practice in relation to pupil age and subject areas? What part must CPD play? Costing our curriculum plans – staffing, materials and learning resources. How do we prepare subject leaders to ensure effective implementation? The power of knowledge organisers and curriculum partners.

Tracking, monitoring, evaluating
The relationship between assessment and progress and links to tracking & monitoring. How do we build professional collaboration and dialogue to ensure pupils are learning effectively? What part does external and internal research play in enabling us to ensure best practice? How do we plan for the future?

Course tutor: Paul Bevis

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