Curriculum Planning 2020 – New Considerations

This crucial time of year always comes around really quickly when planning begins for the next academic year. Last term the new Education Inspection Framework came into effect, giving curriculum leaders, heads of departments and tutors new requirements to consider and integrate into curriculum and lesson planning. Below we look at these changes and ways to embed them into curriculums.

Now the Education Inspection Framework requires curriculums to extend beyond the academic, technical or vocational, rather helping the learner grow in all aspects; enabling learners to discover their own ‘interests and talents’. A focus needs to be on supporting learners in developing their character (including their resilience, confidence and independence), as well as preparing learners for progression onto further learning or work.

Curriculum Planning 2020 – New Considerations

Moving away from outcomes Inspectors will now focus on the quality of the offering of providers specifying that ‘providers cannot do more their remit’. When making judgements they will consider the following areas:

  • Quality of Education – Including the intent, implementation and impact of curriculums.
  • Behaviour and Attitudes – Including attitudes to learning, behaviour, employability, attendance and punctuality, and respect.
  • Personal Development – Including enrichment, British Values, careers guidance, health and well-being, Citizenship, Equality and Diversity, and preparations for next steps.
  • Leadership and Management – Including vision and ethos, staff development, staff workload and well-being, student experience, governance/ oversight, and safeguarding.

To reflect this holistic approach Inspectors may now go into classrooms to observe and speak to learners. As a result it is vital that all learners are engaged in all aspects of the curriculum and FE life, have opportunities to improve their level of skill in core subjects, build friendships, and prepare for the next stage of education, training or employment.

To meet the new standards providers need to reflect on the range, quality and take-up of extra-curricular activities offered to ensure they are fit for purpose and successful in allowing learners to develop their character. A key part of this is providing career programmes that offer advice, training or employment opportunities.

At Ascentis we have a range of different qualifications to support your extra-curricular activities and help satisfy the requirements of the personal development and behaviour and attitudes criteria, including our Short Online Qualifications. These can easily be embedded into the curriculum at a time suitable for you and your learners, and are available in a range of subjects including: British Values; Citizenship; Equality and Diversity; Healthy Living; Internet Safety; Managing Personal Finance; Mental Health and Well-being; Social Media; and Understanding Employment, Business and Enterprise. In our Qualification Mapping Document we have explained the new criteria in more detail and mapped our qualifications to the Education Inspection Framework to show you which qualifications can contribute towards each key area.

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