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7 easy steps to curriculum planning

It pays to have a structured approach to planning what your pupils will learn over the coming years

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There is nothing I love more than curriculum planning. Looking at the programmes of study – and deciding what should be taught and when – is the process by which everything in a department lives and dies.

However, the amount of thought that goes into these long-term plans will vary enormously from school to school.

I have worked in departments where the plan for key stage 3 grew organically over the decades as people thought of interesting topics they’d like to include, and where the plan for GCSEs was to simply start at the beginning of the exam specification and work through it, hoping not ...

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