Curriculum design in geography developing the new Ofsted framework for inspection

Course Overview

Planning a coherent secondary geography curriculum 11-16

OfSTED have conducted research in schools with a view to incorporate curriculum design in the new inspection framework. This course will explore OfSTED defined features of an outstanding curriculum – intent, implement and impact – and use them as a framework to design a curriculum that plans for pupil progress.


  • Understand what a quality geography curriculum looks like
  • Use design tools to create a curriculum that considers intent, implementation and impact
  • Explore approaches to creating a coherent 11 – 16 geography curriculum


09.00-09.30 Arrival and refreshments

09.30-11.00 Session 1 Intent – creating a vision, and designing the curriculum

11.00-11.15 Break

11.15-12.45 Session 2 Implementation the designed curriculum

12.45-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.30 Session 3 Impact – considering how assessment should be at the heart of curriculum design

14.30-14.45 Break

14.45-15.30 Next steps

15.30 Close

Presenter Profile

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David Gardner is a consultant, with extensive experience in bringing about curriculum change that makes a real difference to learners and their schools. He leads training on assessment, curriculum design, and quality. David has a wide and varied experience of working with teachers to develop curriculum around the world, devising and leading workshops in a range of countries. David led and managed major curriculum and research projects as part of his work at the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency, between 2005-2011, as a senior national adviser for geography.

From 2011 to 2018 David was a PGCE Lecturer in Secondary Geography at several universities including Goldsmiths and UCL-IoE in London. He is the author of a range of school textbooks, teacher guides, and websites for a range of publishers. David has 28 years experience in schools, as a geography teacher, and school leader. He has recently worked with Ofsted regarding the new Inspection Framework, and its focus on a quality curriculum. His latest textbook for Hodder Education, Progress in Geography at KS3 was published in June 2018, and has been designed with intent, implementation and impact in mind.

Feedback from teachers on David’s courses

A fantastically detailed course with very up-to-date, relevant and thought-provoking ideas introduced. A very useful day from which I hope to utilise the suggestions and feed back the ideas to my department.
I felt that this course allowed me to see the merits in what we do already, but at the same time demonstrated how I need to approach further planning in a more structured manner.
Excellent, informative course with great resources.
A stimulating and informative course. Gave me a lot to think about.
Thanks to David; an extremely worthwhile day.

Cost: £250 per delegate which includes lunch and resources; £299 for 2 teachers from the same school booking on this course

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