Planning a coherent secondary geography curriculum 11-16

This course is online - the course will run as two half-day sessions with a gap task between the sessions.

This course will explore ideas about quality geography education, thinking geographically, curriculum design and progression, as well as OfSTED’s curriculum research in schools. You will be introduced to a range of curriculum design tools, as well as a design process, to help you develop a coherent 11-6 geography curriculum to bring the ideas of the geography subject community and OfSTED’s focus on curriculum intent, implement and impact to life, designing 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

There will be a dialogue before the course to ensure sessions are tailored to your needs which will take the form of a questionnaire to complete.

A series of key readings, supporting documents and tools will be provided online.

Session 1: 10th November 4pm - 6.30pm

Introduction to a curriculum design process

Curriculum Intent

  • Creating a vision and designing your curriculum to consider ideas about curriculum coherence and progression
  • Designing the curriculum to bring your intent to life, by considering the principles of sequencing units of work to best support pupil progress towards your vision.

Next steps – in between the two twilight training sessions you will be able to apply the ideas introduced in the session to the curriculum design work you have already considered.

Session 2: 17th November 4pm -6.30pm

Reflection – we will start by sharing ideas and approaches considered from the first session.

Curriculum Implementation

  • How do you implement your intended curriculum to progress your pupils towards your vision? – ideas, approaches, and resources at both KS3 and GCSE will be explored.
  • Approaches to assessment

Curriculum Impact – how can you evaluate your new curriculum?

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 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. David had 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 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. His latest textbook was published June 2020 by Hodder Education ‘Progress in Geography Skills at KS3’.
He is currently writing ‘Planning your coherent 11-16 geography curriculum’, a guidance book including curriculum design tools for the Geographical Association.

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; £299 for 2 teachers from the same school booking on this course

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