Designing your Curriculum Intent, Implementation & Impact

This conference will be online:-

  • Kat and John are presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides and activities
  • Opportunities for delegate questions and comments
  • A copy of the slides will be made available after the course, along with further materials

This is a one day course split over Wednesday 3rd and Wednesday 10th November 2021, sessions will be 4pm to 6:30pm on both days.

“Sometimes I think that we, as teachers, are so eager to get to the answers that we do not devote sufficient time to developing the question.”
Daniel T. Willingham

With a greater emphasis on how schools interpret the National Curriculum and how they design their own approach, subject leads are in a position where it is necessary to evaluate the ‘offer’ they give and how they prepare all children to make good progress and are ready for the next stages of their learning.

This course will prepare all Senior & Middle leaders to audit and evaluate their existing curriculum and teaching against the 2019 Ofsted Framework.

According to Ofsted ‘these changes move Ofsted’s focus away from headline data to look instead at how schools are achieving these results, and whether they are offering a curriculum that is broad, rich and deep, or simply teaching to the test’.


  • Update yourself with Ofsted inspection criteria (2019)
  • Articulate how your curriculum meets the needs of your children and local context
  • Be clear about what evidence is required, and what is not required, in order for judgements to be made.
  • Ensure your curriculum is knowledge-rich and designed to maximise learning
  • Explore the role of cognitive science and other research in designing an effective curriculum
  • Understand cultural capital

Day 1 (KK)

Applying the latest educational research on curriculum design & evaluating your local context

  • Understanding your local context
  • Using local statistics
  • Transform the community through your curriculum choices
  • Weaving in the school ethos and vision
  • Tools to evaluate where your curriculum is currently

Planning your Curriculum

  • Clarity of Intent
  • Pedagogical approach (consistent)
  • Creating a curriculum development strategy:
  1. Knowledge
  2. Progression
  3. Implementation
  4. Productivity
  5. Vocabulary
  6. Metacognition
  7. Clarity and retention
  8. Improvement
  • The role of the Subject leader in developing subject specific pedagogy
  • Precision of end points
  • Planning progressive tasks that prove that students are gaining a deeper understanding of the curriculum

Day 2 (JM)

Defining Curriculum Expectations

  • Ofsted Framework for 2019 & their implications for schools
  • Intent
  • Implementation
  • Impact
  • Deepening understand of what a ‘knowledge-rich curriculum’ looks like
  • Lessons in Curriculum Design from Cognitive Science and other Research
  • Role of cognitive science in understanding memory and learning

Monitoring Curriculum Implementation & Measuring Impact

  • Monitoring and improving T&L
  • Making accurate judgements
  • Creating a culture of improvement in your department
  • Measuring Curriculum Impact
  • The use of data to drive improvement

Presenter Profiles

Presenter John Medlicott
John Medlicott (@johnmedlicott) is the Director of JMC Education (, having held a number of key academic and pastoral leadership roles in schools and colleges. John still teaches in an Ofsted Outstanding School and has taught for over 20 years. As a teacher trainer & school improvement consultant he works with schools across the UK and internationally. He is regularly graded as “outstanding” by delegates on their evaluation forms. John has spoken recently on challenge and differentiation at a National Conference for Deputy Head teachers and is a regular Keynote speaker and workshop provider in School Leadership and Teaching and Learning.
Presenter Kat Kinshaw
Kat Kinshaw has had a broad and varied career in primary and prep education over the last 22 years. She has held the posts of Headteacher, LA Advisor, PGCE Tutor and more recently Director of Education in a Multi Academy Trust. She has been a teacher in London and the South West for 23 years, the last 10 as a Headteacher. Since leading Wells Cathedral Junior School (2010-2014) Kat regularly supports IAPS speaking on Leadership, Assessment, Appraisal, Teaching & Learning and Middle Management. Her career includes Prep and State Headship, LA advisor and MAT Director of Education roles. Kat has a down to earth approach, drawing on research and theory she offers realistic and practical advice to schools on a range of subjects.

Feedback from teachers

'Kat Kinshaw was a breath of fresh air - Supportive and friendly with a true passion.'
'Engaging, insightful'
'Very approachable, knowledgeable, down to earth, realistic.'
'Kat inspired us to really probe our systems and culture.'
'Very engaging, fun, knowledgeable and inspiring.'
'Relaxed and approachable. Listens well to others.'
'Energetic, professional and experienced.'
'Kat has energy, confidence, excellent advice and expertise.'

Training 2018-19

'I am left inspired and hopeful from a wider perspective; for education and for true leadership.'
Interim Headship 2019

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

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