Best Practice

Curriculum design: Waiting for the Sunrise

In light of the new Education Inspection Framework, St Mary’s CE School has created the Sunrise Curriculum. Headteacher Nicola Bray describes their journey of curriculum design and development

St Mary’s CE School is an average sized primary in the heart of Cornwall, rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2014. The school had high results and a strong curriculum, but with the introduction of the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF), we felt that it was time to be “bold and brave” – as chief inspector Amanda Spielman has urged (Headteacher Update, April 2018) – and decided that we wanted a curriculum that was matched to our children’s and families’ needs as well as our location and environment.

The decision to write our own curriculum was not taken lightly. The leadership team spent six months researching different curriculum design before anything was changed at school. We followed Ofsted’s three phases of curriculum research (Ofsted, 2019), visited other schools and attended national training events. The Education Endowment Foundation’s implementation guidance was also very useful and gave guidance on how to prepare, deliver and sustain change (see further information).

Register now, read forever

Thank you for visiting Headteacher Update and reading some of our content for professionals in primary education. Register now for free to get unlimited access to all content.

What's included:

  • Unlimited access to news, best practice articles and podcasts

  • New content and e-bulletins delivered straight to your inbox every Monday


Already have an account? Sign in here