Headteacher Update Podcast: Curriculum Design – Intent, Implementation & Impact

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

This episode looks at the principles of effective curriculum design in the primary school, offering practical advice, ideas and guidance in the context of both Ofsted's Education Inspection Framework and general best practice.

As well as general good practice, the discussion looks at curriculum design in light of Ofsted’s 2019 Education Inspection Framework and its renewed focus on curriculum intent, implementation and impact.

We discuss the steps that school leaders can take to ensure an effective, relevant and coherent curriculum. Other themes include:

  • Ensuring the curriculum is relevant to your locality and context
  • Creating a curriculum vision
  • The hidden curriculum (beyond the national curriculum)
  • Achieving a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Identifying end-points and threshold concepts
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Supporting teachers and subject co-ordinators
  • Evaluating your curriculum
  • Managing time constraints and workload

Hosted by National Leader of Education Helen Frostick, our guests for this discussion are:

  • Matt Bromley is an education advisor and author with more than 20 years’ experience in teaching including as a headteacher.
  • Laura McPhee, headteacher, Loughborough Primary School in Lambeth, London
  • Mark Hartley, school improvement advisor and education author.


You can listen to this episode of the Headteacher Update Podcast above. To hear other Headteacher Update podcasts, or to subscribe for free to new editions, search for 'The Headteacher Update Podcast' in your podcast streaming application of choice. Or visit www.headteacher-update.com/knowledge-bank/podcasts/

For details about The Headteacher Update Podcast, or to suggest future topics, email editor Pete Henshaw at pete.henshaw@markallengroup.com


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