1st Edition

Developing an Outstanding Curriculum

By Jayne Bartlett, Emma Housden Copyright 2024
    154 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    154 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Our role as educators is to develop a curriculum which facilitates outstanding learning and which builds social, cultural and educational capital. The curriculum is much more than a content driven document, it is the vehicle for educational change. This book compliments the Make it Outstanding Series and is central to subject development. It has a strong focus on combining curriculum theory and translating this to a practical approach schools can adapt and implement with ease.

    Packed full of practical strategies and examples to facilitate curriculum conversations within subject and senior leadership teams the chapters provide a considered balance between theory and application. Supporting teachers, curriculum leaders, senior leaders and headteachers in leading and implementing the curriculum within their schools, the book covers:

    • An overview of different curriculum models
    • How to develop the curriculum intent from the whole school vision
    • Developing the composite and component structure
    • How we implement the curriculum with a focus on learning episodes
    • How we assess the curriculum
    • Social, cultural and educational capital
    • How we quality assure the curriculum

    Developing an Outstanding Curriculum is an essential read for all teachers, curriculum leaders, senior leaders, and headteachers who want to ensure that they drive the development of an outstanding curriculum.



    Chapter 1: Understanding the curriculum

    Chapter 2: Developing curriculum intent

    Chapter 3: Developing the composite and pinpointing the knowledge

    Chapter 4: The learning cycle

    Chapter 5: Assessing the curriculum

    Chapter 6: Social, cultural and educational capital

    Chapter 7: Quality Assurance of the curriculum




    Jayne Bartlett is a Headteacher, author of Becoming an Outstanding Mathematics Teacher, Outstanding Differentiation for Learning and Outstanding Assessment for Learning, and series editor of the Make it Outstanding Series. She has worked for over 20 years in the education sector with a focus on curriculum and teaching and learning; ensuring that we provide opportunities for all students to succeed. She is passionate about capital in education. She invited Emma Housden, who has worked with her for 3 years, to contribute to authoring this book.

    Emma Housden has worked in education for 11 years and has progressed from a teacher of mathematics to Deputy Headteacher overseeing all aspects of curriculum development.