15 Oct New module: The curriculum and beyond: what every governor needs to know
Modern Governor subscribers now have access to a strategic leadership e-learning module – part of the Governor responsibilities collection of modules. This module aims to enable governors and trustees in schools, academies and multi-academy trusts to understand what “curriculum” means – in their own institution, as an expression of the National Curriculum and through elements which might not be instantly recognisable as making up part of a “curriculum offer”.
The module’s author is Dr Tony Breslin, an educationalist and governance specialist who authored the recent RSA report Who governs our schools? which was detailed on in a series of blog posts here on the Modern Governor blog.
Given the recent comments by the head of Ofsted on the coming focus on the curriculum in inspections:
“Ultimately, the curriculum is the yardstick for what school leaders want their pupils to know and to be able to do by the time they leave school”
Amanda Spielman, HMCI, October 2018
Dr Breslin has also written a timely article on why an understanding of the curriculum is a core issue for governance:
The module’s structure
Click or tap on the images to see some screens from across the module:
The module is broken down into three main sections with a conclusions and summary section following them:
What do we mean by ‘curriculum’?
This section is designed to enhance governors’ and trustees’ understanding of “what gets taught” (and why) in a school and to understand the governance responsibilities with regard to the curriculum.
How does the National Curriculum work?
This section gives an understanding of the origins and structure of the National Curriculum, its statutory elements, how the National Curriculum is moulded and shaped to meet local need and the role of governance in supporting the delivery of the curriculum.
How does assessment impact on the curriculum?
Assessment strategies, qualification frameworks and curriculum models form part of a jigsaw puzzle and this section develops governors’ and trustees’ understanding of how the sometimes ill-fitting parts of this puzzle come together and impact on one another..
How the module works
In common with all Modern Governor modules the module works beautifully on a smartphone, tablet and desktop or laptop compuer., once finished governors and trustees are able to download a personalised certificate in PDF format as evidence of completion of the module.
How to access the module
Any subscriber who logs in is immediately able to enrol on and complete any of the 50+ Modern Governor modules, including this newly updated one. If you’d like to have full access to five of the mobile friendly modules then simply sign up for the free, no-obligation, 30 day trial or contact us to find out subscription rates for your school, academy, MAT, federation or local authority.
Find out more about these modules via our e-learning pages or by browsing all of our articles related to new and updated learning modules.