During the times when our staff are not engaged with learners in the setting or when they have momentarily finished marking or completed planning and preparation for subsequent lessons; teachers have the additional responsibility of curriculum leadership.
For many, this means leading and driving a particular subject in school. For some, this entails wearing a few more hats and leading 2 or 3 areas of the curriculum. One of the pressures of being a one form entry school is having enough bodies and enough time to get all the plates spinning simultaneously.
At Chilli Road, we are fortunate to have an excellent blend of experience, expertise and energy so that the quality of education and provision is continuously evaluated and improved. Over the last year, our intention has been focused on the development of our curriculum. Helen Gorsky, our assistant head teacher is also our curriculum lead in school and everyone has been supported to plan and sequence their curriculum so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before and towards its clearly defined end points.
This year, we are focused on the implementation of the curriculum and evaluating how the curriculum is taught at subject and classroom level. The challenge is to share, research or create pedagogies and mechanisms that allow all our children to embed key concepts in their long-term memory and apply them fluently.
The impact of all our work and energy should lead to happy and articulate children who achieve good results and who are prepared for their next stage of education.
This is what a subject leader at Chilli Road needs to consider...