It’s a sobering thought – with new GCSE, teaching the content in the specification only prepares students for 40% of the marks. For the rest, they have to apply and analyse, and experience show many students never learn this.
Enter Blueprint: a 5-year plan based on the KS3 Science Syllabus we built for AQA. Blueprint is designed backwards from the 3 GCSE Assessment Objectives. It’s organised around a progression of essential concepts and scientific thinking skills, to give stronger support for low and middle achievers, and challenge for higher achievers.
We know how difficult it is to make innovation work, so we’re offering you a first-class CPD combo to implement the changes. Kickstart your 5-year curriculum is a highly practical workshop in June/July plus all the teaching and assessment materials to pilot one Year 7 concept using Blueprint from May. Workshop events at locations around England and Wales.
Get the best price for early bird registration, before 28 April.
What you’ll learn
- How to restructure your curriculum to maximise understanding and minimise repetition
- How to reshape units as a learning path towards mastering concepts & skills
- How to adjust your teaching practice for each learning stage
- How to embed formative and summative assessment
1. Vision and obstacles (1 hour)
- Two essential goals: GCSE results and skills for work-life skills
- The mastery mindset: changing assumptions that limit achievement
- From curriculum as content, to a training in expert thinking
- From teaching the spec, to building concepts and big ideas
- From assessing after teaching, to assessing before teaching
- From memorising information, to solve problems with concepts
2. Start reshaping your curriculum plan (1 hour)
- Use Blueprint’s 5 principles to analyse your current curriculum, identify one or two areas of focus, and start reshaping your curriculum plan. Either follow Blueprint’s examples, or adapt them to your needs:
- Progression: Start with the big picture and organise key GCSE content into a 5-year routemap that build towards big ideas and skill mastery.
- Preparation: Adapt your unit objectives around the key concepts at three levels of understanding: acquire (AO1), apply (AO2) and analyse (AO3)
- Problems: Reframe learning objectives around problems – challenging learning tasks – to ensure students can use their knowledge
- Priorities: Divide the unit teaching plan to focus on building high priority knowledge – concepts and skills
- Pedagogy: Embed formative assessment strategies such as pre-assessment with ‘prior concepts’ and diagnostics to check if students have mastered Acquire and Apply, allowing time for further learning or Analyse.
3. Practice new teaching and assessment habits (2 hours)
- Choose a sample biology concept (Feeding relationships) or physics concept (Weight), and practise the 4 innovative aspects of the Blueprint approach:
- Adjust: pre-assess and use diagnostic questions to adapt teaching, with reviews, intervention or enrichment
- Acquire: help learners construct concepts and avoid misconceptions, through a micro-enquiry approach
- Apply: teach so that students can generalise their understanding, by immediately applying knowledge
- Analyse: model strategies that help learners with higher order thinking, such as the ‘3 -step approach to problem solving’
4. Plan and discuss implementation ( 1 hour)
- Plan the follow-up in school:
- Pilot feedback: for schools who already started the pilot, feedback and lessons learned
- Pilot planning: for schools who have not started, getting ready to teach 1 Year 7 concept using Blueprint
- Evaluation of the pilot
Linked to this workshop is a pilot where teachers can try out the teaching of 1 Year 7 concept using the Blueprint approach, during summer term 2018. 3 units will be available to pilot from May 2018:
- Chemical & physical (Chemical change unit)
- Weight (Gravity unit)
- Feeding relationships (Interdependence unit)
You will receive teaching and assessment materials from Mastery Science to help you deliver the concept:
- Scheme of learning and teachers guide
- Pre-assessment and review
- Acquire, Apply and Analyse activities
- Diagnostic quiz
- Summative assessment
- Online videos to explain the innovations
- Webinar to follow-up implementation
Feedback from teachers
“An inspiring day with so many ideas. I definitely plan to make a start and make changes.”
“I really enjoyed this philosophy on education; really made me think. I will be changing the way I do things.”
“Great concept ideas: I will be suggesting these to my Head of Department and using Big Ideas.
“A really helpful course and lots of great ideas to start implementing.”
“Very useful and relevant. Likely to make an immediate impact on planning for lessons.”
“Fabulous day – I’ve got a lot from it. Lots of good ideas and discussions.”
“Great to have topic/syllabus drawn up as I’ve been battling this in my own rewrite from scratch.”