About This Webinar
How should we plan, and implements a coherent, and sequenced curriculum from Reception to GCSE and beyond? Through the prism of geography, this keynote session will look at how to create and map a subject curriculum from scratch and will offer insights and advice that are applicable to all subjects and both primary and secondary phases of education.

A former school leader, QCA curriculum advisor for geography, and an international curriculum specialist, David Gardner, has extensive experience of what it takes to build a coherent curriculum. He has worked across the world on a wide range of curriculum models. David will discuss the principles of curriculum design, the dynamic relationships between intent, implementation and impact, and how these then relate to curriculum planning for a specific subject area. Using geography as his case study, David will explain how his principles of curriculum design should be applied in a single subject area – but these are principles that should run across all subjects.

He will address the common confusion he encounters around the three “Is”, the specific challenges at primary and secondary level.How to plan for pupil progress, developing the curriculum as the progression framework. He will include key messages from Ofsted about its curriculum expectations and research. He will also offer access to curriculum design tools that delegates can use as part of their work back in school.

The handouts for this session are available by clicking the handout icon on the bottom right-hand corner of the video player.
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    David Gardner
    Curriculum Design Specialist & Author, Former QCA Curriculum Advisor, Former Teacher & School Leader

    David Gardner is a freelance educational consultant, and successful author, with a wealth of experience in schools, universities and at a national policy level. He was a Lecturer in Secondary Initial Teacher Education (geography) at UCL Institute of Education, until August 2018. He also led geography ITT at Goldsmiths and the Open University. David was national geography adviser at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) from 2005 to 2011. He was a secondary school teacher for 28 years, and a deputy headteacher.

    David leads CPD for teachers about assessment and curriculum design in geography. He works with schools to develop coherent KS3 and 4 curriculum that plan for pupil progress, with assessment at its heart.

    In 2018, he was the lead author and editor of a new ‘best-selling’ Key Stage 3 geography textbook course, published by Hodder Education – Progress in Geography KS3.


    He is currently writing a curriculum design guidance book/toolkit for the Geographical Association - Planning your Coherent 11-16 Geography Curriculum, Sheffield: Geographical Association.