Within the education world, to the educators, the driver is that education is for the good of the learner. Within the business world the key is efficiency- the best we can get for the least investment, the ratio of output to input within any system. The educator and the business leader narratives and purposes apparently opposed and there lies a difficulty.
When creating curriculum models for September 2020, Chris Jones discusses the system wide impact of over-staffing strategies and the impact for us all.
Why does Curriculum Enhancement (CE) matter? Contact Ratios and Pupil Teacher Ratios are familiar to most school leaders as measures of classroom resourcing. At the most simplistic level, given thatContinue reading “Curriculum Enhancement”
When we talk about class size it becomes a really contentious issue. Ministers are criticised for an agenda of raising them; Education Endowment Fund (EEF) curate research evidence that suggests that reducingContinue reading “Pack them in?”
Once you have considered the Curriculum Enhancement value, we then need to consider how much curriculum is too much; how we can control it; and what influences the amount that we plan in? In the example used inContinue reading “The eternal round”
In an attempt to define Integrated Curriculum Finance Planning (ICFP), the Department for Education (DFE) originally outlined 7 measures that would make a significant difference in managing an establishment budget. TodayContinue reading “The Magnificent Seven”
ICFP, Integrated Curriculum Finance Planning, coined by Kate Copley a Deputy Director within the Department for Education (DFE), is the term that the DFE is now using to describe a process thatContinue reading “Dream the Impossible Dream”
For the past 10 years I have been working on school efficiency, particularly in the area of curriculum design and provision. As a result of that work I would suggestContinue reading “A balance of three”
Tue 18 Sep | AQA Free event for MAT CEOs, COOs and senior MAT leaders. Sessions led by the Regional Schools Commissioner, David Ross Education Trust, Smart Curriculum, AQA, ArborContinue reading “Autumn MAT briefing and workshop: from aspiration to implementation”
SMARTcurriculum is a set of practices and processes to secure outstanding curriculum practice. The education community practices its confidence and legacy by sharing these practices rather than specifically teaching them. CJ Learning is developing a community of practice with the real data to inform decision making about curriculum efficiency and practice.
Leading Quality in the Curriculum – Encouraging Curriculum Dialogue Author: Chris Jones, Managing Director CJ Learning Community We are constantly reminded that the leadership of state (and privately) funded educationContinue reading “Being smart about curriculum”
You will not have missed the continuing dialogue concerning challenges in school funding. The varied impassioned reactions of educational leaders and the concerned public to the tightening of school budgets,Continue reading “Scalpel or Hatchet”
The core principle behind the SMARTcurriculum method is to have sufficient detail and reason to make good decisions about the curriculum provision- thus ‘To understand’. On so many occasions duringContinue reading “SMARTcurriculum method”