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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 in the recent blog ‘Return on Investment’, we showed that the basic curriculum design is based

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Our recent blog post ‘Magnificent Seven’ outlined the seven measures used within the Integrated Curriculum Finance Planning (ICFP) indicators of school efficiency. I just want to take a moment to consider a measure that many are grappling with and some feel has little, or even negative

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You may not have seen our recent post in the Confederation of School Trusts . The goal is to develop a different narrative in the world of funding challenges toward an investment frame rather than a deficit frame. ‘We do

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We have observed, while analysing curriculum design over many years, that school leaders tend to invest time and resources at particular thresholds in a learner’s journey throughout their education. Over recent years much has been said about intervention strategies, which

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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. Today this has been extended to 10 planning checks (Link here).

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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 that has had a number of names in recent years. Some

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September 4, 2018


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 suggest that there are three characteristics of curriculum design that need

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September 4, 2018


‎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, Arbor Education, Judicium, CJK Associates Book a place Time & Location

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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.

For over 30 years, we have worked in the education sector delivering curriculum design and practices to sustain school structures and budgets. This has become more challenging recently as the core costs increase but the funding stands still or, in

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