Course: In Pursuit of the Best Prep School Curriculum
June 6 10:00 am 4:00 pm
This course aims to look at what we are offering the children in our duty of care and explores opportunities for development of subject teaching and enrichment activities in the future. All subjects will be under scrutiny, as will the range of events and activities, trips and visits available, and pastoral structures; to achieve the very best educational provision for children growing up in the 21st century.
Participation in this course will address questions like:
• What do our children need to learn?
• What is working?
• What isn’t working?
• What opportunities are there for my school?
• How do I put it all together?
The day is for aspirational senior and middle leaders; Heads, Deputy Heads, Directors of Studies, Curriculum Managers, and Heads of Departments.
The day will be fully interactive; you will share your own practices and experiences and benefit from hearing those from colleagues in other schools. You will return home with ideas and ambition to enhance your school’s current provision, and also a framework for how to make it happen.
The day will be led by Robin Davies, Assistant Director of Education, Cognita Schools
Robin has spent two decades in Prep Schools, including six years as Headmaster of Barfield School, Surrey. He has been an ISI team inspector for over ten years and his work oversees quality assurance of curriculum, teaching and learning and assessment in ten UK Prep Schools. The pursuit of a truly ‘broad and varied’ curriculum that best prepares children for the world at large is his ongoing professional challenge.
No element of any curriculum should stand in isolation; the learning objectives of timetabled subjects can be woven carefully alongside those of the enrichment opportunities of extra-curricular clubs and activities, as well as whole school themes such as technology, outdoor learning and SMSC and british values. Similarly, the increasingly high profile aspects of safeguarding and physical, mental and spiritual health can permeate the curriculum if it is thoughtfully mapped out.
Robin will guide delegates through interactive workshops to share experiences of different curriculum models, and explore further opportunities for curriculum development. Delegates will be able to reflect on their own blend of educational and pastoral provision and return to School with additional options for getting the very best out of their curriculum.