We are delighted to announce that we released our curriculum planning module today. This is a major new feature of Stedfast and provides quality assurance. It has been developed to meet the new challenges that will be presented when the OfSTED Inspection Framework 2019 goes live in September. In the new inspection framework, apprenticeship providers will need to demonstrate their curriculum planning, with OfSTED expecting evidence of intent,
implementation and impact. This release is the first version of our curriculum planning module, with further enhancements planned for April 2019.
Curriculum Planning Module
The curriculum planning module has been designed to support education and training providers which all aspects of curriculum planning. It is a simple but powerful module that will show curriculum intent, implementation and impact.
Creating a Curriculum Plan
The first step is to create a curriculum plan based on a set of outcomes. Typically, these will be apprenticeship standards, diplomas, BTECs or other stand-alone programmes. We have developed the curriculum plan to link the outcomes assessment plans created in Stedfast. This means that providers will be able to identify what they will deliver, how they will measure success, and how they intend to deliver the programme through the curriculum plan.
When setting up the curriculum plan, providers will also be able to add an intent statement and set the status of the plan. We have also included the ability for those apprenticeship providers to plan their 20% off-the-job training through the curriculum plan.
Both charts and reports support providers with their 20% off-the-job training planning.
Adding the Curriculum Plan Details
The next stage in the curriculum planning process is to add curriculum activities. We have developed the system to give flexibility to providers to break this down to what works best for their delivery methods. In this example, we have used workshops and other activities, but this could be modules/subjects/topics etc
Creating an activity is a simple process that involves first identifying the schedule (From – To Months or Weeks) and then determining if the activity involves Learning, Practice and Assessment.
Users can then align the activity to the outcome, add details, and attach documents such as lesson plans, PowerPoint, handouts etc. Providers can also record how much time is to be allocated for learning, practice and assessment, which supports the 20% off-the-job training plan.
Curriculum Plan Reports
There are a number of curriculum plan reports available for users, Additionally, they can be used as evidence for OfSTED inspections.
In our next scheduled update, we will release new curriculum scheduling tools and mapping reports to help providers ensure that activities have covered all outcomes.