Develop your curriculum

Looking for help to develop your curriculum?

Access guidance, video explainers and practical tools designed to help you successfully develop your curriculum.

What is curriculum design?

Curriculum design is the process of mapping out what you will teach and in what order. Having a well-planned and resourced curriculum plays a vital role in helping your pupils achieve their learning outcomes.

It can be a complicated process that takes a lot of deep thought. You may find it difficult to manage alongside your other priorities at school. And it can be hard to find examples of what a good curriculum looks like, partly because there are different ways to approach it.

Whatever your starting point, we’re sharing the steps we take and some simple guidance, to inspire and support you in your planning.

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Getting started

Select one of our guides below to kick start the process with access to:

  • Simple step-by-step guidance for approaching your planning
  • Videos with curriculum experts explaining how to apply those steps
  • Downloadable quick guides to take away and use for individual or group planning

What element of curriculum design do you need help with?

Revising part of your curriculum:

Rebuilding or changing your curriculum:

An easy way to refresh resources:

Revising part of your curriculum:

Rebuilding or changing your curriculum:

An easy way to refresh resources:

How we approach curriculum design

Every school’s approach to curriculum design is different, but it can be helpful to see examples to inspire your own. Explore our curriculum maps to learn about the six curriculum principles that guide our lesson and curriculum design. See how we’ve approached:

  • sequencing subject key stage units, including alternative sequences
  • summarising the core content pupils will learn
  • identifying lesson specific content (varies by subject) including: lesson vocabulary, equipment requirements and disciplinary knowledge