XLence Curriculum Development Toolkit
The move to a new curriculum for Wales means all schools will be revising and developing their provision to meet the new national aspirations for all pupils. These aspirations are defined by and linked to: the four purposes; the six area of learning and experience (AOLE); the mandatory cross-curricular skills of literacy, numeracy and digital competence; progression steps at ages 5, 8, 11, 14 and 15; achievement outcomes; the professional standards for teaching and leadership; and self- review and professional learning.
Schools must design and deliver a curriculum which results in clear, successful outcomes within statutory requirements and ensures consistency within the national framework. It needs to consider:
• a range of pedagogical approaches;
• the development of professional knowledge, skills and attitudes;
• assessment and accountability focused on learning, including self and peer assessment; and
• robust and systemic monitoring processes.
The Xlence Curriculum Toolkit can support curriculum development in your school. In the process it will ensure you are delivering a high quality education to your pupils and provide evidence for your self-review/quality assurance procedures.
What is the XLence Curriculum Development Toolkit?
The Toolkit provides an effective and simple tool for senior and middle leaders to evaluate provision by triangulating evidence from a variety of sources. It is not based on a single activity but is about the quality of education over time, very much focused on the development of the curriculum and staff in the area being reviewed. It is a supported approach that school leaders can use to evidence, track and improve the design, delivery and outcomes from the school curriculum.
How It Works In Practice
Use our range of forms and questionnaires to gather triangulated evidence for your curriculum review. Our forms are structured to help narrow your focus and guide you towards an accurate assessment, but they can be tailored to your setting and/or curriculum areas.
Review + Identify
Pull out the findings from each monitoring activity to determine the areas of strength and areas requiring development. As these have been determined from a wide source of evidence, they will help paint an overall picture of curriculum design, delivery and outcomes and should also allow you to make judgements on leadership, behaviour and personal development.
Playback + Action
Summarise your findings using our 360 review tool, which allows you to create a printable report that contains a visual summary of curriculum/AOLE level judgements (in the form of a radar chart) and an actionable list for staff to work towards.
XLence Curriculum Development Evidence
Gather your evidence in the form of curriculum leader questionnaires, lesson visits, book scrutinies, pupil/staff interviews and so on. These template forms are the result of research into best and current practice and they take remote/blended learning into consideration. They contain targeted questions, prompts for what to look for and evaluation options across 34 focus areas (sequencing, subject knowledge, questioning, supporting and developing the Welsh language, etc).
XLence Curriculum Development Review
Once the evidence is gathered, use our printable dashboards to analyse the outcomes by unpicking the data to draw out your strengths and areas for development and understand any anomalies. Reviews will start at curriculum area level but can build to school level or allow individuals to consider their own performance and development needs.
XLence Curriculum Development Playback
Once you’ve aggregated and corroborated your strengths and areas for development, these can be captured using our 360 review approach to create a succinct, printable report that can be shared with governors and other key stakeholders for scrutiny purposes or with senior and curriculum leaders to drive improvements. This provides a curriculum/AOLE area overview and also allows you to easily compare across curriculum areas to identify whole school priorities.