Definitions of the curriculum vary but in general terms in education it is understood that the curriculum is what is taught in a given course or subject. Curriculum refers to an interactive system of teaching and learning with specific goals, contents, strategies, measurement, and resources. The desired outcome of curriculum is successful development of knowledge, skills and attitudes.
In more recent times, Ofsted has focused more on the real substance of education rather than simply outcomes, with a working definition that refers to the concepts of intent, implementation and impact (often known as the 3 I’s). This recognises that the curriculum passes through different states as it is conceived, taught and experienced.
“The end result of a good, well-taught curriculum is that pupils know more and are able to do more.”
(Inspecting the curriculum, Ofsted, May 2019)
Use the buttons below to find out more about subjects and areas of the curriculum, plus linked opportunities for continuing professional development (CPD) across the Portsmouth Education Partnership.