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School-wide programme

When planning their school-wide programme and identifying priorities and targets for their students' achievement, schools will need to schedule opportunities for all teachers who work with this curriculum to collaborate. In primary schools, this will mean that teachers plan with other teachers whose programmes link in with theirs. In secondary schools and many intermediate schools, it will mean that teachers focusing on different key areas of learning meet to plan broad aspects of the school's programmes together.

When teachers work collaboratively, they can:

  • develop a shared understanding of the philosophy and concepts of the curriculum;
  • get clear information about their students' previous learning, and plan for continuity of learning;
  • gather and analyse information about students' achievement across cohorts, and plan to address disparities or needs;
  • set targets for students' learning outcomes in relation to particular cohorts and school priorities;
  • find out which parts of the curriculum have been or will be implemented or reinforced through other teachers' programmes, and so ensure that curriculum requirements are met without students repeating learning unnecessarily;
  • identify and meet more of their students' needs than they could alone and reduce their workloads by sharing unit planning;
  • identify the key areas of learning that they will focus on when planning learning opportunities (balancing the time spent in different key areas of learning in relation to the curriculum and the identified needs of students);
  • make links between their programmes and take a holistic approach to teaching in this curriculum, making use of individual and combined strengths to include a wider variety of ideas in their programmes and to offer students a broader range of contexts for learning;
  • identify their individual and group needs for professional development;
  • access a greater range of resources and jointly decide on the priority for acquiring new resource materials.