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There are lots of bizarre curriculum terms flying around. Get up to speed on what they mean.

Here are some common curriculum terms you might come across. If your senior leaders ever use a term you're not clear on, ask them to explain it to you.

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A framework which sets out:

  • What’s going to be taught
  • How it'll be taught
  • How pupils' knowledge and understanding will be evaluated as a result

A framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and understanding to be gained at each stage (intent) … translating that framework over time into a structure and narrative, within an institutional context (implementation) … [and] evaluating what knowledge and understanding pupils have