Kickstart your 5-year plan: Workshop

Kickstart your 5-year plan: Workshop


Special offer for 2+ teachers.

Follow our 3 steps to GCSE-proof your curriculum with Blueprint, a 5-year big ideas plan to maximise all students’ achievement and motivation. Our 1-day workshops will show you how to lick Year 7 into shape for September 2018. 

Do your students struggle to apply knowledge in GCSE exams? Do they forget most of what they learned earlier? And do find yourself teaching superficially in order to get through the GCSE syllabus?

Kickstart will help you solve these problems by improving your curriculum design. It’s time to move away teaching content as GCSE now demands more than basic knowledge - 60% of the marks are for ‘apply’ and ‘analyse’.

Kickstart will help you transition to a 5-year, big ideas approach. You will start the process of reshaping your curriculum into a progression of key concepts that leads students towards expert understanding. At the level of each unit, you will see how teaching towards clear objectives for apply and analyse can help weaker students improve by developing their cognitive abilities.

✔ 1 day highly practical, highly rated workshop
✔ Online course with video and webinars
✔ Kickstart Tools for switching to a big ideas curriculum for year 7
✔ Complete Mastery teaching materials for one year 7 concept

To make your job easier, we have created a 5-year big ideas curriculum framework. Blueprint is designed backwards from the new GCSE requirements, and developed with an Awarding Body. Our analysis shows there is enough curriculum time to teach concepts and skills in depth and still get through the content.  Blueprint does this by building a strong foundation to build on later. This reduces the need for re-teaching and makes it easier to learn the factual details.

Learn more about Blueprint

If you book, you will get the Kickstart Online Course free (normally £79). This enhances the workshop in two ways. First you'll get online learning before and after the day. Second you'll get the resources to put the principles into action - teaching and assessment materials  to pilot one Year 7 concept. 

The workshop is facilitated by Tony Sherborne and the Mastery Science team, who designed the KS3 Science Syllabus for AQA.

Download the workshop overview and agenda

Calendar of dates

Map of venues

Birmingham 20 June  Lordswood Girls School  Map

Brighton 12 July St Andrew's CofE High School  Map

Bristol 22 June St Bernadette Catholic School  Map 

Cambridge 28 June Impington Village College  Map

Cardiff 25 June Llanishen High School  Map

Hertfordshire (London NW) 2 July Watford Grammar School for Boys  Map  

Leeds 5 July Cockburn John Charles Academy Map

Liverpool 20 June The Observatory School  Map

London E 26 June Woodford County High School  Map

London SE 27 June Newstead Wood School  Map

London SW 28 June Lambeth Academy  Map

Manchester 22 June Walkden High School  Map

Milton Keynes 9 July Walton High School  Map

Newcastle 4 July Gosforth Central Middle School  Map

Norwich 5 July Reepham High School  Map

Nottingham 11 July  Nottingham Academy  Map

Sheffield 21 June Sheffield UTC OLP  Map

Slough 18 June Langley Academy  Map 

Southampton 20 June Chamberlayne College  Map  

Stoke 3 July Ormiston Horizon Academy  Map  


In this workshop you will work on your own curriculum, and implement the principles immediately to maximise your learning. Download the agenda.  

  • Transform your curriculum into a 5-year plan for becoming expert at GCSE
  • Evaluate weaknesses in your curriculum objectives, teaching and assessment
  • Use Kickstart Tools to adapt your year 7 units for September 2018
  • Plan how to reshape Y8-11 units
  • Try out our Complete Mastery materials

    If you booked before 18th May and chose 'book now pay later', you need to pay by 31st May to keep the early-bird discount. If we don't receive payment by 31st May you will be invoiced for the regular price.

    If you need to set us up as a supplier download the company details. This includes contact information and bank details. Contact us for further information.

    Want to bring a colleague? We encourage two or more teachers from one school to attend and have substantially reduced the cost. Select the number of teachers, and use the discount code at the end of the checkout process.

    Number of teachers Total price Saving Discount code
    £258 £140 bring2
    3 £327 £270 bring3
    4 £396 £400 bring4


    Please contact us if you want to book 5 or more teachers or you are from an academy chain booking teachers from different schools.

    Booking for someone else?  Please add a note to your order. Enter the name of the teacher who is going to attend. 


    Want to bring a colleague?  There is a substantial discount for 2 or more teachers. See discounts section.

    Want to change the venue? Once paid, you can transfer your booking to a different venue at no cost, if there are places available. Please contact us.

    Want to cancel?  You can cancel a booking by email until 28 days before the event and receive a full refund. After this, there will be an administration charge of £50. 

    What happens if the event is cancelled?  First, we will offer you an alternative venue/date. If this is not suitable for you, we will of course give you an immediate full refund.

    I attended your workshop and thought it was brilliant. Excellent resources to help ensure mastery of science. We have a lot of work to do!

    An extremely thought provoking course, for rethinking priorities in teaching science and the possibility of creating more 'space' in the curriculum.

    An inspiring day with so many ideas. I definitely plan to make a start and make changes.

    I really enjoyed this philosophy on education; really made me think. I will be changing the way I do things.

    Great concept ideas: I will be suggesting these to my HoD and using Big Ideas. Thanks for a very good learning experience.

    A really helpful course and lots of great ideas to start implementing.

    Very useful and relevant. Likely to make an immediate impact on planning for lessons.

    Fabulous day – I’ve got a lot from it. Lots of good ideas and discussions.

    Great to have topic/syllabus drawn up as I’ve been battling this in my own rewrite from scratch.

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