Kickstart your 5-year plan: Workshop

Kickstart your 5-year plan: Workshop


Includes free online course & Year 7 materials

Early-bird price until 18th May

Do you need to improve your curriculum, or join KS3 and 4 into a 5-year plan? Arguably the most important change you can make is to reshape your curriculum around key concepts and scientific thinking skills  - the essential content that opens up higher grades at GCSE. Doing this gains you time to teach concepts in depth so that more students can succeed, and helps students remember the facts better by connecting them to bigger ideas.

How do you build a 5-year plan? And what changes to teaching and assessment are needed?

Kickstart your 5-year plan is designed to help you implement your own big ideas curriculum, based on the framework and principles we have developed (called Blueprint). It's a combination of a highly practical workshop aimed at KS3/4 teachers or heads of department, plus all the teaching and assessment materials for you 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. It will run at many locations around England during June and July 2018. 

Book now, pay later.

Get the early-bird price by registering your place at a workshop now. You can choose 'pay later' at checkout, or pay now. You can also cancel your booking, without charge, anytime until 28 days before the event (see below for booking details).

Birmingham: 20th June. Venue: Lordswood Girls School

Bournemouth: 19th June Venue: to be confirmed

Brighton: 12th July. Venue: St Andrew's CofE High School for Boys

Bristol: 22nd June. Venue: TBC

Cambridge: 28th June. Venue: Impington Village College

Cardiff: 25th June. Venue: TBC

Chelmsford: 29th June. Venue: to be confirmed

Exeter: 25th June. Venue: to be confirmed

Falmouth: 2nd July. Venue: to be confirmed

Hull: 6th July. Venue: to be confirmed

Ipswich. 5th July. Venue to be confirmed

Leeds: 5th July. Venue: Cockburn John Charles Academy

Leicester: 10th July. Venue: TBC

Liverpool: 20th June. Venue: The Observatory School

London - E: 26th June. Venue: TBC

London - NW: 2nd July. Watford Grammar School for Boys 

London - SW: 28th June. Venue: Lambeth Academy

London - SE: 27th June. Venue: Newstead Wood School

Maidstone: 3rd July. Venue to be confirmed

Manchester: 22nd June. Venue: Walkden High School

Milton Keynes: 9th July. Venue: TBC

Newcastle: 4th July. Venue to be confirmed

Norwich. 6th July. Venue to be confirmed

Nottingham: 11th July. Venue: TBC

Peterborough: 10th July. Venue to be confirmed

Plymouth: 28th June. Venue: to be confirmed

Sheffield, 21st June. Venue: to be confirmed

Slough: 18th June. Venue: Langley Academy

Southampton: 20th June. Venue: Chamberlayne college for the arts

Stoke, 3rd July. Venue: Ormiston Horizon Academy


  • How to restructure your curriculum to maximise understanding and minimise repetition
  • How to reshape units as a learning path towards mastering concepts & skills
  • How to adjust your teaching practice for each learning stage
  • How to embed formative and summative assessment

    1. Vision and obstacles (1 hour)

    • Two essential goals: GCSE results and skills for work-life skills

    • The mastery mindset: changing assumptions that limit achievement

      • From curriculum as content, to a training in expert thinking

      • From teaching the spec, to building concepts and big ideas

      • From assessing after teaching, to assessing before teaching

      • From memorising information, to solve problems with concepts

    2. Start reshaping your curriculum plan (1 hour)

    • Use Blueprint’s 5 principles to analyse your current curriculum, identify one or two areas of focus, and start reshaping your curriculum plan. Either follow Blueprint’s examples, or adapt them to your needs:

      1. Progression: Start with the big picture and organise key GCSE content into a 5-year routemap that build towards big ideas and skill mastery.

      2. Preparation: Adapt your unit objectives around the key concepts at three levels of understanding: acquire (AO1), apply (AO2) and analyse (AO3)

      3. Problems: Reframe learning objectives around problems – challenging learning tasks – to ensure students can use their knowledge

      4. Priorities: Divide the unit teaching plan to focus on building high priority knowledge – concepts and skills

      5. Pedagogy: Embed formative assessment strategies such as pre-assessment with ‘prior concepts’ and diagnostics to check if students have mastered Acquire and Apply, allowing time for further learning or Analyse.

    3. Practice new teaching and assessment habits (2 hours)

    • Choose a sample biology concept (Feeding relationships) or physics concept (Weight), and practise the 4 innovative aspects of the Blueprint approach:

      • Adjust: pre-assess and use diagnostic questions to adapt teaching, with reviews, intervention or enrichment

      • Acquire: help learners construct concepts and avoid misconceptions, through a micro-enquiry approach

      • Apply: teach so that students can generalise their understanding, by immediately applying knowledge

      • Analyse: model strategies that help learners with higher order thinking, such as the ‘3 -step approach to problem solving’

    4. Plan and discuss implementation ( 1 hour)

    • Plan the follow-up in school:

      • Pilot feedback: for schools who already started the pilot, feedback and lessons learned

      • Pilot planning: for schools who have not started, getting ready to teach 1 Year 7 concept using Blueprint

      • Evaluation of the pilot

    Payment can be made anytime until 28 days before the event, by choosing 'pay later' at checkout. You can pay  by credit card, or by invoice/cheque. Bookings can also be cancelled without charge until 28 days before the event. After this time, there will be an administration charge of £50. 

    If for any reason the event is cancelled, a full refund will be given. 

    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.