School Improvement & Development Conference 2023: Book your early-bird place

Composites and Components: Designing and Delivering a Knowledge-rich Curriculum

Curriculum design is at the heart of the 2019 Ofsted Framework, and knowledge is at the centre of that. This course explores Ofsted’s “in-house” model for examining curriculum progression, and how it can be used to support effective and engaging learning.

  • Understand the Ofsted concept of composite and component knowledge
  • Help your staff make clearer links to prior knowledge
  • Create a more explicit progression in knowledge and skills
1 hour
£99 + VAT
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About this course

There are many models for curriculum planning and design, but the one Ofsted uses “in-house” draws on the idea of “composite” and “component” knowledge. This training explores what that means, and how it can be used to improve teaching and learning in any subject.

Course objectives:

  • Understand what composite and component knowledge is and how identifying it can support both curriculum planning (intent) and curriculum delivery (pedagogy). 
  • Explore how Ofsted may unpick Composite and Component knowledge when inspecting your curriculum, under the Quality of Education judgement
  • Improve understanding of important concepts related to curriculum design, such as knowledge progression, disciplinary knowledge and sequencing of concepts
  • Help your staff make clearer links to prior knowledge, as part of a clear curriculum rationale 


  • Headteachers, SLT and subject leaders
  • EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

If there are no livestream dates currently planned, please contact us on 01206 625 626 or email us at and we will work with you to find a suitable date.

How to access this course

This course is easy-to-access in any of the below formats...

  • Face-to-face at COVID-secure venues across England on the dates below. Please click here to see our COVID-19 update.
  • Via livestream on the dates below - accessible from home, from your school, or anywhere with an interconnected device.
  • School-wide license, for every member of staff in your school to watch for a period of 30 days. Please contact us to purchase your school-wide license for this course.
  • An INSET or after-school twilight at your school, tailored to your requirements. Contact us for your personalised quote.

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This course as an INSET Day

Our in-service training provides exciting and dynamic ways to inspire, challenge and develop your staff, whether they are Teaching Assistants, Teachers or Senior Leadership.

Your first point of contact would be with our Head Office team, who will identify your needs and priorities and ensure that the accompanying training materials we provide are of the very best quality.

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