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

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

About this INSET

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.


  • 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 


This INSET is suitable for all schools.

  • Headteachers and other SLT
  • Subject leaders
  • EYFS, Primary and Secondary

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