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New Perspectives... on curriculum design


This course is intended to help teachers in primary schools address the curriculum implications of the new Primary Strategy, set out in 'Excellence and Enjoyment'. In particular, it provides advice on how breadth, balance and creativity can be planned for, given current national and local contexts, without losing rigour and an emphasis on raising standards. The course is strongly based on children's learning needs and styles and can be run in conjunction with elements of 'New Perspectives on child development and learning styles'.


This course is designed for headteachers, teachers and other staff in one primary school, or group of small schools. The practical emphasis is reflected in the self-evaluation of the school's current curricular provision and discussion of how the educational experience of the children can be enhanced. Advice to heads and senior managers in how to monitor and support a broader, more integrated curriculum is part of the course, but can be given a higher profile depending on the school's needs.


The course can be run either as a training day or a set of two or three staff meetings. Where there are separate sessions, additional benefit can be gained by the reflection and conversation which occurs, and is encouraged, between sessions. A conversation with the head, senior member of staff or course leader will be necessary, in advance, to determine the current level of knowledge and experience of potential participants and to establish the specific objectives to be met.


Participants will:

  • engage in evaluation of the strengths and limitations of the current curricular approach within their own school;
  • gain a greater awareness of the implications of 'Excellence and Enjoyment' for breadth, balance and creativity;
  • be helped to reflect on the implications for their own practice and that of their school in providing a broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum; and
  • consider the practical implications in terms of approaches to timetabling and planning.

This course can be linked to the development of a school's learning and teaching policy and/or self-evaluation. As with all 'New Perspectives ...' courses, it is hoped that participants will come to see their teaching in fresh and innovative ways, building on and enhancing their professional knowledge and providing new energy and motivation.

To discuss this course, or others offered by 'New Perspectives...', and how they can be most useful in your own context, please feel free to contact Dr Tony Eaude, 6 Long Wall, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 4PG on 01865 711135 (phone/fax) or

Identity, Culture and Belonging: Educating Young Children for a Changing World is due to be published by Bloomsbury Academic in February 2020. Details of how to order are on the Bloomsbury website.

Developing the expertise of primary and elementary classroom teachers -professional learning for a changing world was published by Bloomsbury Academic in January 2018. A paperback version was published in July 2019. Details of how to order are on the Bloomsbury website.

New Perspectives on Young Children’s Moral Education
-Developing Character through a Virtue Ethics Approach
was published by Bloomsbury in December 2015. Details of how to order are on the Bloomsbury website.

How do expert primary classroom teachers really work? - a guide for teachers, headteachers and teacher educators was published in 2012. For further details, see the publications section of this website or contact
Details of how to order are on the Critical Publishing website.
Download flyer (pdf, 3.3MB).

Thinking Through Pedagogy for Primary and Early Years was published in January 2011. For further details see Thinking Through Pedagogy for Primary and Early Years.

Thinking Through Pedagogy: Primary and Early Years by Tony Eaude

Children's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development by Tony Eaude (second edition, 2008)

Enhancing Achievement for Young Bilingual Learners
Download flyer (pdf, 410K) by Tony Eaude, published in March 2007

For more details on how to order these, please contact