Our EHU ambitious curriculum exceeds the full entitlement described in the ITT Core Content Framework as a baseline and is designed around the three faculty pillars of:
- Personal and professional attitudes, values and beliefs.
- Subject and curriculum knowledge.
- The craft of teaching and pedagogy.
These faculty pillars are informed by our philosophy of education, created, and enhanced further when our partnership and our students are engaged in an ethos of debate, research and educational curiosity based on reflection and professional enquiry.
This ambitious ITE curriculum includes our values of social justice, inclusion, learning outside the classroom and sustainability as key features to support our local and national communities.
Primary Early Years (3-7) vision
Working creatively with others to enhance life chances for all through a curriculum which enables trainees to develop strong subject knowledge in the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum and have the professional skills to lead early years learning and teaching, inextricably linked to the individual needs and interests of young children.
Primary (5-11) vision
Working creatively with others to enhance life chances for all through a curriculum which enables trainees to develop strong subject knowledge in the National Curriculum subjects and have the professional knowledge and skills needed to succeed as teachers, with a commitment to inclusion and making learning interactive and memorable for children.
Secondary (11-16) vision
We seek to work creatively with others to enhance life chances for all through a curriculum which enables trainees to develop as subject experts in the subject in which they are training to teach.
Further Education and Training (PGDE Post-14 education) vision
We seek to work creatively with others to enhance life chances for all through a curriculum which enables trainees to develop as subject experts in the subject in which they are training to teach. Our students benefit from courses that emphasise not just high-quality pedagogy and andragogy, but prepare them for a career in the sector by looking at quality management and leadership.
The Edge Hill ITE Curriculum and the Core Content Framework
All ITE curricula at Edge Hill is underpinned by the Core Content Framework. The following information provides an overview to help you support trainees during their placement.
What is the Core Content Framework?
Programmes that aligned to the initial teacher training core content framework were first delivered from September 2020. The framework was introduced in response to the Carter review. One of the report’s recommendations was:
We believe ITT course content should have a relentless focus on pupil outcomes (including pupil progress, achievement and well-being) and should be delivered purposefully towards this overarching goal.
Early Career Framework
The ITT core content framework aligns with the Early Career Framework (ECF) to establish an entitlement to a 3 or more-year structured package of support for all new teachers at the start of their careers (one year via the ITT core content framework and a further two years via the ECF).
How the CCF is embedded in EHU curriculum
The ITT Core Content Framework does not set out the full ITT curriculum for trainee teachers. The complexity of the process for becoming a teacher cannot be overestimated and it remains for individual providers to design curricula appropriate for the subject, phase and age range that the trainees will be teaching.
In designing the curricula, Edge Hill University carefully craft the experiences and activities detailed in the ITT Core Content Framework into a coherent sequence that supports trainees to succeed in the classroom. EHU encompass the full entitlement described in the ITT Core Content Framework, as well as integrating additional analysis and critique of theory, research and expert practice.
The CCF sections
- High Expectations (HE)
- How Pupils Learn (HPL)
- Subject & Curriculum (SC)
- Classroom Practice (CP)
- Adaptive Teaching (AT)
- Assessment (A)
- Managing Behaviour (MB)
- Professional Behaviours (PB)
The DfE ITT CCF
Each section of the CCF contains a series of ‘learn that’ and ‘learn how to’ statements or principles which guide our curriculum design however, this is not an assessment framework and should not be used as such. Trainees should be fully aware of these principles and be familiar with the language adopted, rather than being encouraged to refer to competencies such as the Teachers’ Standards.
While the ITT Core Content Framework is presented around the Teachers’ Standards for clarity, the ITT Core Content Framework is not, and should not be used, as an assessment framework.
Trainee teachers will not be expected to collect evidence against the ITT Core Content Framework, and they will continue to be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards only. QTS will continue to be awarded at the end of Initial Teacher Training against the Teachers’ Standards.