The Concentric Curriculum is a primary curriculum design solution that is the brainchild of experienced educators Anna Gregory and Sarah Barton. The directors have a combined 35+ years’ experience of teaching, leading and consultancy, and it is this that provided the foundation for the business.
The company is in its early stages of growth but has already been adopted by a large number of primary schools in England. The directors believe that this is testament to the product’s innovative design and are ambitious about its future in an ever-changing educational landscape, both nationally and internationally.
“As educators ourselves, we were passionate about creating something that empowered stakeholders at every level. Education is a hugely rewarding but incredibly demanding sector and we have to make the job as manageable as possible,” explains Anna Gregory, co-founder and director of the company.
She continues: “The Concentric Curriculum is a curriculum design solution for the primary sector.
“Through sequenced and standardised objectives across all subjects, knowledge, skills and understanding are deliberately mapped to ensure cumulative fluency across the primary experience.
“The feedback from school leaders is that it allows for a sequenced approach across a broad and balanced curriculum.”
We firmly believe that The Concentric Curriculum is a game-changer for the primary sector
Sarah Barton, co-founder and director, adds that flexibility is key to any successful curriculum design, with schools being able to use the core product to underpin a number of implementation opportunities.
She says: “We understand that every school’s context is different, so the model had to reflect that. Schools use the core materials as a starting point then select the implementation opportunity that best suits their needs, be that a subject-specific or thematic approach.
“In addition, a large number of schools choose to use our curriculum toolkit to design their own bespoke, context-specific curriculum.”
How is learning delivered?
Once schools have invested in The Concentric Curriculum design, they then have three implementation opportunities from which to select:
• Subject-specific mini-missions, mapped across an academic year, that encompass a small number of curriculum areas over two to four weeks
• Connected, thematic approach, mapped across an academic year, which includes a broader range of curriculum areas over approximately six weeks
• Toolkit to support leaders in the mapping of their bespoke, context-specific curriculum
Many schools choose to use The Concentric Curriculum to create their own bespoke, context-specific curriculum model. Using the core materials as a guide, leaders and teachers take ownership of the design process, making the appropriate key decisions based on their individual school. This process is supported by some key documents.
Recent exposure at London’s BETT show has resulted in a surge of interest in the company and its product, and the directors are excited about the future.
“As thought-leaders in this area, we firmly believe that The Concentric Curriculum is a game-changer for the primary sector and we cannot wait to expand our business, both here and abroad. At every stage in this process, we have kept children at the front of our minds and are passionate about teachers and leaders delivering exceptional and ambitious learning opportunities to all.”