With enormous thanks to everyone who has contributed, the spreadsheet below now shows the curriculum models for 40 different schools. I’m going to stop there.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fuZV6mg5BQLDnQ3xACDMqTuKbUKZGr5k9iYz56RpDvM/edit?usp=sharing
The collection includes the models for grammar schools, comprehensives, middle schools and international schools. No two are the same. There’s a mixture of 25, 30, 50 and 60 period cycles.
There are some definite trends:
A tendency towards having three option blocks – previously most schools would have had four. This reflects the need to teach each option subject in more time given the greater demands of each course.
There is a lot of time given to English, Maths and Science – although the exact amount of time varies quite a lot.
The threeyear GCSE programme is also on the rise compared to my last collection in 2014.
More analysis to follow in due course. Thanks again to everyone who found the time to add their model. Hopefully this will serve as a resource for curriculum and timetable planners still wrestling with their model.
UPDATE November 2017: Analysis by Tim MullenFurness
I’m hugely grateful to Tim for undertaking the huge task of analysing the data in the 40 models. It’s complicated because there are so many variables. In the spreadsheet linked below you can see the averages and type in the number of the model to compare each one with the averages and medians. Amazing stuff!
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10eeK15D7U3fI7N2w5BKXSGC9IyeGcFBo0VefvPXDJE/edit?usp=sharing
Some headlines:
Summary of Averages


% Overall  % at KS4.  
English  9.62%  15.86% 
Maths  9.36%  15.62% 
Science  10.27%  19.11% 
MFL  6.71%  10.27% 
Will apply mine. Moving next year to a three year KS4 model so any advice from those who have made the shift would be appreciated!
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Great. Look forward to seeing it. Thanks
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David Didau was telling me the other night that Christine Counsell at the Inspiration Trust was going for a four year KS3 (I think). That might be an intersting outlier.
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Pretty standard plan I think but loving the sharing by others, helps for future planning
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_yigAJ08nS_Zs1ErX5A7bpEPwTMglpEu13lj3PuHlgA/edit?usp=sharing
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Thanks. I’ve added it to the master spreadsheet.
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Your image really caught my attention. But after I read the blog I still wasn’t sure what I was looking at. Maybe since I am American I am used to something else? Out of curiosity, could you tell me how it works?
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You need to look at the spreadsheet via the link. Each tab shows a model of the school curriculum – the number of lessons per week or fortnight given to each subject.
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Having just moved to an international school in Spain and picked up timetabling, I thought I’d share mine. It’s interesting to see how the English ebacc hasn’t had an impact…
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Reblogged this on The Echo Chamber.
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Hi Tom. This is brilliant! You mention further analysis to follow…when might that be? Thanks
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Maybe over the Easter holidays. A work in progress.
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St Richard’s Catholic College curriculum models 20162017 and 20172018.
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this is really interesting, thankyou (my curriculum is in there somewhere!) What i also find interesting is how these models are then timetabled – how subjects are blocked together. For example, i have a literacy block and a numeracy block in Y7&8: literacy being English, humanities, PCSHE etc; numeracy being Maths, Science, Computing plus a couple of others. Literacy by tutor group/ numeracy in maths sets. BUT, it was hard to timetable. I would be interested to know what others are doing.
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Games, Latin, European Modern Languages. Not sure about SI.
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