NC Conference Resources

Just to say a huge thanks for a great day - I particularly enjoyed your presentation. It made me realise why we do IPC!

Teacher from Wiltshire

Thank you for a great day! I love IPC and it's always good to see how other people do it and steal fab ideas!

Assistant Headteacher from Berkshire

I would like to thank you for the very enjoyable, informative and inspiring training session yesterday. Your knowledge and passion for the importance of children's learning and the way children learn best really shone through.

Deputy Headteacher from Birmingham


The IPC National Conferences were a great success! With over 300 of our member schools getting together to tackle the new National Curriculum, finding out more about the ways in which the IPC can support this and most importantly learning and connecting with each other.

Thank you to everyone who joined us, it was great to meet you, your positivity and enthusiasm is so exciting to see.  Keep in touch with us and each other, form networks, support and work together!

For member schools who weren’t able to join us we have provided resources from the five workshops, spreading the key messages and top tips below for you. 
Please click on the links to access further resources on the IPC Members’ Lounge (if you log in first these links will take you straight there!).


Click here for Important Messages!


Key Messages:



IPC Science and the new National Curriculum
- Jon Trotter, former Headteacher and current Science Practitioner

A great deal of work has gone on with the writers and leaders of the IPC to ensure that science coverage provides depth and rigour across all the mileposts. Many of the existing larger thematic units have been updated with science (alongside other subjects) and all of the 24 compact science units have now been released. These can be taught as stand-alone science projects (whilst following the expected structure of an IPC unit, with international and technology learning embedded within them) or used to enrich the science in the existing thematic units of work. Schools using the sample route plans are guaranteed both coverage and a good degree of overlap. Even those schools, and I include my own, which emphasize science can be reassured that science coverage be achieved but in a depth not hitherto attained. The challenge is not so much the change in coverage with the new Programmes of Study in the National Curriculum but the raised expectations of skills and knowledge. Do check the IPC website for updates and especially read the FAQs which accompany the cross reference documents and sample route plans. Remember that the NC science outcomes only need to be reached by the end of the relevant key stage, rather than in the specific year groups as set out in the NC document itself. This allows great degree of flexibility for schools in terms of age and stage appropriate learning. Great learning; happy learning!

Click here to access the PowerPoint presentation resource
(please log into your IPC Members' Lounge first – alternatively these can be found in the 'Documents' section)


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IPC and English in the new National Curriculum
- Jane Scuffam, English Subject Leader at Ryders Hayes School

The new National Curriculum for English was published last September, with some significant differences to the previous curriculum. The expectations for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils seem higher, with a strong emphasis on composition and transcription skills as well as a requirement to teach early reading through rigorous and robust synthetic phonics. Although speaking and listening does not appear as a separate strand it is nonetheless a significant feature which runs through other strands. Great importance is placed on the development of oral language; children should be, "competent in the arts of speaking and listening…"

The good news is that the IPC offers countless opportunities to teach these programmes of study, through cross curricular reading and writing, as well as the development of spoken language. Making links with IPC units and English lessons can increase engagement levels and allow children to see a real purpose to their reading and writing. As children's knowledge and understanding of a topic develops, so will their confidence and ability to participate in presentations, debates and discussions.
Some elements of English, such as spelling, grammar and punctuation may need to be taught discretely but why not use IPC texts as a vehicle? Linking key words and technical vocabulary from the units can make even spelling lessons fun!

Click here to access the PowerPoint presentation resource
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IPC History and the new National Curriculum
- Imogen Wallis, Classroom Practitioner at Hanford Hall Primary School
- Rory McGrath, Assistant Headteacher at Federation of Grazebrook and Shacklewell Primary Schools

Our advice to schools following history in the new National Curriculum would be the following:

  1. Add one of the new IPC history-focused units to your yearly planning to ensure full coverage of the new curriculum programmes of study - one per year group. This way, you can't go wrong!
  2. Remember the importance of chronology. Display timelines in class and add to them as you collect knowledge through the units.
  3. There is a wealth of historical material within the new units, and some of the existing units. The challenge is to select the parts which are best for your school/phase/class.

Click here to access the PowerPoint presentation resource
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IPC ICT & Computing and the new National Curriculum
Sophie Wood, Director at ICTeach

Top Tips for ICT & Computing

  • Don't worry about the language! An algorithm is a sequence of instructions for performing a specific task (for example making a jam sandwich) and de-bugging is the process by which algorithms are scrutinised to find glitches or mistakes that are stopping the program from working correctly (for example putting the jam on the outside of the bread!)
  • Remember to download Scratch 1.4 on the school computers before starting the Milepost 2 Unit Digital Gamers (same goes for any other software required for the new ICT and Computing units)
  • Practice making the Hungry Shark Game in Scratch before trying it with your class (a step by step PDF is available in the zip file when you download the unit)
  • Remember that the new National Curriculum for Computing is all about being creative so get busy making films, games, blogs, animations, podcasts and digital stories and presentations using a varied range of software and web resources
  • Teach your children to be responsible digital citizens and how to stay safe online!

Click here to access the PowerPoint presentation resource
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Planning an IPC unit of work
- Sarah Brown, Head of the IPC

Once schools have completed their long term planning (using our new sample route plans and cross referencing documents for the National Curriculum), I strongly advise teachers to get together to plan their next unit of work. Collaboration is key – giving teachers the time to develop the skill of planning, and ensuring they have taken all the practical and learning-focused elements of planning into account. For example, have they included personal and international learning? How are they tackling any challenges of timing and resourcing? Have they thought about the implications of whether the outcomes are knowledge, skills and understanding and what this means for their classroom strategies, assessment and reporting? One method that works really well is to take a unit of work and map it out on a large piece of flipchart paper. Here you can get an overview of the learning and start making important decisions about content, coverage, depth and breadth of learning and so on. Check out the accompanying slides for examples and advice with this. Most importantly, bring staff together to share their planning and ideas, so that everyone can celebrate the learning that is happening in school.

Click here to access the PowerPoint presentation resource
(please log into your IPC Members' Lounge first – alternatively these can be found in the 'Documents' section)

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I have an SLT meeting next Wednesday about the curriculum next year and would really like to take a lot of the suggested ways of working from yesterday's conference to ensure we are working deeper with the IPC.

Teacher from Lincolnshire

It was really exciting to see so many of our members schools come together for these events to share their enthusiasm for the IPC, as well as forging links for the future so they can continue in their great learning, great teaching, great fun!

Sarah Brown, Head of IPC

The personal goals are on full display throughout the conferences - communication, cooperation and enquiry all around! Great atmosphere for great learning

Clare Sutton, Head of Membership




  • The new IPC cross reference documents & sample route plans can be downloaded on the IPC Members' Lounge – in the 'Documents' section
  • Our sample route plans and cross reference documents are based on the NEW units we're releasing and the 50 or so existing units that we're UPDATING – these will all be available on line by the end of June.
  • Keep checking the IPC Curriculum Updates page for information about our current projects and progress reports
  • We have 4 NEW units left to release. These are:
    - Say cheese! (Milepost 1, ICT & Computing) - expected by end of June 
    - 3D Designers (Milepost 3, ICT & Computing) - expected by end of June
    - AD 900 (Milepost 3, History-focused unit) - expected by mid-June
    - Out of Africa (Milepost 3, Evolution and Inheritance) - expected by mid-June
    For progress on our NEW units of work click here
  • We have been UPDATING around 50 of our existing units of work. We are receiving these back from the designers at the moment and as soon as they have been checked we will be adding them to the Members' Lounge from now until the end of June - keep checking back to make sure you're using the latest versions. For information on which units we're updating, and in which subjects, click here