Essential Curriculum Principles: Powerful Knowledge

‘Powerful Knowledge’ is a bit of a buzz word at the moment. Yet, there has been little work done to clarify its meaning in the school context, let alone how it works in a curriculum. In this post, I’ll try and explain why I think it is a core principle for curriculum development that can… Continue reading Essential Curriculum Principles: Powerful Knowledge

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Leading Change as a Subject Leader: Work-Life Balance and Curriculum Development

In my last post, I explained why I started my subject leader responsibilities with the development of curriculum in humanities. I tried to explain that great teaching, embedded in the research evidence, assumed a great curriculum. Therefore, developing ‘what will be taught’ carefully is a very important first step – and one that shouldn’t be… Continue reading Leading Change as a Subject Leader: Work-Life Balance and Curriculum Development

Leading Change as a Subject Leader: Improving curriculum for enduringly great teaching

When I first started out on my journey as a humanities subject leader, I reflected on where I should start. I was (and still am) privileged enough to work in a school with some highly experienced teachers. Two issues, though, were immediately apparent to me in my new role. First, despite the great teaching going… Continue reading Leading Change as a Subject Leader: Improving curriculum for enduringly great teaching

Curriculum as Narrative

Why we should approach curriculum as a narrative  “Talk the language of narrative; let curriculum do its work across time.”  Christine Counsell  What’s the best place to start when designing a school curriculum? How should we structure lesson content? Is there a way that we can interweave the knowledge, skills and dispositions that we want… Continue reading Curriculum as Narrative

Problematic approaches to School Curriculum – Part 1: The ‘syllabus’ model.

Just dubbing a curriculum as ‘knowledge-led’, making knowledge organisers and teaching in a particular way won’t improve attainment. Curriculum is far more nuanced and complex than that. I want to focus in on a way of beginning curriculum development (in certain subjects) that I think will lead to pupils remembering what they learn and understanding… Continue reading Problematic approaches to School Curriculum – Part 1: The ‘syllabus’ model.

Ofsted and the Curriculum: what you need to know

There has been a paradigm shift in curriculum thinking at Ofsted. It began on the 23rd of June 2017 at the Wellington Festival of Education. In a speech entitled ‘enriching the fabric of education’, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector Amanda Speilman delivered these words: “One of the areas I think we sometimes lose sight of is… Continue reading Ofsted and the Curriculum: what you need to know