Curriculum Series Number One: Curriculum Chaos

A striking conclusion that we have drawn from the findings is that, despite the fact that the curriculum is what is taught, there is little debate or reflection about it… there is a lack of clarity around the language of the curriculum. It is certainly possible that this ambiguity and lack of shared understanding expose … More Curriculum Series Number One: Curriculum Chaos

Spielman’s OFSTED Game Changer: The Importance of the Curriculum.

Perhaps I had a bit of sunstroke but it seemed to me that what the new OFSTED supremo, Amanda Spielman had to say was a ‘game’ changer. In her gloriously uplifting speech at the, equally gloriously uplifting, Wellington Festival of Education she said that: One of the areas that I think we sometimes lose sight … More Spielman’s OFSTED Game Changer: The Importance of the Curriculum.

Assessment and the Arts

  The anti-Ken Robinson Robinson talks about cognitive dualism, the need for the subjective and the problems that creates for schools in a high stakes assessment and accountability system. If the arts are subjective how can they be measured fairly? If they are assessed more objectively can they be considered to be worthwhile subjects of study?  

Confine Post-truth Education into the Dustbin of History

Two arguments have been prevalent in education discourse for a number of years: one, that the content of the curriculum is just a reflection of power relations and two, that all truth is relative. The arguments are often expressed as questions: ‘whose truth?’ And ‘whose knowledge?’ These ideas are then used to back up the idea that the curriculum should be personalised … More Confine Post-truth Education into the Dustbin of History