• Knowledge is power – we must teach it to our children

    Giving pupils access to the best that has been thought and said will ensure every child has the same advantages as the educated elite, says Rachel de Souza Five years ago, in the midst of turning around some of our high schools, I took some of our principals on a trip. Using money from some

    5.00 Mar. 16th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Meet the new masters of the curriculum

    Academy trusts are leading the way with curriculum development, but it comes at a price. Here, Schools Week looks at what’s being done, whether it’s working and whether the results should be free When Ark announced it was developing Ark Curriculum Plus, a new curriculum to cover “all the major subjects, including music, science and geography”,

    7.00 Mar. 10th, 2019 | News

  • How well do you know your school's curriculum?

    Too many schools (and their leaders) know more about pupils’ scores than what they’ve actually learned about, says Tom Sherrington More schools seem to be undertaking some form of curriculum review, which is encouraging. In primary schools this is often around the foundation subjects; in secondary schools it’s mainly about key stage 3. No doubt

    5.00 Mar. 3rd, 2019 | Opinion

  • Ark Schools moves into the curriculum market

    Ark Schools is developing a school curriculum programme covering “all the major subjects” that it plans to sell to other schools. The trust’s accounts say Ark Curriculum Plus will build on the success of Ark’s Mathematics Mastery and English Mastery curricula, which are used by hundreds of schools around the country. The move into the

    7.00 Feb. 2nd, 2019 | News

  • Schools shut out from DfE music curriculum panel

    The government has come under fire for choosing just three serving school leaders for its 14-strong panel that will develop its new “model” music curriculum. Nick Gibb, the schools minister, announced the panel members on Friday, saying that they would develop a non-compulsory “sequenced and structured template” in music for key stages 1, 2 and

    5.00 Jan. 19th, 2019 | News

  • Inspiration Trust hikes top-slice from school budgets to cover curriculum team costs

    A high-profile academy trust has nearly doubled the amount it top-slices from its secondary schools’ budgets to fund an ambitious curriculum overhaul. Schools Week reported last year how the Inspiration Trust had appointed eight subject specialists – described as “some of the country’s leading educational thinkers” – to develop its own “knowledge-led” curriculum. The trust

    18.30 Jan. 3rd, 2019 | News

  • Nearly half of primaries score poorly on curriculum quality, new Ofsted study shows

    Nearly half of all primary schools scored poorly in Ofsted’s latest curriculum study – with an apparent focus on English and maths sidelining foundation subjects. For instance, seven of the 33 primaries schools visited by the inspectorate under phase 3 of its curriculum study, published today, had a “complete absence” of curriculum design in humanities.

    10.09 Dec. 11th, 2018 | News

  • DfE to shell out £10m for 200 ‘external experts’

    The Department for Education will spend £10 million on 200 “external experts” to advise it on policy areas including safeguarding, free schools and the curriculum. A tender document published this week reveals that the department is searching for organisations to run a “register of external experts” made up of “individuals who have expertise and experience

    5.00 Nov. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • Michael Merrick, Deputy head, St Cuthbert's Catholic Community School

    Eight years ago, Michael Merrick and his wife moved from St Andrews, where he was partway through a PhD and the family were eating “beans on toast” every night, to Carlisle, where he took up a teaching job in a local Catholic secondary school. They’ve lived in the town ever since, and he’s now deputy

    5.00 Jul. 17th, 2018 | Features

  • A solid primary curriculum is essential for GCSE success - but what does that look like?

    The expanded GCSEs may seem tough, but once pupils have been through the new primary curriculum, they will be much more accessible, writes Tim Oates We have new, demanding GCSEs at 16. Combined with all the other stresses in the system, it’s clear that our schools are feeling the pressure. However, I’m confident that, supported

    5.00 Dec. 11th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Ofsted is right about the knowledge-rich curriculum

    The inspectorate doesn’t always get things right, says Mark Lehain, but its latest review is important Ofsted gets a lot of hate from teachers. It’s just so easy to blame it, and wish it wasn’t there, especially when school leaders cry “it’s what Ofsted wants” when introducing a new initiative. (Spoiler alert: it isn’t.) While I

    17.08 Oct. 11th, 2017 | Opinion