Can knowledge organisers boost students’ exam results?
When research lead Louise Lewis found students were overwhelmed with the amount of content squeezed into the curriculum, she wondered if knowledge organisers could be the answer. So, she conducted a ‘disciplined enquiry’ to discover if the approach could open the door to more effective revision
When two colleagues and I were given the task of redesigning a whole-school CPD package, we immediately knew the first question we should pose to middle leaders: “What are the biggest problems that we are all facing in light of the new curriculum?”
The new curriculum was a hot topic of departmental discussion, so this question seemed an obvious starting point.
What we didn’t expect was that all departments would unanimously come back to us with one answer: increased content volume. In most curriculum areas, the amount of information to be covered had hugely increased following the ...