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Could a knowledge-rich curriculum work for colleges?

A knowledge-rich curriculum is popular in schools - could this approach be adapted for further education, asks Tom Starkey

Curriculum design, curriculum, GCSEs, Ebacc, Bernard Trafford, DfE

The Grapes of Wrath. Of Mice and Men. Nineteen Eighty-Four. As you ascend the staircase at Oldham College, the riser of each step is decorated with the spine of one of the great works of literature. A clearer symbol of the importance of core knowledge to the college’s philosophy is hard to imagine.

In recent years, the concept of a “knowledge-rich” curriculum has come to the forefront of secondary education. It includes an explicit list of knowledge that learners must cover; a focus on direct instruction; an emphasis on memory as an essential component of learning through intermittent ...

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