Curriculum: scrutinise the evidence before you change tack

If you want to take your school’s curriculum in a new direction, first check that the research supports your ideas – and that teachers are trained to implement them, says Alex Quigley

Scrutinise the evidence before you change tack

After being nudged by Ofsted, school leaders in England are paying more attention to the curriculum than ever before. And in their search for guidance, new certainties have quickly emerged, along with cottage industries proclaiming truths about curriculum development.

Based on this, heads could be forgiven for thinking that if their curriculum isn’t knowledge-rich and underpinned by retrieval practice, spacing and interleaving, they are getting it all wrong. But do we have good evidence for these principles of curriculum or, in fact, any other models? Or are we riding a wave of optimistic ...

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