Don’t mistake knowledge for an enemy of creativity

Critics of a ‘knowledge curriculum’ claim it takes us back to Gradgrindian learning by rote – but, in fact, it liberates pupils to make connections, says Leora Cruddas

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I was very pleased to be invited to last month’s splendid Association of School and College Leaders’ conference. Most of the media attention was on workload, funding and accountability. But, for me, there was another area of discussion that was of the most interest: curriculum.

Although most mainstream journalists would have missed it, what we should teach and how was the subject of much conversation and debate – and that is to be welcomed.

I became, however, increasingly concerned about possible confusion arising over a knowledge-rich curriculum. More than once, this was conflated with a ...

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