Clare Sealy

How to build a primary curriculum

Ofsted is making curriculum a top priority in its inspections from next year – and the move has already proved controversial, with criticisms about potential ideological preferences and fears about workload. The move will also put a huge strain on primary schools in particular, argues primary headteacher Clare Sealey, but by following the research into what makes learning effective, excellent curriculum design is possible for all schools

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It’s official: your curriculum now matters. From 2019, Ofsted says, schools should be ready to account for the intent, implementation and impact of their curriculum. Her Majesty’s chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, has even gone as far as to say that “the vast, accumulated wealth of human knowledge, and what we choose to pass on to the next generation through teaching in our schools (the curriculum), must be at the heart of education”.

This should be good news for teachers. There is not a single person in a school who subscribed to the view that exam results were an adequate measure of what a ...

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