Richard Steward

Plot your lessons like they’re Game of Thrones

In a golden age of epic television drama, it’s clear that careful narrative structuring is a powerful engagement tool, but too often, curricula lack an overarching storyline to get students gripped. Richard Steward urges teachers to hit the box sets

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Since taking over as chief inspector, Amanda Spielman has spent much of her time focusing, quite rightly, on the shape and nature of the curriculum. Whether Ofsted can exert much influence here remains to be seen, especially since it is the Department for Education’s accountability structure, not the inspection framework, that has the curriculum in a headlock. While schools focus on outcomes, it is inevitable that their attention will be drawn to the destination, not the journey.

On the other hand, the removal of levels presents us with a golden opportunity to look again at the curriculum and ...

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