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Is this presumed knowledge which I see before me?

Consistency in teaching and curriculum throughout secondary ensures that students’ earlier learning supports their later achievement, Josie Stacks argues. She explains how emphasising key concepts in English can aid comprehension of complex texts, from Macbeth to The Communist Manifesto

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It all started when I was planning a lesson for Year 10. I wanted to tackle the question of whether Lady Macbeth embodied transgression or conformity. But I was stuck. How could I teach transgression when students didn’t have a secure understanding of Jacobean expectations of women? How could I teach Jacobean expectations of women when students didn’t have a secure understanding of original sin or Malleus Maleficarum?

It niggled away at me, and then something else happened: while making a Year 7 knowledge organiser (a one-page overview of key information for a topic) for The Boy in the Striped ...

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