Why mastery of our woolly buzzwords makes sense

The opaque language of the curriculum can mean different things to different schools – it’s important to ensure that your teachers, at least, know what they’re talking about

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Sometimes what can seem like a fairly simple task actually turns out to be quite taxing. A case in point: ensuring that everyone understands and can talk about the curriculum. We use it every day – it should be easy. But it’s not.

Take the word “skills” – this can be interpreted in lots of ways, from “transferable skills” right through to “subject-specific skills”. Other such woolly buzzwords include “enrichment”, “theme-based approaches” and “broad and balanced”.

I mean, I can’t imagine many schools saying that they don’t want to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum to their children, but ...

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