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You’re the expert, so make the most of it

The most effective teachers have ‘deep’ subject knowledge, research has shown. But how do you put that proficiency to best use in your classroom practice? Megan Mansworth finds out

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Here’s a question for you: what does teacher subject knowledge have to do with raising pupils’ “cultural capital”? Quite a lot, according to my own research.

All teachers at my school conduct empirical research each year as part of our performance management. Last year, I discovered that, by using high-level subject knowledge to move beyond a scheme of work at critical points, I was able to level the playing field for disadvantaged students who have less access to “cultural capital” (Pierre Bourdieu’s term for the educational and cultural advantages of a middle-class upbringing) at home.

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