Cooking up the Curriculum

I enjoy baking. I especially enjoy baking bread. Baking sourdough bread is best of all. There is something magical about taking flour and water and seeing it come to life. There is also something almost mystical about saving some of the dough from the loaf you are making to start off the dough of the…

Curriculum: From Hodge-Podge to Coherence

One of the joys of the education landscape in 2018 has been the move from endless discussions about how to teach towards a renewed focus on what we teach. On curriculum. Recent writing  At ResearchEd ’18 I was fortunate enough to listen to Christine Counsell speak about curriculum and the questions we should ask of…

Preparing to slay the dragon

In my younger days I was obsessed with all things Dungeons and Dragons. From the ages of 10 – 20 I spent my time reading about it, talking about it, writing about it and when time allowed, actually playing it. For the uninitiated (to see if you are initiated, roll a d6. If you get…

Curriculum Design (Part 1)

One of the first steps of curriculum design in geography is considering the relationship between thematic and regional geography. This is discussed in Alex Standish’s chapter in Debates in Geography Education (2nd Edition) edited by Mark Jones and David Lambeth. It has influenced by thinking when planning our curriculum at KS3 and beyond. What is…

(Not so) Splendid Isolation

Don’t want to wake up with no one beside me Don’t want to take up with nobody new Don’t want nobody coming by without calling first Don’t want nothing to do with you I’m putting tinfoil up on the windows Lying down in the dark to dream I don’t want to see their faces I…

9 pillars of an outstanding department

I am currently enjoying the book Self Improving Schools produced by the NET. One chapter in particular is sparking ideas; that by Rachel Macfarlane on Creating Great Schools. In it she discusses the work of the Going for Great project in London and the 9 Pillars of Greatness that this led to. These 9 pillars…