What makes a successful knowledge-rich curriculum?
The DfE says that, taught well, a knowledge-rich curriculum:
- Focuses on the essential building blocks of knowledge required on the path from novice to expert (rather than how to ‘think like an expert’)
- Teaches pupils about the struggles and achievements of people from all races through learning the arc of history
- Is diverse and inclusive
- Provides pupils with knowledge and facts so they can challenge opinions and form their own
Ofsted describes a knowledge-led approach as pupils mastering subject-specific knowledge and becoming 'fluent' in that knowledge. They then develop skills as an outcome of the curriculum.