Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

How to Walk the Skills V Knowledge Tightrope

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

How to Walk the Skills V Knowledge Tightrope

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Curriculum development involves a careful balancing act, not least between knowledge and skills. It was interesting, then, to read Tom Bennett's article "I know therefore I can" (Feature, 10 January) and discover his take on this debate at a time when the new curriculum requirements are pushing their way to the forefront of most school leaders' minds. In line with his stance, I feel it is misguided to suggest that there is a tension between skills and knowledge and their place within the curriculum.

Having worked with many schools on designing curricula, both in the UK and internationally, I have observed an almost universal desire to provide a "broad and balanced curriculum". Schools seek to ensure both rigour and flexibility, to fuse prescribed content with creativity and to carefully balance the teaching of skills alongside concepts. …

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