Senior leaders and the school curriculum

Clio et cetera

School senior leaders, I would argue, ought to be taking a keen interest in the detail of the school curriculum, not least because that curriculum helps to define what the school is aiming to achieve in educating its children. My experience in the past, however, has been that school senior leaders tend to focus more on the process of teaching (pedagogy) and the grades children get (assessment) than on the nature of the curriculum being provided. In this post I want to set out a few questions that I would expect a senior leader to be asking of teachers in a school, and I would be interested in knowing how many senior leaders do actually ask questions about the curriculum in the detail I set out below.

(1) “What are you teaching at the moment?”

As a classroom teacher I was very rarely asked this by a senior leader. On…

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