A subject-led school system: my move to Inspiration Trust

Clio et cetera

One of the regular themes I return to in this blog is that far more should be done at the subject level in schools. School senior leaders have a vital role to play in providing a good environment in which teachers can prosper and, at their very best, strong school leaders see their role as senior curriculum leaders. But my argument has always been that schools, and the wider system, should be subject-led, for it is teaching these that is a school’s principal purpose.

But whilst my views on a number of things have changed over time, one belief that has not changed is that the lion’s share of the work done in our schooling system should take place at the subject level. Curriculum development should focus not on generic skills and competences, but rather on how the peculiar knowledge base and structures of the different disciplines become…

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