Marching kids through an aged-based curriculum 

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It has become something of a truism in education that we should not seek to march students through an age-based curriculum. There is a wide range of ability within any year-group. As Geoff Masters notes in a recent piece for The Conversation, this could be anything up to six school years. So it seems obvious that we need to cater to these individual needs rather than deliver a standardised curriculum regardless. This reasoning has some merit although I do believe that many approaches to differentiation create significant practical problems.

Yet I also believe that there are positive arguments for exposing students of the same age to the same curriculum and I don’t think these are often aired.

1. Some concepts are not hierarchical and you gain coherence from studying the same things

Many areas of curriculum content do not necessarily build upon one another. There may be a…

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