Examines the nature of a broad-ranging and worthwhile curriculum, and presents case studies that exemplify how it can be provided for, managed and effectively delivered.
A significant number of primary schools believe that their fate and reputation are dependent on data-driven inspections that take little account of the totality of the education they provide – and who could blame them? Because of this, many schools sacrifice an emphasis on the broad curriculum, especially in Years 5 and 6, in the interests of a more narrow focus on English and maths.
In Reclaiming the Curriculum Bill Laar and Jackie Holderness redress the balance and present a cornucopia of case-study examples from schools who are bucking this trend by providing their pupils with specialist content that transcends the core curriculum. The book features a diverse variety of school initiatives – ranging from computer programming classes to school-wide renewable projects – and paints a vivid picture of how the provision of such enriching activities can be made compatible with the school’s educational programme.