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What might a knowledge-rich ‘humanities’ curriculum look like in the primary school?

Written by: Robbie Burns
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When curriculum is focused on knowledge that takes students beyond their everyday experience, it has the potential to contribute to an increase in social mobility and higher educational outcomes (Young et al., 2014). Acknowledging these claims, Ofsted’s new Inspection Framework (2019) is attempting to measure the intent and implementation of the curriculums of schools across the country, in the hope of forming a broader quality of education judgment. With this in mind, I discuss the basis and benefits of a subject-based approach to the humanities (which I narrowly define as history and geography). A starting point for curriculum intent: Substantive and disciplinary knowledge Phase 3 of Ofsted’s (2019) research on curriculum outlined some of the key findings of their statistical model. The 25 indicators of curriculum quality could all be linked to two main underpinning factors: ‘intent’ and ‘implementation’. The intent is concerned with the setting out of curricular aim

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