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Teachers collaborating on the curriculum

It is teachers who deliver the curriculum, so curriculum design and implementation through collaboration is a clear way to improve teaching and learning quality, says Richard Jackson


Whose curriculum is it anyway? Policy-makers, senior leaders, subject leaders, teachers? The answer might differ depending on your experience of curriculum design and context.

In this article, I would like to offer reflections and suggestions on how school leaders can design and implement a coherent curriculum in a collaborative way, exploring curriculum design and implementation through five questions: why, what, when, how and – critically – who?

Below, through looking at each of the first four of these questions, I want to consider the crucial role of the fifth – the who – and why without a shared intention sustained progress in this area will not be realised.

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