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Working class students: How to achieve curriculum equality

In this four-article series, Matt Bromley considers how we can support working class students, whose outcomes are often much worse than their peers. In article three, he considers how we can achieve equality when delivering the curriculum

The classroom isn’t working for working class students. So, what can we do about it? Last time I suggested we embed four knowledge domains into our curriculum in order to give working class students access to the “secret knowledge” usually reserved for their more affluent, privileged peers.

But we also need to address the problems inherent in the curriculum – that of coverage and content – and the problems with our assessment system – that it privileges the privileged and fails the working classes.

We can do this by taking a three-step approach – what Andy Griffith and I, in our forthcoming book The Working Classroom, call the 3Es…

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