Covid recovery: A broad curriculum for all

Schools must heed the government’s call to teach an ‘ambitious and broad curriculum’ from September. We cannot constrict our focus to core subjects or knowledge, says Deborah Lawson

More than 70 school days have been lost to coronavirus – almost 40 per cent of the academic year – and as we return, en masse, to our schools and colleges in September, there will be a great deal to do to support students, to help them to make sense of it all, and to return them to a world of learning.

But should we try to catch up? Is it even possible? And who will it benefit most?

According to government guidance for full opening (DfE, 2020), schools should “teach an ambitious and broad curriculum in all subjects” and “prioritisation within subjects of the most important components for progression is likely to be more effective than removing subjects”

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