Kicking off our three-part series on reconsidering the school curriculum, Janet Lawley looks at knowledge and how we acquire it. She argues that gaining knowledge to become a specialist is no longer enough – we need our children to be able to become specialists and at the same time have a wider perspective beyond specialisms in order to gain expertise.

Knowledge on its own is not enough as a basis for the curriculum.

There is also an inherent problem with knowledge and that is: what should be included in the curriculum – what is it we want our children to know?

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So, what knowledge should we be developing in our children?