Welcome to the Midland Knowledge Schools hub
Launch and Conference
Our official launch was on May 10th 2018 with The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, School Standards Minister launching the project. This was followed by our first conference on the 12th of May. Click here for a transcript of his speech.
THE MIDLAND KNOWLEDGE SCHOOLS HUB
The Midland Knowledge Schools Hub, based at Saint Martin's Catholic Academy is a network supporting schools and teachers who are trying to develop a Knowledge-rich Curriculum. Saint Martin's, inspired by schools some great schools and educational thinkers, has been developing a curriculum that has at its heart the ambition that pupils will encounter the 'best that has been thought and said'. We have been working with a number of schools and Multi-Academy Trusts across the midlands to support, train and offer CPD. The aim of the Hub will be to link like minded teachers and schools to help and develop this approach to education.
We are all the inheritors of the greatest ideas, writings and discoveries of the past. The Knowledge Curriculum is designed to enable pupils to learn about these ideas, creating an extraordinarily ambitious curriculum underpinned by expert teaching, effective memorisation, no excuses approaches to discipline and a driven academic ethos where all pupils can thrive.
The aim of the Hub, working with Parent and Teachers for Excellence @PTE_Campaign, is to offer advice, training and support for schools interested in developing this approach. Although the Hub is based at Saint Martin's, we link teachers and school leaders across the midlands, disseminating, sharing and supporting academies and colleagues.
For more information on the services of the Hub click here
Joe Kirby's Blog, Pragmatic Reform, is a brilliant one stop guide to some of the ideas that have been influencing schools like those involved in this movement - Click here.
Training & CPD
We offer CPD and training opportunities. Teachers are always welcome to visit Saint Martin's to see an example of how a Knowledge Curriculum can be developed.
Links & Social Media
Saint Martin's was previously a Leicestershire 11-14 High school which converted to become an 11-16 Academy in 2014 delivering GCSEs for the first time in 2016. Through the inspiration of other great schools that focus on this approach (Thank you Michaela and others!) we have been able to deliver great outcomes at GCSE in an extraordinarily short space of time.
Some interesting blogs
- Tom Sherrington 'What is a knowledge-rich curriculum? Principle and Practice' - https://teacherhead.com/2018/06/06/what-is-a-knowledge-rich-curriculum-principle-and-practice
- Summer Turner https://ragazzainglese.wordpress.com/2018/02/14/pub-quiz-or-published-what-are-the-aims-of-a-knowledge-rich-curriculum/
- Jon Brunskill I’m bringing knowledge back. | Pedfed which is worth reading along with his school’s website info on curriculum. Reach Academy Feltham |Approach to Curriculum Design
- Ben Newmark. Planning a knowledge curriculum.
- Rosalind Walker. My #rEDBrum talk: The Nature of School Science Knowledge
- Mark Enser: Knowledge in the classroom | Teaching it Real
- Rebecca Foster and Claire Hill: On our #rEDDurrington presentation: Practical approaches to bringing research-informed practice to the classroom, the department and whole school | The Learning Profession