Episode 5: The Christmas Edition

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  • On December 13, 2018
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Say no to Gradgrind, and Yes to Scrooge and Creativity… One of the most frequently heard criticisms of a Knowledge-Rich curriculum is that it will turn all teachers into domineering lecturers, presiding over row after row of bowed heads, repeating sentence after sentence after sentence in an attempt to beat learning into reluctant young minds. […]
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Amethyst Academies Trust Knowledge Rich Conference

  • Posted by Paul Martin
  • On November 19, 2018
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On Friday 16th November the Amethyst Academies trust held it’s first conference speaking about our experiences moving to a Knowledge Rich Curriculum. We were joined by colleagues from across the West Midlands keen to find out more about our journey, how we approached problems and how we solved them along the way. Throughout the morning […]
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Episode 4: The Art and Craft of Building a Structure

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  • On November 8, 2018
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Wolverhampton, home of the Amethyst Trust, is hardly renowned for… well, for very much at all really. Year after year we Wulfrunians must suffer the fate of our beloved city being slated in articles which run down our culture, our environment, our facilities – even our accents! OK, so perhaps the Midlands canal system cannot […]
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Episode 3: Knowledge Books: The Magical Key

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  • On October 22, 2018
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We had the outline. We had the skeleton. We even had the will, and the intent. But still our curriculum hadn’t yet come alive… Thinking about the next steps in developing our Knowledge-Rich curriculum in the Amethyst Trust led me to thinking about another favourite tale of mine: The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian […]
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Episode 2 – The Curriculum of Dreams

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  • On October 15, 2018
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“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog”   So said Matilda in Roald Dahl’s brilliant book of the same name, the inspiration for generations of children up and down the country, including myself at their age. And a devil-may-care mantra was the one […]
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Episode 1 – Wary Plotter and the Prisoner of LessonPlan

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  • On October 8, 2018
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I think of deciding to make massive changes in our curriculum and teaching model as being like the moment that Harry Potter faces the brick wall in Kings Cross Station, knowing that he needs to run straight through it to reach Platform 9 and ¾ to something so much more exciting – so much more […]
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