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What Even Is A Curriculum Driver?

What Even Is A Curriculum Driver? Aidan Severs Consulting

Let's keep this short and sweet.


What is a curriculum driver?


A curriculum driver is a principle that guides the development and delivery of that which is to be learned by the children.


'Principle': a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behaviour or for a chain of reasoning'


Curriculum drivers can also be thought of as foundations - that which we build the whole curriculum on.


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What Even Is A Curriculum Driver? - Aidan Severs Consulting Education Consultant


So, what are your fundamental, foundational truths? What is it that you want children to leave your care with? What do you want your curriculum to do for your pupils?


For example, you might want children to have certain characteristics:


  • Critical Thinkers - critcial thinking becomes a driver

  • Lifelong Learners - instilling a passion for continuous learning and curiosity becomes a driver

  • Empathetic - empathy becomes a driver

  • Effective Communicators - communication becomes a driver

  • Collaborative, Responsible Citizens, Innovative Thinkers, Resilient, Ethical, Globally Aware... the list could go on


Or you might want them to know certain things, and these could become drivers:


  • Core Academic Knowledge

  • Cultural Literacy

  • Scientific Literacy

  • Numeracy Skills

  • Technological Proficiency

  • Environmental Awareness

  • Historical Understanding

  • Civic Knowledge


It could be school values which become drivers:


  • Respect

  • Integrity

  • Excellence

  • Equity and Inclusion

  • Responsibility

  • Collaboration

  • Creativity

  • Perseverance

  • Community Engagement

  • Wellbeing


Whether its these or other drivers you choose, there are several things to be aware of:


  • Drivers can end up just being words on a page. To avoid that, make sure that:

    • The drivers should help you to choose curriculum content (intent)

    • The drivers should inform pedagogy i.e. how the content is then taught (implementation)

    • The drivers should be evident in curriculum outcomes (impact)

  • You shouldn't have too many drivers


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