IOE - Faculty of Education and Society



The curriculum is what children experience every day in their early years settings and primary schools.

National curricula reflect society’s aspirations for their children and young people, and assessments is an important part of curricula.

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Our research provides evidence on better ways to understand and create curriculum and assessment systems, at national levels, in policy, and in schools and classrooms.

We work on curricula holistically but also in relation to curriculum areas such as language and literacy, creativity, and the arts. Children’s and teachers’ agency, through curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, are a vital focus for our work.

Our research on the curriculum includes: 

Curriculum design
Language and literacy
Creativity and the arts
Children’s and teachers’ agency