IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


VIRTUAL EVENT: What Should Schools Teach? The moral and epistemological case for the curriculum

20 January 2021, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Teacher pointing to board in classroom. Image: Phil Meech for UCL Institute of Education

This webinar launches the second edition of ‘What Should Schools Teach? Disciplines, Subjects and the Pursuit of Truth’. The contributing authors will discuss how to approach the question of curriculum content.

This event is free.

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Alex Standish

The book is part of the Knowledge and the Curriculum book series by UCL Press.

Drawing on philosophy and sociology of education, the contributing authors will explore what a school subject is. 

They will discuss how we can construct an epistemological and moral case for a common curriculum, at a time when instrumental rationale, social movements and examination results are driving the curriculum in many schools. 

Zongyi Deng, Professor of Curriculum at the UCL Institute of Education, will be responding to their comments. 


  • Alka Sehgal Cuthbert, English Teacher and Advisor to Ofsted
  • Michael J Reiss, Professor of Science Education at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
  • Cosette Crisan, Associate Professor of Mathematics at the IOE 
  • Fredrik Berglund, Biology Teacher at East London Science School 
  • Christine Counsell, Independent Curriculum Advisor and former Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education
  • Simon Toyne, Executive Director of Music Education at the David Ross Education Trust
  • Gareth Sturdy, Physics and Mathematics Teacher
  • Zongyi Deng, Professor of Curriculum at the IOE


Image: Phil Meech for UCL Institute of Education