Underpinning ideas

Key ideas underpinning Enquiring Minds

Any educational approach, whether it is made explicit or not, is based on views about the nature of knowledge and curriculum, and the relationship between teachers and students.

This section sets out some of our assumptions and views in these areas, both in order to be transparent about ‘where we are coming from’, and also because we believe that these underlying ideas are helpful for educators in informing decisions about how to implement or adapt Enquiring Minds approaches in schools.

“Students bring to the classroom a load of stuff teachers don’t know, and some of it is very valuable. They bring an awful lot of knowledge into the classroom.”

Teacher