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In schools, pupils are taught the “formal” curriculum.  This curriculum is made up of courses, lessons, and other learning experiences, such as tests, quizzes, and assessments.  The curriculum is taught intentionally: teachers deliberately teach these skills and knowledge to students.

The Hidden Curriculum, however, is made up of the lessons and knowledge that pupils learn that are not part of the curriculum. This knowledge is taught – often unintentionally – alongside the other lessons. It is a set of unspoken or implicit rules and values that pupils learn while attending school. This could include respecting authority, having a work ethic, and the importance of punctuality.

This staff meeting starter encourages an examination of your school’s hidden curriculum and whether staff ‘walk the talk’.

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