Hidden Curriculum


What is the hidden curriculum? – as well as the formal curriculum (maths, English, PE etc) schools also teach norms and values  to their students – this is known as the hidden curriculum.

Examples of norms and values we’re taught are being punctual to lessons, dressing smartly in school uniform, working hard to achieve your best and receiving rewards for those efforts .  It’s called the hidden curriculum because you don’t have formal timetabled lessons on dressing smartly, instead your teachers constantly remind you to be punctual or ‘tuck your shirt in’. You also learn respect for authority and following instructions

It is important to recognise that Functionalists appreciate the virtues of the hidden curriculum as being good at secondary socialising students to:

  1. look smart via the school uniform
  2. punctuality through disciplining people who are late
  3. shows children how to follow instructions
  4. as well how to read and follow a…

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