Knowledge or Skills?

In his recent speech to the Education World Forum, Nick Gibb strongly advocated for a move away from ‘child-centred’ pedagogies towards ‘teacher-led education’.  In this speech, he questions the validity of a child-centred approach, suggesting that there is a  “…focus on eliciting and developing ethereal and often poorly-defined skills in pupils.”  He goes on to say that “In too many countries – including Britain – educationalists have argued against knowledge and in favour of skills. I believe this has been deeply damaging to millions of children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

Does your school curriculum focus on knowledge or skills?  What are your thoughts on a move away from child centred approaches in favour of teacher-led instruction?