ASCL Primary Conference 2020

Developing a primary curriculum to inspire a love of learning

For the ASCL Primary Conference 2020 our focus is the curriculum, particularly as this is also a key element of the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework introduced in September 2019. 

Whilst the new Ofsted framework might initially appear daunting, it does also present positive opportunities for primary leaders to redesign their curriculum to give all children the skills and knowledge they need as they progress in their education and their lives. 


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Mary Myatt

Education adviser, writer and speaker

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Matthew Purves

Deputy Director Schools, Ofsted

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Nicholas Bailey

Actor and Education Ambassador for FlashAcademy®

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Tiffnie Harris

Primary Specialist

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Paul Charman

Managing Director FFT

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Lilian Bell

Headteacher, Leyland St James C of E Primary School, Leyland

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Suzanne O'Farrell

ASCL MFL Consultant

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John Camp

CEO, The Compass Partnership of Schools, London

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Geoff Barton

ASCL General Secretary

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The Conference will address the ‘why and the when’ of curriculum planning and the subsequent impact on pupils.
The programme is currently being finalised, however, topics to be covered will include:

  • an update from Ofsted  
  • professional guidance on ambitious, knowledge-rich curriculum construction
  • greater insight into data and accountability with current case studies demonstrating good practice. 

America Square Conference and Event Centre, 17 Crosswall, London EC3N 2LB 

08.45am     Registration and refreshments
09.30am     Welcome and introduction
Tiffnie Harris, ASCL Primary Specialist
09.35am     What do we know about knowledge - and why does it matter?
Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary
10.00am     Curriculum Commonsense
Mary Myatt, Education adviser and writer
11.00am     Refreshment break and exhibition
11.30am     Ofsted: The new framework
Matthew Purves, Deputy Director Schools, Ofsted
12.00pm     Primary Assessment and Accountability
Paul Charman, Managing Director, FFT Education
12.30pm     Lunch
1.30pm     All children are gifted, they just unwrap their packages at different times and in different ways
Lilian Bell, Headteacher, Leyland St James C of E Primary School, Leyland
2.05pm     The Curriculum Challenge
John Camp, CEO, The Compass Partnership of Schools, London
2.35pm     Key Stage 2 MFL: broad, deep, ambitious, possible!
Suzanne O'Farrell, ASCL MFL Consultant
2.50pm     Refreshment break
3.05pm     The classroom is a stage: a dramaturgical approach to unlocking learning and communication
Nicholas Bailey, Actor and Education Ambassador for FlashAcademy®
3.30pm     Closing remarks
Tiffnie Harris

This conference is suitable for primary headteachers and senior leaders across all types of schools and explores all areas of learning from Reception to Year 6 and into secondary education.