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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Tiffnie Harris

Primary Specialist

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Lilian Bell

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

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John Camp

CEO, The Compass Partnership of Schools, London

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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 

08.45     Registration and refreshments
09.30     Welcome and introduction
Tiffnie Harris, ASCL Primary Specialist
09.35     What do we know about knowledge - and why does it matter?
Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary
09.55     Curriculum Commonsense
Mary Myatt, Education adviser and writer
10.55     Headline Sponsor session
Denise Inwood, Managing Director, BlueSky Education
Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary
11.15     Refreshment break and exhibition
11.45     Ofsted: The new framework
Matthew Purves, Deputy Director Schools, Ofsted
12.15     Primary Assessment and Accountability
Paul Charman, Managing Director, FFT Education
12.45     Lunch
13.45     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
14.15     The Curriculum Challenge
John Camp, CEO, The Compass Partnership of Schools, London
14.45     Key Stage 2 MFL: broad, deep, ambitious, possible!
Suzanne O'Farrell, ASCL MFL Consultant
15.00     Refreshment break
15.15     The classroom is a stage: a dramaturgical approach to unlocking learning and communication
Nicholas Bailey, Actor and Education Ambassador for FlashAcademy®
15.45     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.