Powerful Curriculum Thinking Conference

08:30 - 16:00, 3 April 2019 Birmingham

*FULL* If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email conferences@ascl.org.uk

There is renewed interest in and around curriculum quality, particularly following HMCI Amanda Spielman’s recent announcements concerning Ofsted and other researchers’ focus on the curriculum.

ASCL’s Curriculum Conference will help leaders to think broadly about what curriculum is, think deeply about what pupils really need from it, and distribute that thinking across the school. Delegates will explore why there is a need to re-evaluate curriculum thinking, in particular by developing an understanding of the role played by ‘powerful knowledge’. Through developing our curriculum expertise, we can better meet the needs of all pupils.  

The conference poses three key questions:

  • What do we mean by curriculum?

  • How do we develop depth of curriculum thinking for the benefit of all pupils?

  • How can leaders build capacity by distributing curriculum expertise?

ASCL’s Curriculum Conference aims to stimulate leaders’ curriculum thinking to best meet the needs of their pupils. A range of speakers will include current school practitioners, with the conference led by ASCL’s Curriculum and Inspection Specialist Stephen Rollett who sat on Ofsted’s Curriculum Advisory Panel. 

This conference is suitable for headteachers, principals, assistant headteachers, vice principals, and members of the senior leadership team with responsibility for leading the curriculum, and for those based in primary and secondary phases.


£250 + VAT for one delegate
£125 + VAT per person for two or more delegates 


Registration and refreshments


Curriculum: The power and the problem
Steve Rollett, ASCL Curriculum and Inspections Speicalist


Curriculum Coherence in the English School System: Opportunities, challenges, barriers and suggestions
John Blake, Curriculum Design Lead, ARK Schools


Using Curriculum Design to Create Advanced Learners
Professor Deborah Eyre, Founder and CEO , High Performance Learning


Refreshment break


Curriculum and Assessment: Intent, implementation and impact - grasp the nettle!
Mick Walker, Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA)


Senior Curricular Leadership: Enabling and enacting meaningful curricular conversations between leaders
Geraint Brown, Senior Assistant Principal, Cottenham Village College




Middle Curricular Leadership: What has been our journey in developing the maths and English curricula at Cottenham Vilage College?
Amelia Parker, Head of English, Cottenham Village College
Deana Reckless, Head of Mathematics, Cottenham Village College


Assessing the Curriculum: Recent findings from Ofsted's research programme
Alan Passingham, Senior Research Lead, Ofsted


The Curriculum Conversation Discussion




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ASCL Professional Development reserves the right to amend the programme should circumstances dictate