Secondary: Tackling the big issues: the curriculum, the Ofsted framework, data and workload
“The framework will reward nurseries, schools and colleges that are doing the right thing by their children and learners, particularly the disadvantaged, and providing a rigorous education to all. It will move the focus of leadership away from progress data, arbitrary tracking of pupils’ scores and all the workload that those create for staff, and instead will allow teachers to get on with their core role: designing the curriculum, sequencing knowledge, ensuring mastery and improving learning: in short, teaching pupils and making sure they learn the right things.” HMCI Annual Report December 2018 Ofsted are having big conversations around the curriculum. Schools are being asked to consider whether their curriculum provides the invaluable knowledge that pupils need for life in the twenty first century. As we also move away from a focus on outcomes, it is a good time to consider the validity of the data we collect in schools and whether there is scope to collect less, reduce teacher workload and evaluate how we use data in schools. This day of professional learning will provide primary and secondary school leaders, senior leaders, subject leaders and governors with the opportunity to have conversations around the biggest issues on the educational landscape and be able to plan and prepare the implementation of a high quality curriculum which will meet the needs of the new Ofsted Framework for September 2019. We are delighted to welcome our keynotes Heather Fearn, Inspector Curriculum and Development Lead at Ofsted and also Professor Becky Allen, Chief Analyst, co-founder of Teacher Tapp. Until December 2018 Becky was Professor of Education at UCL Institution of Education.
Heather will outline what Ofsted understands to be a high quality curriculum and will give further detail on what the quality of education judgement might look like in the new framework. In addition, Becky will inspire leaders with her research and experience chairing the DfE’s teacher work load advisory group and identify how they can make better decision in schools. Alongside the keynotes, there will be a programme of workshops facilitated by local and regional school practitioners; including: hearing from three schools' different curricular approaches, evidence informed curriculum design and how do you effectively embed cognitive science approaches to support a knowledge rich curriculum? All of this will take place amongst the excellent facilities of Cloth Hall Court, and will be hosted by Leeds City Council School Improvement Team and regional leaders who have a proven track record of delivering high impact professional learning.