Overview

23 Mar, 20229:00 am-1:15 pm24 Mar, 20219:00 am-1:15 pm
Online
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The Conference will bring together researchers, practitioners and thought leaders from across the education sector to explore the theories behind curriculum design, how to design a quality curriculum – and what is meant by ‘quality’ when thinking about what experts and wider society really want the education system to provide for children and young people.

Conversations will be had around assessment design and corresponding theories of how to do this well, particularly in light of adaptations made in the face of the pandemic, and what this could mean for the future of assessments in schools. Experts and practitioners will also explore the power of individual teachers to make change in the classroom, while engaging with wider dialogues around education reform.

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  • AI networking and live delegate meet-ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling functions
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • Sector based discussion groups
  • Next generation conference platform

Agenda

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
9:00 am
Login and Accessing Online Conference Platform

Use this time to explore the agenda for the day and make new connections with peers working in curriculum and assessment research and design.

This short explainer video will help you explore how to make the most of our new next generation Conference platform.

You’ll be able to create networking meet ups, access content on demand and use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Professor David Leat
Professor David Leat
Professor of Curriculum Innovation
Newcastle University
Confirmed
9:45 am
Rethinking Assessment: How Can We Value the Strengths of Every Child?

In this session, Bill will address some of the key questions that the Rethinking Assessment movement are addressing, through thought leadership, and engaging with the practicalities of school life as well as thinking outside of the box.

Key themes discussed will include:

  • Building an assessment system that appreciates the full range of a young person’s strengths
  • Working to ensure schools are recognised for the full educational experience on offer, not only a narrow set of exam results
  • Creating opportunities to develop wider skills and knowledge, that are also reflected in assessments
  • Sharing best practice between UK and international schools around curriculum and assessment delivery and design

This session will include time for questions.

Professor Bill Lucas
Professor Bill Lucas
Co-Founder
Rethinking Assessment
Confirmed
10:10 am
Implementation science: A Powerful New Approach to Improving Curriculum and Assessment

It is widely accepted that fewer than 20% of school improvement initiatives bring about lasting, positive change. Clearly, this is sub-optimal. But we’re in luck! In recent years, a new field of study has emerged – implementation science – which provides us with a set of tried and tested tools and strategies for bringing about sustained improvements in outcomes for young people in real-world contexts.

This practical workshop will cover the following elements:

  • Introduction to implementation science: what and why?
  • Case study: The Learning Skills Curriculum
  • Examples of tools from the ‘Implementation Science for Schools’ toolkit:
    o Vertical slice teams
    o Setting impact goals
    o Backward design
    o Guskey’s pyramid
    o Diffusions of innovation
    o The implementation plan
    o The pre-mortem
  • Where to go for more information

This session will include time for questions.

Dr James Mannion
Dr James Mannion
Director
Rethinking Education
Confirmed
11:10 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:30 am
Joint Council for Qualifications Update: Priorities for Assessment Recovery

This session will:

  • Outline the work that JCQ has been doing with Ofqual and the DfE to support teachers and students to return to exams in 2022
  • Reflect on what this might mean for assessment beyond 2022
  • Draw on emerging work from Pearson that has been looking at the future of qualifications and assessment through the lenses of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Technology and Employment

This session will include time for questions.

Lizzie Watts
Lizzie Watts
Director of Accreditation & Standards for Pearson
Member, Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)
Confirmed
12:00 pm
Lessons from International Best Practice: The World-Class Estonia Curriculum

This session will highlight and outline the success of the Estonian education system, as demonstrated by PISA results, and share insights into curriculum development and delivery.

Key discussion points will include:

  • The role of re-focused teacher training and an upgrading of technical education
  • How the Estonian approach ensures socio-economic background has minimal impact on academic success
  • Teacher autonomy over subject content and delivery
  • Key classroom activities used in Estonian schools that UK teachers might seek to adopt

This session will include time for questions.

Dr Imbi Henno
Dr Imbi Henno
Former Chief Expert, Estonian Ministry of Education and Research
Lecturer of Biology and Science Teaching, School of Natural Sciences and Health, Tallinn University
Confirmed
12:30 pm
Rethinking Your Curriculum: How, What and Why?

Sharing insights from curriculum theory and history, this session will share ideas around how a curriculum can be shaped, and who can impact decision-making around this.

Key themes discussed will include:

  • Thinking about how a subject becomes a subject, and what this means for how to introduce new topics in schools
  • The role of a curriculum in being a course of study to follow, verses being shaped by the learners, their interests, and their progress
  • How the digital landscape is changing thinking about curriculum development and delivery, and what this means for the future of teaching and learning, beyond the use of edtech in the classroom
Andreas Schleicher
Andreas Schleicher
Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills
OECD
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Chair’s Summary and Close
Professor David Leat
Professor David Leat
Professor of Curriculum Innovation
Newcastle University
Confirmed
1:15 pm
End of Day One

 

*Programme subject to change

9:00 am
Login and Accessing Online Conference Platform

Use this time to explore the agenda for the day and make new connections with peers working in curriculum and assessment research and design.

This short explainer video will help you explore how to make the most of our new next generation Conference platform.

You’ll be able to create networking meet ups, access content on demand and use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Richard Selfridge
Richard Selfridge
Primary School Teacher, Education Author and Consultant, and School Data Expert
Confirmed
9:40 am
What Does Education Reform Mean, and How Does This Relate to Curriculum and Assessment Design?

The pandemic, and its impact on teaching and learning, has led to significant consideration around education reform, and what educators, and wider society, want from a quality education system.

But what could this mean in practice? In this session, Tim will explore:

  • The importance of having the right kind of evidence base to make decisions around curriculum and assessment reform
  • The impact of a ‘cycle of planned failure’ in education policy across recent decades, and the need for future thinking to demonstrate sustainability
  • Lessons that can be taken from the TAG process to inform future curriculum and assessment design
  • Calls for educational reform in relation to child wellbeing, and how this may reflect in plans for the classroom, and beyond

This session will include time for questions.

Tim Oates CBE
Tim Oates CBE
Group Director of Assessment Research and Development
Cambridge Assessment
Confirmed
10:25 am
Curriculum and Assessment: "May not an ass know when the cart draws the horse?" 
  • What do we mean by “the school curriculum”?
  • What do we mean by “assessment”?
  • Designing a curriculum and assessment framework

This session will include time for questions.

Dr Mick Walker
Dr Mick Walker
President
Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA)
Confirmed
10:55 am
Interactive Discussion Session: Share Your Thoughts on Curriculum Design and Implementation

This session will be an opportunity to join with the Conference chair, speakers and fellow delegates in an interactive breakout room, and continue to engage in conversation, ask questions, and share your thoughts and experiences of curriculum design and implementation.

Share your ideas for reform, explore best practice in adapting for learners in your content, and highlight interesting research with peers.

11:15 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:35 am
Panel Discussion: Engaging Teachers in Curriculum Theory and Design

Following a brief introduction, panellists will explore the key discussion points below. Delegates will be invited to submit questions and comments throughout for the panel to respond to.

  • The teachers’ role in developing a knowledge-rich curriculum, that suits the needs and interests of pupils, as well as meeting Ofsted and DfE standards
  • Exploring opportunities for teaching staff to engage in research around curriculum design, and highlighting the creative drive teachers can express through this medium
  • Discussing what teachers are taught about accountability and learning, and how to re-think this to facilitate a more engaging classroom
  • Considering how to use theories of task design in curriculum planning, and how teachers can be afforded the time to engage in this kind of thinking
Richard Selfridge
Richard Selfridge
Primary School Teacher, Education Author and Consultant, and School Data Expert
Confirmed
Harpinder Singh
Harpinder Singh
Deputy Headteacher
Washwood Heath Academy
Confirmed
Dr Fiona Hammans
Dr Fiona Hammans
CEO
Abingdon Learning Trust
Confirmed
Mat Winzor
Mat Winzor
Deputy Headteacher
Moreton School, Amethyst Trust
Confirmed
12:20 pm
Panel Discussion: Embedding New Topics into Curriculum and Assessment Design and Implementation

Following a brief introduction, panellists will explore the key discussion points below. Delegates will be invited to submit questions and comments throughout for the panel to respond to.

This session will explore key topics and areas of knowledge that it is increasingly important for children and young people to engage with and understand. Expert speakers will share insights and ideas for how schools can embed new topics into the curriculum, and how learning around these may be demonstrated, including:

  • Equality, diversity, and inclusion
  • Financial education
  • Mental health and wellbeing
Richard Selfridge
Richard Selfridge
Primary School Teacher, Education Author and Consultant, and School Data Expert
Confirmed
Lavinya Stennett
Lavinya Stennett
Founder and CEO
The Black Curriculum
Confirmed
Lucy Dowling
Lucy Dowling
Programme Development and Delivery Manager
Red Start
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Chair’s Summary and Close
Richard Selfridge
Richard Selfridge
Primary School Teacher, Education Author and Consultant, and School Data Expert
Confirmed
1:15 pm
End of Day Two

*Programme subject to change

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