Curriculum as a Social Justice
Thursday 6th February 2020 | Sandy Park, Exeter | 09:15 - 12:45
With an increasing focus by OFSTED on the curriculum as a vehicle for minimising inequalities, schools will be particularly aware of the renewed incentive for ensuring their intent for curriculum design is clear and obvious. This masterclass will assist schools in highlighting ways in which social justice is woven within their activities, both curricular and extra-curricular and clarify thinking on how this can be articulated to stakeholders and beyond.
Key Reasons to Attend
- Clarify how effective curriculum design improves outcomes for disadvantaged pupils
- Learn from best practice in other schools and settings
- Articulate the thinking behind a curriculum offer
About Dr Lee Elliot Major
Lee Elliot Major is Professor of Social Mobility at the University of Exeter and formerly Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust. His Penguin book "Social Mobility and Its Enemies" has been called “the most accurate & most honest account of this vitally important topic”.
Lee is a trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation, and co-authored the Sutton Trust-EEF toolkit on what works to improve school attainment for disadvantaged pupils – a guide used by school leaders across the world. His next book "What Works?" will provide best bets for teachers to boost learning in the classroom.
Lee is the first in his family to attend a university. He is a governor at William Ellis School.
About Judy Martyn - Headteacher of Highweek Primary School
Headteacher of two schools in the South East before moving to her current school in Newton Abbot 8 years ago. Passionate about high aspiration for all, the focus of her work at Highweek has been on creating a positive learning culture throughout the school based on developing strategies to build children’s resilience, curiosity and motivation for learning.
In 2016 the school embarked on working with James Nottingham and Challenging Learning, who work with some of the most respected researchers and leaders. Through a long-term CPD development process for all staff, Highweek have immersed themselves in a Growth Mindset culture. The process has been transformational for the whole community including parents. They have seen a genuine shift in the Learning Attitudes of all children, with children talking positively about learning to learn, the progress they are making, welcoming feedback and embracing challenge. They now see children who are now more confident, more tenacious, willing to take risk and seek opportunities regardless of their backgrounds.
The rapid impact of Highweek’s work has been formally recognised by Challenging Learning and they now act as a study tour school for groups of educationists from around the world.
About Ilfracombe CofE Junior School
Maggie Foster, Assistant Head Teacher
Having lived in Ilfracombe for nearly 30 years, Maggie’s enthusiasm and love for this old Victorian, seaside town grew even more when she started to teach in the community. Her leading belief, that music should be an important part of a school curriculum, led Maggie to change direction and work in a school where one third of the children qualify for pupil premium funding. Music is the heart of her school and is central to the curriculum design and ethos. Developing a new programme to promote outstanding learning behaviour is linked with the whole school approach in Taiko drumming. Music is fully inclusive. At Maggie’s school, ‘music is for everyone.’
Being the Pupil Premium lead, with strong links to parental and community engagement, brings a sharp focus on what it is like to live and work within the same community. Leading on learning behaviours and positive attitudes, teaching music across the school, and conferencing pupils to find out about their challenges and their aspirations for the future, makes this the best teaching role ever for Maggie!
Jody Le Bredonchel, Assistant Head Teacher
Jody is an Assistant Head Teacher at Ilfracombe Junior School and has worked there since training as a teacher in 2003. When he is not trying to think of new ways to annoy Maggie, he is finding new ways to annoy the rest of the teaching staff by reading lots about curriculum and pedagogy and then passing it on to tired colleagues in staff meetings! Recent favourites include Barak Rosenshine’s ‘Principles of Instruction’ and developing a ‘Trivium Curriculum’ with Martin Robinson.
Working with the JUSCO collaboration of Junior Schools over the last 2 years has also given Jody the fantastic opportunity to take part in discussions about Primary Accountability with the DFE and the New Inspection Framework with OFSTED. They have held events with amazing educationalists, including Professor John Sweller, Daisy Christodoulou and Sam Twiselton. With such easy access to so much great research and material, from a whole range of different perspectives, Jody firmly believes that this is a very exciting time to be involved in education.
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Thought provoking and empowering. A really useful starting point for us to review our curriculum
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