Leading your Curriculum Conference - Ensuring High Impact for Children

Research, Refine, Re-energise

Leading your Curriculum Conference - Ensuring High Impact for Children

A Conference of Two Parts;

Keynote Sessions - Thursday 27 January 2022 | Hosted Online via Click Meetings | 09:00 - 12:30

Workshop sessions - Tuesday 8 February 2022 | Hosted Online via Click Meetings | 09:00 - 12:00


All good leaders understand that a great curriculum is at the heart of a great education; a curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give learners, particularly the most disadvantaged, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. It needs to set out the aims, including knowledge and skills to be gained at each stage (intent), be translated and delivered in context (implementation), and be evaluated for the knowledge and understanding that children have gained (impact).

We recognise that the recent challenges of the pandemic has meant that school leaders have needed to focus their energies on day to day crisis management, regularly facing conflicting priorities, pulling them away from their curriculum strategy. We have therefore created and adapted this conference to suit your flexible schedule - allowing you to hear from two trail-blazers in the world of school leadership and the curriculum on one day and also have an opportunity to join workshops with a range of practicing leaders on a separate day with something for everyone, including primary, secondary, SEND, and school groups (MATs and Federations). In doing this we hope you can return to your setting, re-energised and refocused, but most importantly with some practical tools for change.

We are delighted to confirm expert Keynote Speakers Kate Jones, author of Love To Teach: Research and Resources for every classroom and John Tomsett, a Leadership expert who has published 6 books, his most recent being 'Huh: Curriculum conversations between subject and senior leaders', co-authored with Mary Myatt.



Training Objectives

  • To hear from inspirational leaders who have taken successful ownership of the curriculum in their schools
  • To learn more about the use of retrieval practice in ensuring children learn and remember more
  • To gather practical methods and approaches for use in your own school
  • To work with other leaders to explore impactful leadership of the development of your curriculum in relation to a range of settings and challenges, including Ofsted inspection


Who Should Attend?

HeadTeachers, Senior Leadership Team, Subject leaders and School leaders from both Primary and Secondary

About Kate Jones

In November 2019 Kates second book is published, Retrieval Practice: Research and Resources for every classroom, again with John Catt. You can purchase this book here.

Blogger & writer: Kate has written for many educational blogs and magazines including Teach Middle East magazine, Education Journal Middle East, UKEd magazine, Innovate My School and Teach Secondary. She now mainly blogs on her website - Love To Teach 

Coach & mentor: Kate works with colleagues across Primary and Secondary schools specialising in teaching and learning linked to educational research, the science of learning, literacy across the curriculum, edtech with Apple, Microsoft and Google technologies. She also supports senior leaders and teachers with professional development.

Keynote speaker: Kate has presented at various high profile events across the UK and Events in the UAE include a keynote presentation at the UAE University focusing on innovation across the curriculum. She has also presented at Qatar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Hong Kong with upcoming presentations in The Netherlands and Kuala Lumpur.

About John Tomsett

John Tomsett taught for 33 years in state schools and was a teaching headteacher for 18 years. Until August 2021 he led Huntington School in York. He writes a blog called This Much I Know, and has written extensively about school leadership.

He has published six books. His latest book is called Huh: Curriculum conversations between subject and senior leaders, co-authored with Mary Myatt.

He is now engaged in supporting the next generation of school leaders. As the erstwhile leader of Huntington Research School in York, he believes that an evidence-informed approach is central to successful school improvement.

Programme - Keynote sessions

Embedding an Evidence-Informed Approach to Teaching, Learning and Leadership

Kate Jones, Teaching and Learning Lead at InnerDrive and best-selling author

In this session Kate Jones will be sharing the benefits of an evidence-informed approach in education and how this can be successfully embedded as part of a research driven culture.



Creating the Conditions for Truly Great Teaching

John Tomsett, Educational author and speaker

In this session, John Tomsett discusses what he learnt from 30 years as a senior leader in schools about creating the culture for truly great teaching and developing the school curriculum.

Programme - Workshop sessions

The Curriculum 


Developing a Coherent Approach to Strategic Planning and Curriculum Development

John Jolliffe and Ed Nichols, Exe Valley federation

John Jolliffe and Ed Nichols from the Exe Valley federation will explore how to they created an overarching vision for their six schools and how this flows from a vision statement to an annual development plan. They will explain how they have put together a systematic approach to improving the role of Curriculum Team Leaders to develop the wider curriculum and how this has worked out in practice.


MAT Wide Approach to Curriculum and QA: Focusing on Sharing Good Practice and Quality Assurance Processes

Phillipa Harris, Director of Education and Strategic Lead for Teaching and Learning with Quality Assurance, Invictus Education Trust

Phillipa has been a qualified English teacher for 22 years, working in and supporting a range of schools across the West Midlands. During this time Phillipa has undertaken the role of SLE, ITT Professional mentor, Assistant Principal, Vice Principal and Principal in secondary academies. Phillipa’s expertise lies within Quality of Education, Professional Development and Leadership and Management. Phillipa has recently contributed to ‘Letter to my NQT self’, published by John Catt and is passionate about staff support, experience and development. This session will explore a MAT wide approach to curriculum and QA, focusing on sharing good practice and quality assurance processes.



Conference Price

Keynote Sessions only - £60+VAT

Workshop Sessions only - £60+VAT

Attend BOTH sessions on two separate dates - £105+VAT


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