Primary Curriculum Symposium 2019 - conference programme and extended development programme

    Published: 22 February 2019

    Herts for Learning is delighted to announce that the Curriculum Symposium, launching on Monday 20th May 2019, is now available to book.

    Ensuring access to a rich, broad, balanced and linked curriculum is at the heart of effective school provision. School leaders should rightly invest time and energy into making sure that the decisions they make regarding their curriculum are well informed, and right for their school. However, making decisions in this key area of school development can seem daunting.

    The Curriculum Symposium intends to address this by offering a safe space for school leaders to come together to engage with information from a range of professionals who have considerable expertise within this area of school development.

    Schools can choose to join the conference programme or the extended development programme.

    Conference programme

    Across three conferences, delegates will gain insight from well‑respected speakers ranging from academics and theorists, practising headteachers and senior leaders, and subject and phase specialists who are able to discuss how the curriculum debates can be interpreted within their specialist age‑ranges and subject domains.

    The conference programme dates are:

    Monday 20th May 2019

    Friday 7th June 2019

    Friday 14th June 2019

    Extended development programme

    Schools on the extended development programme will attend an additional session at the end of each conference day, where their allocated consultant school effectiveness adviser will guide leaders to deliberate upon the information presented in light of each school’s particular needs and contexts. This will provide a further opportunity to consider the information presented, as well as develop supportive networks with other schools.

    Following the conference days, participating schools will have a half-day consultancy visit, supported by their consultant adviser, which will allow them to continue the conversations back in their school setting, as well as consider next steps.

    The extended development programme will conclude with a half-day showcase where participating schools will have the opportunity to share how they have progressed in their journey towards evaluating and developing their curriculum offer, as well as hear from colleagues on the programme who have travelled along the same learning path.

    Sessions across the three conference days will be delivered by a range of external speakers along with specialist advisers and consultants from Herts for Learning:

    Curriculum: concepts, controversies and conversations

    Mary Myatt, Education Adviser


    Developing the curriculum for long-term learning

    Clare Sealy, Headteacher, St Matthias School, Tower Hamlets


    The role of assessment in the curriculum

    Herts for Learning Assessment Team


    Mathematics – a subject that fosters curiosity and creativity?

    Herts for Learning Primary Mathematics Team


    Securing an active and engaging Early Years curriculum

    Herts for Learning Early Years Team


    Spoken language: the golden thread deepening the learning

    Jane Andrews, English Adviser, Herts for Learning


    Ofsted in action!

    Marina Breeze, Headteacher, Little Munden C of E (VC) Primary School, Ware


    Science curriculum – the foundations for understanding the world

    Charlotte Jackson, Science Adviser, Herts for Learning


    Thinking about the curriculum – international insights on ‘individualised learning’

    Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment


    Reviewing geography and history within the curriculum

    Christine Lloyd-Staples, Independent Humanities Consultant


    Beyond words: designing a primary languages curriculum for the 21st century

    Yvonne Kennedy, Languages Adviser, Herts for Learning


    Computing, ICT and the big picture

    Chris Carter, e-Developments Adviser, Herts for Learning


    Going for Gold! Empowering the curriculum so disadvantaged pupils achieve

    Marcus Cooper, Primary Adviser, Southwark Diocesan Board of Education


    For further information on the symposium, please visit: Primary Curriculum Symposium 2019.

    If you have any queries regarding either programme, please email:

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