Westminster Education Forum

Priorities for Key Stage 3 - curriculum, assessment and effective use of the pupil premium

Morning, Thursday, 23rd November 2017

Central London


This seminar will bring together key policymakers and stakeholders from across the education sector to consider next steps for policy and practice in improving the quality of learning and teaching in Key Stage 3.

It follows a series of critical reports from Ofsted and the Social Mobility Commission which highlighted failures to build on pupils’ prior learning from primary school and a significant drop in attainment for children from disadvantaged backgrounds during this stage of their education. It also comes as Ofsted conducts a thematic review of the curriculum, looking at how it is being used by schools, innovation in academies and standards to aim for, as well as issues around accountability and outcomes for pupils.

Delegates will discuss priorities for the design and delivery of Key Stage 3 curricula in free schools and academies, following the removal of National Curriculum Levels in September 2016, and options for utilising the Pupil Premium to best support the progress of disadvantaged pupils. The transition from primary to secondary school will also be discussed, including ways to ensure that pupils’ prior learning is effectively built upon and also how an effective balance between academic attainment and pastoral support at the beginning of KS3 can be achieved.

Following the introduction of the EBacc measure, and with the new 9-1 GCSE grading system being phased in from summer 2017, delegates will also assess the impact of Key Stage 4 reform on the operation and focus of Key Stage 3 in secondary education.

Guest of Honour

Joanna Hall HMI

Deputy Director for Schools, Ofsted

Guest of Honour

Joanna Hall HMI

Deputy Director for Schools, Ofsted


Emma Hardy MP

Member, Education Select Committee


Sarah Hannafin

Senior Policy Advisor, NAHT

Dr Richard Harris

Associate Professor, Institute for Education, University of Reading

Suzanne O’Farrell

Curriculum and Assessment Specialist, ASCL

Steve Brace

Head of Education and Outdoor Learning, Royal Geographical Society

Richard Lord

Headteacher, The Deepings School, Cambridgeshire