Westminster Education Forum

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

Morning, Thursday, 23rd November 2017

Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone, London W1G 7LP


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 (KS3).

It follows the recent release of the interim findings of Ofsted’s thematic review of the curriculum which found that some schools are shortening KS3 to increase time for GCSEs. It also takes place in the context of other 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.

Delegates will discuss priorities for the design and delivery of KS3 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.

In the light of the introduction of the EBacc measure, and with the new 9-1 GCSE grading system being phased in from last summer, delegates will also assess the impact of Key Stage 4 reform on the operation and focus of KS3 in secondary education.

Guest of Honour

Matthew Purves

Deputy Director, Education Inspection Policy, Ofsted

Guest of Honour

Matthew Purves

Deputy Director, Education Inspection Policy, Ofsted

Keynote Speakers

Professor Jeremy Hodgen

Chair of Mathematics Education, University College London and Professor of Mathematics Education, University of Nottingham

Nick Wallace

Senior Curriculum and Development Lead, Ark


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

Jeremy Waxman

former Headteacher, Kingsbury High School, London

Victoria Flynn

Joint Area Lead Inspector/Adviser, Children’s Services, Hampshire County Council

Steve Brace

Head of Education and Outdoor Learning, Royal Geographical Society

Eric Halton

County Education Manager, Professional Learning, Hampshire County Council

Richard Lord

Headteacher, The Deepings School, Cambridgeshire