Westminster Education Forum

Next steps for the curriculum at secondary level - developing a broad and balanced curriculum and the impact of the EBacc

Morning, Thursday, 29th November 2018

Central London


This timely seminar will examine the next steps for developing the secondary curriculum in schools - focusing on its design, implementation and impact. 

It comes as Ofsted prepares to consult on its new Common Inspection Framework this autumn ahead of it being introduced in 2019, with reports suggesting that a greater emphasis will be placed on the curriculum in the new framework with the possible introduction of new ‘quality of education’ measure for schools.

Delegates will discuss Ofsted’s ongoing review of the curriculum, including key concerns highlighted in the interim findings around a need for greater clarity around language, improving understanding of the purpose of key stage 3 and the new GCSE assessment criteria.

The seminar also takes place as the DfE implements changes to the way schools are measured based on the number of pupils taking EBacc core subjects, and with Ofsted expected to clarify how the inspection of provision at key stages 3 and 4 will reflect EBacc policy.

The wider impact of the EBacc on the secondary curriculum and the uptake of subjects will also be considered, including the preservation of arts, technology and creative subjects within school curriculums - following past concerns from the Chief Inspector that some schools are focusing too narrowly on EBacc subjects and questions surrounding the impact of the Ebacc on the attainment of poorer pupils.

Further sessions consider whether the current curriculum is adequately preparing students for the Fourth Industrial Revolution - including the increasing use of artificial intelligence and other new technologies in the workplace - with the Education Select Committee’s ongoing inquiry into its impact on future employment and productivity.

Guest of Honour

Tim Oates

Group Director, Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment and Chair, Expert Panel for the National Curriculum Review (2010-2013)

Keynote Speakers

Tim Oates

Group Director, Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment and Chair, Expert Panel for the National Curriculum Review (2010-2013)

Josh Beattie

Lead, GCSE Reform Team, Department for Education

Dr Sandra Leaton Gray

Associate Professor, Institute of Education, UCL

Chris Jones

Incoming Deputy Director, Research and Evaluations, Ofsted


Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury

Liberal Democrats Spokesperson for Culture, Media and Sport

Helen Goodman MP


Andrew Connell

Chair, Council for Subject Associations and Head of Initial Teacher Education, University of Chester

Deborah Annetts

Chief Executive Officer, Incorporated Society of Musicians

Duncan Mackrill

Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Sussex

Ruth Lowe

External Affairs Manager, Parentkind

John Blake

Curriculum Design Lead, Ark and Director of Strategy and Policy, Now Teach

Ann Fullick

Freelance Education Consultant and Textbook Author

Gavin Smith

Principal, Wren Academy

Vicky Gough

Schools Adviser, British Council