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 EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This timely seminar will examine the next steps for developing the secondary curriculum in schools. Sessions will focus on the design, impact and implementation of the curriculum within schools - and the future of the EBacc including changes to the way it is used to measure schools, its impact on the curriculum and the future of non-EBacc subjects.


It will be an opportunity to discuss the findings of Ofsted’s ongoing review of the curriculum, following the completion of phase 1 last autumn and the expected publication of the review’s final findings later this year. Sessions will also consider the Education Select Committee’s ongoing inquiry into the challenges and opportunities posed by the Fourth Industrial Revolution including whether the current curriculum is suitable in preparing young people.


The seminar will include a keynote address on the review’s findings from Chris Jones, Incoming Deputy Director, Research and Evaluations, Ofsted.


There will also be keynote contributions from Josh Beattie, Lead, GCSE Reform Team, Department for Education and Tim Oates, Group Director, Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment who chaired the Government’s Expert Panel which recommended the structure of the current curriculum in 2011.


Attendees will assess how to ensure that all schools develop a broad curriculum following concerns from Ofsted that some schools are focusing too narrowly on EBacc subjects.


Discussion will focus on key concerns highlighted in Ofsted’s interim findings, including what more might be done to encourage debate and discussion surrounding the curriculum in schools - as well as attempting to provide greater clarity around language, improve understanding of the purpose of key stage 3 and the new GCSE assessment criteria, and ensure that the curriculum for low attaining pupils prepares them to study EBacc subjects.


Further sessions will discuss the wider impact of the EBacc on the secondary curriculum and the uptake of subjects - including concerns surrounding the preservation of arts, technology and creative subjects within school curriculums. The seminar takes place as the DfE implement 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.



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

Chris Jones

Incoming Deputy Director, Research and Evaluations, Ofsted

Chair

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury

Liberal Democrats Spokesperson for Culture, Media and Sport

Speakers

Deborah Annetts

Chief Executive Officer, Incorporated Society of Musicians

Duncan Mackrill

Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Sussex

Ruth Lowe

External Affairs Manager, Parentkind

Gavin Smith

Principal, Wren Academy