Westminster Education Forum

Developing the primary curriculum - raising standards in literacy and numeracy, implementing the new inspection framework and creating a broad and balanced curriculum

Morning, Tuesday, 9th July 2019

Central London


This seminar will bring together policymakers, primary school leaders and other key stakeholders to assess priorities for developing and delivering the curriculum at primary level.

It will be an opportunity to discuss preparations for the introduction of Ofsted’s new inspection framework from September, which will include a new ‘quality of education’ assessment to measure whether schools are offering a broad and balanced curriculum.

The conference also follows Ofsted’s review of the primary curriculum last year which fed into the design of the new framework and revealed concerns about a narrowing of children’s learning experience with an over-emphasis on English and Maths at the expense of other subject areas.

Delegates will discuss the likely impact of Ofsted’s new inspection framework under which schools will be unable to achieve ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ ratings overall without those labels applying to the school’s curriculum delivery which itself must demonstrate pupils receive a ‘broad and balanced’ education.

Key areas being considered will include the resources needed for high quality education across all curriculum subject areas, timetabling challenges, and how schools can demonstrate their teaching practices are evidence-informed.

Whilst the inspection framework will call for a ‘broad and balanced’ curriculum, the parallel need to maintain and continue to raise standards in literacy and numeracy will also be discussed.

Delegates will discuss the role of the Government’s pupil assessment systems as both an accountability tool and effective way of measuring pupil development.

The will examine the impact of the phonics test since its introduction in 2013 ahead of the implementation of a new multiplication tables check in year 4 in the 2019/20 academic year, and amid some sector concerns about the pressures of SATs.

The impact of the Government’s Maths Hubs - a network of 35 high-performing schools introduced in 2014 and designed to act as a model of maths teaching for other schools in their area and to deliver the ‘Teaching for Mastery’ programme - will be assessed as Government introduces 32 new English Hubs designed to do similarly for the delivery of the English curriculum.

Delegates will also assess government’s new activity passport - aimed at inspiring children and building resilience as well as increasing access to extra-curricular activities for disadvantaged pupils, with a view to incorporating the “five foundations for building character” - sport, creativity, performing, volunteering & membership and the world of work.

The content of the ‘passport’ will be discussed alongside how schools and outside bodies can more effectively collaborate to deliver outside learning experiences as well as how to maximise participation of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Guest of Honour

Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP

Minister of State for School Standards

Keynote Speaker

Phil Minns

Specialist Adviser for Early Years and Primary, Ofsted

Guest of Honour

Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP

Minister of State for School Standards

Keynote Speaker

Phil Minns

Specialist Adviser for Early Years and Primary, Ofsted


Ben Bradley MP

Member, House of Commons Regulatory Reform Select Committee and Member, House of Commons Education Select Committee

Lord Storey

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Education)


Tracy Parvin

President, United Kingdom Literacy Association

James Christian

Principal, Colne Valley High School, Huddersfield

Lee Newman

Education Publisher, HarperCollins

Robin Warren

Headteacher, Primrose Hill Primary School, London

Karen Wespieser

Director of Operations, Driver Youth Trust

Lisa Cassidy

Lead, Witham St Hughs English Hub, Lincolnshire

Elizabeth Crump

Co-Director, Cultural Learning Alliance

Kim Somerville

Chief Executive Officer, Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

Sara Castledine

Head of Primary Delivery, Mathematics Mastery

Ruth Lowe

External Affairs Manager, Parentkind

Professor Dudley Shallcross

Chief Executive Officer, Primary Science Teaching Trust

Carole Jones

Headteacher, Yeading Junior School, Hayes

Kerri Hall

Director of Partnerships & Impact, Step Up To Serve

Dr Rowena Passy

Senior Research Fellow in Education, University of Plymouth

Professor David Burghes

Professor of Education, University of Plymouth