ASCL Curriculum Conference 2024

Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury

Do more, know more, remember more

This year's Curriculum Conference will focus on three themes: 

Do more: how schools can implement a rich curriculum offer when budgets are ever increasingly stretched. ASCL Funding Specialist Julia Harden will remind colleagues about the DfE’s approach to integrated curriculum financial planning (ICFP), with a focus on how new curriculum deputies or leads can work with their business manager when looking at the curriculum. While ICFP has been a feature of the system for a while, we know that since the pandemic many curriculum leads might be new to post, so what does ICFP mean for 2024?

We’ll also explore what schools are doing to deliver a rich and sustainable extra-curricular activity against this backdrop of funding restraints and teacher burnout.

Know more: we’ll consider what a knowledge-rich curriculum means in terms of inclusion and diversity, and how schools can diversify their curricula while still teaching the national curriculum. The conference will include a session on the rise of AI and what this means for knowledge-acquisition and the continued importance of ‘knowing more’. We’ll also hear from Ofsted about what a knowledge-rich curriculum means to them, and how schools can benchmark their own curriculum against the national curriculum.

Summer 2024 also marks a decade since the reforms to the national curriculum. We’ll hear from leading architects of the current national curriculum who will reflect on what’s worked well, what could have been better, and lessons for any future curriculum reforms.

Remember more: what the science of learning can tell us about curriculum sequencing, and – crucially – how school leaders can help their subject leads use cognitive science to inform or reflect on their own curriculum sequences. With leading experts in the science of learning, we’ll ask how we can help students remember what they’ve been taught through deliberate curriculum design.

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Tom Middlehurst

Curriculum, Assessment and Inspection Specialist

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Julia Harnden

Funding Specialist

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Julie McCulloch

Director of Policy

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Caroline Lowing

Head of School, Thornden School and ASCL Council member

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Peps Mccrea

Director of Education at Steplab and author

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Tim Oates CBE

Director of Assessment Research and Development Cambridge Assessment  (University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate)

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Professor Rose Luckin

Professor at University College London and Founder of Educate Ventures Research (EVR)

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Dr Richard Kueh

Deputy Director, Schools and Early Education, Ofsted

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Loic Menzies

Visiting Fellow, Sheffield Institute of Education, and Senior Research Associate, Cambridge University

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Bennie Kara

Author and speaker on curriculum diversity

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£275+VAT for one delegate

£247.50+VAT per person for two or more delegates

08.30       Registration, exhibition and refreshments
09.25       Welcome
Tom Middlehurst, Curriculum Assessment and Inspection Specialist 
        Doing More
09.30       Integrated Curriculum Financial Planning (ICFP): Does it still have a place in 2024?
Julia Harnden, Funding Specialist
10.00       Planning a rich extra-curricular offer
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10.30       Refreshment break and exhibition
        Knowing More
10.50       How to embed a knowledge rich curriculum
Caroline Lowing, Head of School, Thornden School
11.20       Diversifying the Curriculum – practical steps for schools
Bennie Kara, Education Consultant
11.50       What does a knowledge rich curriculum mean to Ofsted?
Dr Richard Kueh HMI, Deputy Director, Schools and Early Education
12.20       Why AI means we need to know more, not less
Professor Rose Luckin, University College London
12.50       Lunch and exhibition
        Remembering More
13.35       Evidence informed learning design
Peps McCrea, Director of Education, Steplab and Author
14.35       Refreshment break and exhibition
14.50       10 years on: The 2014 National Curriculum – what went well, even better if and what next?
Tim Oates CBE, Director of Assessment, Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment
Loic Menzies, Visiting Fellow, Sheffield Institute of Education
Facilitated by Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy
15.30       Closing remarks

Suitable for senior curriculum leads, headteachers and principals in primary, secondary and post-16 phases. 

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