Conference: Curriculum Excellence – Design, Delivery & Diversity

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

Curriculum design, delivery and diversity will take centre stage at SecEd’s latest best practice conference, which offers a range of practical, advice-driven and evidence-led sessions.

Our Curriculum Excellence event takes place on Friday, June 17, in Birmingham city centre.

Organised by SecEd and our sister magazine Headteacher Update, the event is for both primary and secondary colleagues and features keynotes from Bennie Kara, Sir Tim Brighouse, and Professor Mick Waters.

The conference brings together senior leaders and teachers as well as other experts in curriculum design, inspection, and diversity and inclusion, with a choice of 18 practical sessions – all of which will deliver ideas and strategies that can be adapted and adopted in your school.

Themes for the event include evidence-led practice, curriculum design and delivery, quality assurance, diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI), as well as preparation for Ofsted under the new intent, implementation, impact approach to inspection.

When it comes to DEI across curriculum design and delivery, the event has a dedicated stream for delegates, with eight of the 18 sessions focused on aspects of DEI ranging from decolonisation and diversification to intersectionality and belonging.

The Keynote Presentations

Our opening keynote, which kicks off our DEI stream, will be led by Bennie Kara, a deputy headteacher, co-founder of Diverse Educators and the author of Diversity in Schools. The hour-long keynote will offer a practical guide to diversifying your curriculum.

In this session, Bennie will examine how in diversifying the curriculum we can avoid tokenism and align with curriculum theory and research. She will look at the process of diversifying the curriculum, offering practical tips for how to evaluate your current curriculum (including conducting curriculum reviews or audits) and the key steps in the process.

Bennie will discuss clear, defined and cross-phase/subject strategies that can be applied in adapting the curriculum. The session will be relevant to all primary and secondary colleagues, including key stage 5.

Our afternoon keynote – entitled Curriculum design: Improving on previous best – welcomes the renowned Sir Tim Brighouse and Professor Mick Waters.

In the session, they will highlight the range of ways that professionals in schools can help the curriculum to have impact in their subject, phase, department, school or trust. There will practical discussion and reflection as well as some clear advice and ideas for those leading curriculum design and delivery to consider and use in school.

The Practical Workshops

The conference will also offer 16 practical, 50-minute workshops aimed at primary, secondary or both phases. Seven of these workshops will have a specific DEI theme (highlighted below)

It means that both primary and secondary colleagues attending the event will have a choice of 10 different workshops.

Primary workshops

  • Our Curious Curriculum: Teaching foundation subjects well
  • Addressing the elephant in the room: Decentring whiteness in the classroom (DEI stream)
  • Case study: Diversifying the pupil and staff experience (DEI stream)
  • Placing values at the heart of curriculum design
  • Does your curriculum whisper 'you belong'? (DEI stream)
  • Decolonising assessment practices (DEI stream)

Cross-phase workshops

  • The Meta Curriculum: A research-led approach to curriculum design
  • Curriculum, disadvantage, and misconceptions
  • SEMH & SEN: Ensuring inclusive curriculum delivery (DEI stream)
  • Can you tell me about your curriculum? Developing an outstanding curriculum narrative

Secondary workshops

  • Creating, reviewing, and maintaining your curriculum: A case study from the English department
  • Time well spent: Extending the school day
  • A culture of belonging within a KS3 skills-based curriculum: A roadmap for success (DEI stream)
  • The South Wirral Way: Improving the quality and consistency of curriculum implementation across the whole school
  • Intersectionality in the curriculum and the classroom (DEI stream)
  • Moving to 100-minute lessons: Planning, delivering & evaluating curriculum redesign

This event is designed for those working within the primary or secondary education sectors and is relevant to those involved in leading, designing, delivering and evaluating the curriculum.

The event takes place at The Studio in central Birmingham on June 17 when there will also be networking space and a conference exhibition. Delegate places cost £269 until May 19 and £339 thereafter.


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