Conference: Curriculum excellence – design, delivery and diversity

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

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

Our Curriculum Excellence event takes place online on January 17, 18 and 19. Organised by Headteacher Update and our sister magazine SecEd, the event is for both primary and secondary colleagues and features three keynotes, including 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 15 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 offers six sessions focused on aspects of DEI ranging from decolonisation and diversification to intersectionality and belonging.

Keynote Presentations

Our opening keynote will be led by Bennie Kara, a deputy headteacher, co-founder of Diverse Educators and the author of Diversity in Schools. The session 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.

A second 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 third keynote of the event looks at The Meta Curriculum: A research-led approach to curriculum design. The Meta Curriculum project has transformed how a number of schools within the The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT) talk about curriculum development. Delegates will be able to find out more.

The Practical Workshops

The conference will offer a further 12 practical sessions aimed at primary, secondary or both phases.

  • Curriculum, disadvantage, and misconceptions
  • Time well spent: Extending the school day
  • Case study: Diversifying the pupil and staff experience (DEI)
  • A culture of belonging within a KS3 skills-based curriculum: A roadmap for success (DEI)
  • Does your curriculum whisper 'you belong'? (DEI)
  • Can you tell me about your curriculum? Developing an outstanding curriculum narrative
  • Creating, reviewing, and maintaining your curriculum: A case study from the English department
  • SEMH & SEN: Ensuring inclusive curriculum delivery (DEI)
  • The South Wirral Way: Improving the quality and consistency of curriculum implementation across the whole school
  • Decolonising assessment practices (DEI)
  • Placing values at the heart of curriculum design
  • Intersectionality in the curriculum and the classroom (DEI)

The event takes place online. Delegate places cost £199. For full programme information and to book, visit or call 020 7501 6796.

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