Curriculum Conference: Latest developments and preparing for change

30 November 2021

As we emerge from the shadow of lockdowns, remote learning and delivering the curriculum online, we quickly realise the huge impact of this crisis on schools, educators and suppliers. 


10am - 4pm


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1 Drummond Gate
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From £150+VAT+fees

As we emerge from the shadow of lockdowns, remote learning and delivering the curriculum online, we quickly realise the huge impact of this crisis on schools, educators and suppliers. 

The impact of the pandemic will be one of the defining features in the coming years with the growing need to provide avenues of support to schools and educators. 

As a response to the pandemic and the challenges of Covid-19 on education, the government announced a financial recovery package accompanied by the National Tutoring Programme. Other Initiatives Included the DfE's Get Help with Technology Programme, EdTech Demonstrator Programme and the Oak National Academy. In turn, Ofsted published a report into remote education and started a new series of subject reviews.  

Join BESA's Curriculum Conference to understand the impact of the pandemic on the curriculum, understand the assessment measures, explore diversity and Inclusion Issues. The event will also look at the next steps for Ofsted and what they mean for your organisation.  

The conference will provide a forum through which key policymakers, education research bodies, parliamentarians and suppliers can meet to discuss what lies ahead. The Conference will see keynotes and panel sessions hosted at a venue in Victoria.  


  • Stephen Adcock, Deputy Director of Secondary Academies, United Learning
  • Ian Bauckham CBE, Chair, Ofqual, Chair, Project Board Oak National Academy
  • Dr Jennifer Blunden, Chief Executive, Truro and Penwith Academy Trust
  • Dr Laura Colucci-Gray, Senior Lecturer in Science and Sustainability Education, University of Edinburgh
  • John Galloway, Advisory Teacher for ICT, SEN and Inclusion, Tower Hamlets
  • Andrew Hammond, Senior Director of Learning and Community, Discovery Education
  • Emily Hobson, Lead of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Behaviour for Primary, Oasis Community Learning
  • Lord Jim Knight, Former Minister of State for Schools, Chair of trustees E-Act Multi-Academy Trust
  • Andrew Lagden, Education Consultant (chair)
  • Ruth Maisey, Programme Head, Education, Nuffield Foundation
  • Kerry-Jane, Packman, Executive Director of Programmes, Membership and Charitable Services, ParentKind
  • Steve Rollett, Deputy Chief Executive, Confederation of School Trusts
  • Emma Slater, Director of Education, GCSEPod
  • Mo Wiltshire, Director of Education & Youth and Designated Safeguarding Lead, Stonewall
  • Suha Yassin, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lead, Pearson
  • More speakers to be announced


09.30-10.00: Registration 

10.00-10.10: Welcome

10.10-10.40: Understanding the curriculum and adapting to changing times

  • Rebuilding a ‘new normal’ in the education system and adapting the curriculum.  
  • The Government Education Recovery Plan: lessons learnt and key priorities moving forward. 
  • The future role of technology in schools to improve social mobility and accessibility.
10.40-11.40: Context of today: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the curriculum
  • Assessing government policy for education recovery: the National Tutoring Programme, catch up initiatives and funding support.
  • Building mental health, wellbeing and resilience into your curriculum.
  • Assessing the use of resources and EdTech during the pandemic.
  • Working with parents and the wider community: a constructive context for teaching and learning.

11.40-12.10: Coffee break

12.10-12.40: Assessment measures under the curriculum 

  • Impact of Covid-19 on exams: adapting the system for awarding grades for GCSEs, AS and A-levels, to meet the challenges created by the pandemic
  • Looking ahead: Proposed changes to the assessment of in 2022
  • Assessing the future role of technology and tech-driven changes in the qualifications market
  • Exploring challenges for specific subject areas and options for new approaches

12.40-13.30: Improving diversity and inclusion in the curriculum design and delivery

  • Ensuring diversity and inclusion: designing and delivering subjects within a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Tailoring a curriculum to SEND and LGBT pupils
  • Developing soft skills and coherent approach: the importance of debating, working in teams and critical thinking
  • Keeping safe online and offline: safeguarding and the importance of dialogue

13.30-14.30: Lunch

14.30-15.00: Next steps for Ofsted: measuring quality, raising standards and improving outcomes

  • Exploring the impact of school closures and the experience of remote learning  
  • Understanding the changes to the Inspection Framework post-Covid-19 
  • Evaluating new and exiting policies and procedures around safeguarding 
  • Ofsted subjects reviews: everything you need to know 
  • Ofsted Annual Report 2020/21 - key findings (TBC)

15.00-15.55: Moving forward: the future of the curriculum.

  • Best practice in the effective use of resources: ensuring well delivered and engaging lessons plans
  • Addressing the disadvantage gap and the regional disparities in educational attainment
  • International examples: recovery strategies and approaches from abroad
  • EdTech and blended learning: the future use of technology to support in-person lessons
  • Next steps for the environmentally focused curriculum

15.55-16.00: Closing remarks

This event is open to BESA members, Launchpad companies and non-members

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