Unleashing the curriculum designer in us all at Secondary

graph image cropped Heather Tydesley, Whole Education Secondary Network Facilitator

“Thank-you for a very inspiring day that has brought my spark back!”

– Feedback from Deputy Headteacher, Curriculum/Teaching and Learning


This year’s Secondary Curriculum Conference, ‘Unleashing the Curriculum Designer in us all‘, had some big questions to answer: If we are to become curriculum designers again, where do we start? And how should the process of innovation be managed? What are others’ doing about assessment and how do we know what is best for students in our schools?

Our host school, Shireland Collegiate Academy, certainly got us off to a good start: their inspirational and bold journey of change to establish a blended curriculum and assessment model that suits their learners encouraged delegates to consider the needs of their own school and what stood in the way of meeting them.

“Real admiration for Shireland’s L4L; it’s a brave and rigorous programme”

– Feedback from Head of Year 7


Network schools shared some brilliant practice in breakout sessions and Sir John Dunford reminded us that KS3 is a really powerful place to deliver a whole education, that we are stronger together in working toward a curriculum that maps skills and qualities onto the development of  knowledge, and finally that we need to ‘stop looking up and start looking out’.

“Refreshed my desire to make the change for my students”

– Vice Principal





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