'Curriculum Design & Delivery provides access to an engaging mix of expert speakers and innovative schools from across the primary and secondary sectors. Current speakers and workshop leaders include:


Sean Harris, Teacher, Bede Academy, Northumberland & Doctoral Researcher, University of Teesside, North Yorkshire

Sean is the former North Area Director of Ambition Institute. He returned to the classroom part-time in 2021 and is enjoying being back working with pupils and teachers – despite facemasks, hand sanitizer and bubbles!

Sean is also a part-time doctoral researcher at the University of Teesside; investigating in-school poverty and how we can better understand and tackle this in our classrooms. Find out more about Sean’s research here and via this article he penned for SecEd.

Outside of the classroom and research reading, Sean is a visiting fellow on the Early Career Framework for NQTs and Mentors; he also coaches teachers across the country. He regularly writes for SecEd, Headteacher Update and has featured in The Guardian, TES, BBC News and Positive News. He is passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, family, cycling, education and tackling inequality… not always in this order.


Paul TallentAssistant Vice Principal (Curriculum and UKS2), Bede Academy, Blyth

Since qualifying as an early years teacher in 2012, Paul Tallent has worked across the North East of England as a KS2 teacher, maths specialist with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and senior leader. He has also spent time as an advisor working with the Cayman Islands government to develop their maths curriculum and to coach teachers across all primary phases. Currently, he is Assistant Vice Principal at Bede Academy, an all-through academy in Blyth, with responsibility for curriculum development. During the Covid-19 pandemic, he has also led their response to remote learning and brings with him his experience of curriculum design, development and improvement across a range of subjects.


Paul Haigh, Headteacher, King Ecgbert School, Sheffield

Paul Haigh is Headteacher of King Ecgbert School, a large and high achieving 11-18 comprehensive school in Sheffield. The school holds the World Class Schools Quality Mark and is a DfE EdTech demonstrator school. Paul has a long history in system leadership having led two teaching school projects, set up a DfE maths hub, The Sheffield SCITT and overseen national research projects funded by EEF and Welcome Trust.

He is a published author on education and regular speaker with policy influence up to cabinet level in the past. He is also an editorial consult for SecEd and regular panellist on SecEd Podcasts. Follow him on twitter @paulhaigh.


Bennie Kara, Co-Founder, #DiversEd

Bennie Kara is a deputy headteacher in the East Midlands, specialising in curriculum, teaching and learning. She started her career in the inaugural cohort of Teach First in 2003, teaching English in East London. Since then, she has taught in four London boroughs and in South Oxfordshire, before returning to Derby.

Bennie speaks, writes and trains on diversity in the curriculum. Alongside supporting schools to diversify their curriculum, she is the author of A Little Guide for Teachers: Diversity in Schools (Sage Education). She has written on the subject of diversity for publications such as Schools Week and the Chartered College of Teaching's Education Exchange.

She is a supporter of the grassroots online movements such as @WomenEd, @BAMEednetwork and @LGBTedUK, and has featured as a keynote speaker for @DiverseEd2020 and the Team English National Conference. Bennie is also on the executive team of @SLTchat.


Julie Norman, Executive Primary Lead, Quantock Education Trust, Somerset & Managing Director, SOS Education Consultants, Somerset

Julie Norman has been in education for over 20 years working from early years up to key stage 3. She began teaching the ‘unteachables’ and found that they are very easy to teach when the environment is right. Julie later became an executive headteacher in Somerset looking at ways to cut teacher workload and embed a character curriculum allowing learning to be pupil-led. SOS was born to support thousands of headteachers to do the same. Julie now works with a growing MAT embedding the principles of excellence.


Laura McPhee, Headteacher, Loughborough Primary School, London

Laura McPhee is Headteacher at Loughborough Primary School, Brixton, London. She is also a board member of the Virtual School Management Board and governor at Sellincourt Primary, Wandsworth. Laura has a special interest in education policy, working with third sector organisations including 4Children and more recently social justice charity Nacro.

Read her previous Headteacher Update articles here.


Matt Bromley, Education Author & Advisor, Yorkshire

Matt Bromley is an education writer and advisor with over twenty years' experience in teaching and leadership including as a secondary school headteacher and principal, FE college vice principal and academy trust director. He also works as a public speaker and trainer, and is a primary school governor.

Matt writes for various newspapers and magazines including TES, SecEd, Headteacher Update, SEN Leader, Attendance Matters Magazine, School Business Manager Magazine, and School Inspection + Improvement Magazine.

He is the author of numerous best-selling books for teachers including How to Become a School Leader, The Art of Public Speaking, Teach, Teach 2, Making Key Stage 3 Count, The New Teacher Survival Kit, and How to Lead. His latest book is School & College Curriculum Design 2: Implementation, the second instalment in a three-book series which follows the best-selling Book 1: Intent which garnered several 5* reviews and was called "epic" "brilliant" and "amazing" by readers.

Matt's education blog, voted one of the UK's most influential, receives over 50,000 unique visitors a year.

He regularly speaks at national and international conferences and events, and provides education advice to charities, government agencies, training providers, colleges and multi-academy trusts. He works as a consultant and trainer with several companies including Creative Education, Osiris Educational, Forum Business Media, Keynote Educational, the ETF, Engage Education, and the Association of Colleges. He also provides a wide selection of direct-to-market consultancy and training services through his own company, Bromley Education, which he founded in 2012.

You can follow him on Twitter: @mj_bromley


Dr Robin BevanHeadteacher, Southend High School for Boys, Essex

Robin Bevan is Headteacher at Southend High School for Boys – an ‘outstandingly successful’ school – appointed in September 2007.

Robin serves as National President (2020/21) of the new National Education Union and is as an elected member of the National Executive. He is also a patron of the Institute of School Business Leadership.

A regular presenter in workshops and conferences: he has developed approaches on organisational leadership that have been transformational in school culture. He has a strong commitment to evidence-based practice: applying educational research into the classroom to enhance learning. He completed his doctorate at the University of Cambridge in conjunction with the ESRC’s Teaching & Learning Research Programme; and is a founding fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Robin is a cycling enthusiast, commuter, competitor and coach: he has previously competed in the national student time-trial championships, in the Tour des Alpes, and won several local championship titles. He has been a mentor for young riders, many of whom have competed for Great Britain - securing national, European and world championship titles.


Robbie Burns, Assistant Vice Principal, Bede Academy, Blyth

Robbie is an assistant vice principal for teaching and learning at Bede Academy. Prior to his role, he was a curriculum leader for the humanities subjects and in the space of two years, led history and geography from being non-existent to Quality Mark 'Silver' status in both subjects. He has an MA in education in which his dissertation researched the impact curriculum can have on the attainment of students in disadvantaged contexts and has written widely for a number of publications. Follow him @MrRRBurns and read his blog at How then should we teach? – Attempting to leave no educational stone unturned. (wordpress.com)


Matt Perry, Headteacher, The Halifax Academy, Impact Trust, West Yorkshire

Originally from Northampton, Matt is a history teacher by trade. He has worked in three schools in Bradford before joining The Halifax Academy. He joined in 2016 leading behaviour and safeguarding and he became headteacher in 2018. He is fortunate to have an incredible leadership team who put up with him and are far better at their jobs than he is at his.

He has few remarkable characteristics and has never participated in a triathlon or an iron man competition; although he is quite proud of his chicken curry recipe. He has three wonderful children 4, 7 and 10 who are slightly embarrassed of him and has just had his 20th anniversary with his wife who doesn’t know where it went wrong.


Sanjo Jeffrey, SENCO, Copthall School, London

Sanjo Jeffrey is a Jamaican teacher with over 30 years’ experience across secondary, tertiary, mainstream and alternate provisions. She taught at Wolmer’s Boys’ School for 11 years before venturing into tertiary education as a lecturer in communication. She is presently SENCO at Copthall School and believes that students must obtain the education that meets their needs and broadens their horizons.

A 2009 Sinnott Fellow, she has the distinction of being the International Coordinator of the first pupil referral unit to achieve full International School Award status twice.

She echoes Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche that there is danger in the single story and promotes visibility, representation, inclusion and participation of the ‘other’.

She has completed three Shine night marathons, enjoys camera photography, reading, writing and having a good laugh.


Catharine Wensley, Deputy Headteacher, St Edward's CE Academy, Essex

Catharine is Deputy Headteacher for Curriculum, Learning and Teaching at an 11-18 academy in the outskirts of London. She started there with the headteacher in April 2018, just after the school had gone into special measures and subsequently joined their MAT. Throughout her career, she has chosen roles in challenging settings and has had the privilege of working with young people in a range of schools in and around London.

Her curriculum specialism is English and she has also worked as an English and literacy consultant in several local authorities. The National Curriculum was introduced as Catharine started teaching and she has been involved in curriculum development ever since – both as a consultant where she developed an English and literacy catch-up curriculum for readers in Year 7 and in her current school where the curriculum has been transformed from the ground up.


Anthony David, Executive Headteacher, St Paul's CE Primary Schools & Monken Hadley Primary School, London

Anthony has been a headteacher and executive headteacher for ten years. His experience spans large, inner city schools and small village schools. Anthony is a published writer focusing on school leadership and more recently how to support the growing range of leadership models in the short and medium term. He is deeply passionate about growing leaders and creating a joyful learning environment and experience for the pupils in his school.


Stephen Whitney, Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Transition, The Hazeley Academy, 5 Dimensions Trust, Milton Keynes

Stephen has been an assistant principal at the Hazeley Academy for 5 years, taking him to 20 years of teaching, and has enjoyed having a variety of areas to lead on. These have included Pupil Premium and data and exams before taking on his current focus of curriculum and transition.

As a mathematician Stephen enjoys efficient and effective solutions and believes that these are best found by complementing support and challenge with giving the freedom and confidence to take calculated risks. This is reflected in the values of the school and the 5 Dimensions Trust.  Stephen believes in providing students with a full curriculum that makes them feel positive about their learning journey and being part of a vibrant community of exceptional people.


Andrew Moffatt, Class Teacher, Green Meador Primary School & Personal Development Lead, Excelsior MAT

Andrew Moffat has been a teacher for 25 years and is currently teaching in year 4. He is the author of No Outsiders: Everyone different, everyone welcome and the CEO of the No Outsiders charity. In 2017 Andrew was awarded an MBE for his equality and diversity work and in 2019 he was listed as a top ten finalist in the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize.


Following protests about the inclusion of LGBT equality in his lesson plans in 2019, Andrew was awarded PinkNews Role Model of the Year, and European Diversity Awards Hero of the Year. In the same year, Andrew was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Winchester and in 2020 he was appointed visiting speaker by the University of Sunderland.

www.no-outsiders.com  @moffat_andrew