Reflecting Diversity, Responding to Covid, Preparing for Ofsted


Available On-Demand

An online conference hosted by SecEd and Headteacher Update 

Thank you to everyone who took part in the live sessions on 6th & 7th July 2021.

If you didn't attend the live sessions, you can still register for the conference to watch the recordings on-demand and earn CPD points. The registration fee of £99 + VAT (£118.80) will give you access to the recordings of every session for three months from the live conference date.

There are 15 presentations in total, five are cross-phase, five are primary focused, five are secondary focused.

Conference content

In 2021, schools are facing a range of curriculum challenges. This essential event is designed to offer you solutions, ideas, practical reflections and advice.

  • How should schools adapt their curriculum in light of the varying challenges presented by Covid-19 and the disruption caused by a year of lockdown, disruption and self-isolation?

  • How should schools respond to the Black Lives Matter revolution and how can we ensure our taught curriculum is diverse, inclusive and reflects the communities we serve? How can we “decolonize” our curricula?

  • How should schools continue to prepare for Ofsted’s 2019 inspection framework and its overarching focus on curriculum intent, implementation and impact?

This online conference brings together the latest practice, advice, research evidence, and case studies of curriculum audit, review, design, delivery and evaluation.

The event features phase-specific sessions on reviewing your curriculum and advice on how to create and deliver a diverse curriculum. We have phase-specific advice on our Covid-19 response and how we should approach curriculum delivery from September in the context of the continuing pandemic. There are also sessions focused on Ofsted’s three I’s of intent, implementation and impact, including a keynote.

Other keynotes focus on the impact of poverty on the curriculum – something that has come to the fore during the pandemic – and general best practice in whole-school curriculum design.

The event features four keynote sessions, aimed at both primary and secondary school colleagues:

  1. Planning your curriculum with poverty in mind – the consequences of disadvantage for how you plan and deliver your curriculum
  2. Creating a diverse curriculum - promoting equality and inclusion across subject disciplines
  3. Curriculum implementation and impact – how schools should prepare themselves for Ofsted's inspection framework
  4. Designing a curriculum from reception to GCSE – a case study of coherent and effective curriculum design

The event features eight workshop sessions, four for primary colleagues and four for secondary colleagues


  1. A Covid recovery curriculum for the primary school – what should our curriculum look like from September in the context of the pandemic?
  2. Reforming your curriculum: lessons from the field – a case study of curriculum audit, review and reform
  3. Creating a diverse primary school curriculum – a case study of curriculum revision in the context of diversity, inclusion and equality
  4. Leading curriculum development: a case study of curriculum reform and implementation


  1. Covid recovery curriculum for the secondary school – what should our curriculum look like from September in the context of the pandemic?
  2. Curriculum congruence: aligning values, ethos and what is taught
  3. Decolonising the secondary curriculum – a case study of curriculum revision in the context of diversity, inclusion and equality
  4. Case study: How to conduct a full curriculum review

There are also three bonus sessions available on-demand:

  • Primary: Subject leadership, curriculum design & implementation
  • Secondary: Creating a diverse secondary school curriculum
  • Cross-phase: Equality, inclusion and diversity in the curriculum

All presentations will be available to view on-demand for three months after the conference.

Who should attend?

This event is designed for those working within the primary or secondary education sectors and is relevant to:

  • Headteachers and deputy headteachers
  • Senior leaders with responsibility for curriculum design, Covid-planning and Pupil Premium
  • Pupil Premium coordinators
  • Heads of year and subject leads
  • Education advisors
  • Governors


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