Curriculum, Recovery and Assessment Conference

Curriculum, Recovery Assessment Conference - May 21

This free conference set out to explore current and considered approaches to assessment and recovery learning in the light of lessons
learned throughout the pandemic. Speakers with national, regional, and relatable individualised perspectives presented their thoughts on the future of assessment and curriculum design in schools.
The conference offered a positive and proactive response to the unique circumstances that have engulfed the sector since March 2020, seeking to reflect upon challenges and opportunities in order to address losses and inequalities, as well as promoting and capitalising on gains and advances where these can be seen.
We invited practitioners and school leaders to rethink assessment and consider the curriculum afresh to best serve the needs of our pupils in a changed and changing world.


Download the Presentation 'Investing in Quality Professional Development for Teachers' - David Weston

Download the Presentation 'Talking about the future: Oracy education sets the tone' - Alex Newton

Download the presentation 'Doing What Works' - Clare Gadsby

Download the presentation 'Assessment, Curriculum and Recovery' - Alan Garnett

Download Mary Myatts Links to resources here

View the presentation here


Speakers Included:

David Weston - CEO Teacher Development Trust

TDT is a national charity for effective professional development in schools and colleges. Having published the influential ‘Developing Great Teaching’ report in 2015, David Weston as CEO, chaired the Expert group which developed the ‘Standard for Teachers Professional Development’ for the DfE in 2016.  TDT works with the entire education sector to promote principles of successful professional development and is a Lead Provider for the new suite of National Professional Qualifications for school leadership. 

David is the founder and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust. Alongside Bridget Clay, he wrote Unleashing Great Teaching: the secrets to the most effective teacher development (2018). David taught maths and physics for ten years in two schools in London and the South East and is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Alex NewtonPartnership and Engagement Lead at Voice21

Voice 21 is a national charity that exists to enable teachers and schools to provide a high-quality oracy education so that all young people can find their voice for success in school and life. As well as development work with schools, Voice 21 have a number of specialist publications to support schools working to develop oracy. The State of Speaking in Our Schools (2016) sets out the case for reform; Transform Teaching and Learning through Talk (2019) puts theory into practice, and ‘The Oracy Benchmarks’ provide a framework for development in school.

Claire Gadsby - Education consultant and author

Claire works with senior leaders and teachers to address whole school development priorities at all phases of education. She is the author of three practical  books for teachers: The Perfect Assessment for Learning (2012); Dynamically Different Classrooms (2019) and A Little Guide for Teachers: Efficient Marking (2020).

Alan Garnett - Headteacher at North Primary School and Nursery, Essex

Alan Garnett has been the proud Headteacher of a community primary school and nursery in the centre of Colchester since 2001. He is also the Essex Branch Secretary of the NAHT. During the pandemic he kept a diary which appeared in the local newspaper every week. The diary is due to be published as a book, with the snappy title, A Headteacher’s Diary, Making It Up as We Go Along, Trying to lead a School Through A Pandemic. His opinion piece, Catch Up – It’s all ambition and no imagination, appeared in Schools Week in March 2021.

Mary Myatt - Education adviser, author, speaker, curator

Mary is an education adviser, writer and speaker renowned for her thoughtful and articulate work on the curriculum and wider school improvement. Drawing on her work with pupils, teachers and leaders, Mary writes and speaks about learning, leadership and the curriculum.

Her extensive collection of published works includes High Challenge, Low Threat (2016); Hopeful Schools (2016) and The Curriculum: Gallimaufry to Coherence (2018). Mary curates Myatt & Co: an online platform with films to support teachers, teaching assistants and school leaders. Mary has been a governor in three schools and a trustee for a Multi-Academy Trust.

She co-founded the RE Quality Mark, is a chair for the Centre for Education and Youth and a member of the curriculum advisory group for Oak National Academy.  Mary maintains that there are no quick fixes and that great outcomes for pupils are not achieved through tick boxes.

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