Curriculum and Assessment Conference


Diane Rochford – Chair Rochford Review &  Headteacher, John F Kennedy Academy.
Katie Noon & Rachel Barker – Dorothy Goodman School
Steve Phillips & Julie Stephens – Independent SEND Consultants.
Jo Egerton – Schools Research Consultant, Engagement for Learning.
Karen Lewis – Headteacher, Fairfields School.

In September 2017, the DfE published ‘Primary school pupil assessment: Rochford Review recommendations’.

The headline outcome of this was the removal of P scales from 2018-19 in favour of pre-key stage standards for pupils engaged in subject specific learning and the trial in 2017-18 of the use of 7 areas of engagement for assessing cognition and learning for pupils not engaged in subject-specific learning; with pupils continuing to be assessed using P scales until 2019-20.

In November 2018 the DfE published ‘Piloting the seven aspects of engagement for summative assessment: qualitative evaluation.’ The report stated that an expert group, led by Diane Rochford, will now refine the approach based on the findings of the pilot, ready for its introduction for pupils not in subject-specific study from 2020.

Diane Rochford will, in her keynote speech, reflect on the pilot and consider ‘what next?’ Jo Egerton’s workshop will examine approaches in using the engagement profile tool in schools.

In 2018 the OFSTED has set out how it plans to put the curriculum at the heart of its new inspection framework. OFSTED found that curriculum quality may be linked to a number of factors; this included having a clear purpose for assessment.  Karen Lewis  explores what to report to key stakeholders when demonstrating the impact of your curriculum.

Workshops will also examine possible implications of the proposed EIF for 2019 and how this might look for pupils engaged in non-subject and pre-subject specific learning. Steve Phillips and Julie Stephens consider curriculum intent for non subject specific learning through play (P1-P4); whilst Katie Noon and Rachel Barker look at standards for pupils at key stages 3 & 4 in the context of ‘quality of education’.

Conference Programme

 8.30am – 9.30 am Coffee & registration

9.30am Chairman’s introduction and welcome – Richard Hirstwood.

9.40am – 10.40am Keynote by Diane Rochford: ‘An overview of the implications brought about as a result of the Rochford Review and the Engagement Project Pilot’

10.40am – 11.00am TEA/COFFEE & networking

11.00am – 12.00pm ‘Curriculum intent, implementation and impact: delivering non-subject specific learning through play for key stages one and two.’ – Steve Phillips & Julie Stephens

12.00pm – 1pm ‘Standards for pupils at key stages 3 & 4 in the context of ‘quality of education’ – Katie Noon & Rachel Barker

1pm – 2pm Lunch & networking

2pm – 3pm ‘Demonstrating the impact of your curriculum – what to consider when reporting to key stakeholders’ – Karen Lewis

3pm TEA & networking

3.15 – 4.15pm ‘Engagement for learning – using the Engagement Profile’ – Jo Egerton

4.15pm Plenary & Close of day – Steve Phillips & Richard Hirstwood


When and where?

29 March 2019 – London

Who should attend?

This will be appropriate for senior leaders, middle leaders and classroom practitioners from special schools and colleges, mainstream settings with SEND provision & specialist SEN provision and early years settings, who are working with pupils with PMLD/CLDD & Autism.


Early Bird Tickets £295 plus VAT per place, until 15 February 2019.  Standard Tickets £325 plus VAT after 15 February 2019.

Course Notes.

All pertinent conference presentations & documents will be available at

Times and housekeeping.

We begin from 8.30am for coffee and registration. Presentations begin at 9.30am with close of day at 4.15pm. Refreshments and a lovely lunch are provided!


Central London.