The What and the How: Designing a Progressive Secondary English Curriculum


Ofsted’s curriculum research findings have emphasised the importance of ‘powerful knowledge’ within a clearly sequenced and progressive curriculum. This has generated lively conversation and debate amongst English specialists and organisations leading us to ask: How can we design a sequenced English curriculum with clear lines of progression – without being reductive or overly prescriptive – while preserving the power and integrity of the subject? Victoria Flynn and Jo Kenyon from Hampshire’s Local Authority English Team will explore and exemplify progression, principles and practical approaches to designing a secondary English curriculum, with a strong emphasis on effective transition.

Across two days, over 250 sessions will take place at the Festival. A full timetable of sessions will be available from late May 2019. Until this point we will only be announcing the day(s) sessions will be taking place.