Leeds for Learning Primary and Secondary Curriculum Conference and Exhibition

Event Dates and Prices

Tuesday 1st March 2022

8.00am – 3.30pm



Maximising impact from your curriculum: making teaching work for all

This day of professional learning will provide primary school leaders and teachers from both primary and secondary settings with the opportunity to have a collective focus on effectively implementing a quality curriculum through exemplary teaching and learning.

Is your curriculum the best that can be offered?
How well do you guarantee that your planned curriculum is the curriculum which the pupils learn?
How well do your teachers effectively assess everyone’s knowledge and understanding?
Are your teachers responsive to meet pupils’ needs and move their learning forward? How do you know? 

We are delighted to welcome a range of international and local educational experts: Dylan Wiliam, Craig Barton, Amanda Thornton Jones, Sir John Townsley, Erica Hiorns and Kathryn Atkins to explore curriculum and responsive teaching. Dylan Wiliam is the globally recognised leading expert on assessment, Craig is the Head of Education at Eedi, Amanda is the Director of Primary Education at Red Kite Learning Trust, Sir John Townsley is the CEO of GORSE academies trust and Kathryn Atkins is an associate school improvement adviser.

The day will also consist of inspirational workshops from local and regional schools and speakers who will share their strategic insights and experiences into curriculum development and responsive teaching.   There will be opportunities to effectively evaluate the imple­mentation of a high-quality curriculum, which will meet the needs of the new Ofsted framework for September 2021.


All of this will take place amongst the excellent facilities of Ralph Thoresby School, Leeds and will be hosted by Leeds City Council School Improvement Team, who have a proven track record of delivering high impact professional learning.

Alongside the Conference, a range of companies and organisations supplying to both Primary and Secondary Education will be displaying their products and services. This event is likely to be very popular and companies wishing to exhibit are urged to contact us to book their space as soon as possible. 


Delegate Registration


Ralph Thoresby School, Holtdale Approach, Leeds LS16 7RX

















Delegates are requested to register using the ‘delegate registration’ button to the left of this page and primary delegates only are asked to select ONE session in each of the workshop options. Workshops will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and, in the event of a workshop being full, delegates will be asked to choose alternatives.

The cost per delegate is:

– £200 for those from schools that have a 5-day or 10-day support package or are members of the Leading Learning Partnership.
An additional full day delegate place from the same school is £100 (SLA)

– £250 for those from other schools.
An additional full day delegate place from the same school is £120 (non SLA)

Schools will be invoiced directly from Leeds City Council following the event.

Event Speakers

Amanda Thornton Jones

Amanda Thornton Jones

Amanda Thornton Jones is the Director of Primary Education for the Red Kite Learning Trust, for which she has responsibility for the development and improvement of the primary schools. She works with each school individually, in and across local groupings to secure high-quality provision. She provides an oversight of standards and quality across the schools. Amanda has 30 years of primary education experience and a proven track record of school improvement, having gained many years’ experience employed as a School Improvement Consultant for Leeds and Stockport advisory services. In 2015, she was appointed Headteacher of a Primary School and Nursery in Tameside, Manchester. Amanda had an active role as an Associate Headteacher within Tameside and worked with the Local Authority to provide training for senior leaders. Amanda’s current role also supports the Red Kite Alliance primary schools, delivering and brokering training and development opportunities for these schools and their staff.
Craig Barton

Craig Barton

Craig Barton loves teaching, doing, speaking and thinking about mathematics. He taught maths in secondary schools for 15 years, and was TES Maths Adviser for 10 years. He is now the Head of Education at Eedi. Craig is also the author of the best-selling books “How I wish I’d taught maths” and "Reflect, Expect, Check, Explain", the host of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, and the creator of far too many websites, including mrbartonmaths.com, diagnosticquestions.com, variationtheory.com, ssddproblems.com, dqaday.com and mathsvenns.com. In 2020 he was appointed as Visiting Fellow at the Mathematics Education Centre at the University of Loughborough. Craig has been lucky enough to teach maths and work with teachers all over the world. His two proudest achievements are convincing Kate to marry him, and being the father to our wonderful boy, Isaac.
Dylan Wiliam

Dylan Wiliam

Dylan Wiliam is Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at University College London. In a varied career, he has taught in urban public schools, directed a large-scale testing program, served a number of roles in university administration, including Dean of a School of Education, and pursued a research program focused on supporting teachers to develop their use of assessment in support of learning.
Erica Hiorns

Erica Hiorns

Erica is the 0-19 Lead in Learning Improvement at Leeds City Council. She spent 25 years as a secondary French teacher and the last eleven of those as a senior leader. Her work takes her into many different schools where she observes lessons in a range of subjects.
Kathryn Atkins

Kathryn Atkins

Kathryn has twenty years of experience of headship in three contrasting Primary schools in Leeds. She has also worked for the local authority as a School Improvement Partner and is currently employed as an associate School Improvement Adviser in Leeds. Kathryn is passionate about developing leaders of the future and facilitates the curriculum leaders’ network.
Sir John Townsley

Sir John Townsley

Sir John joined Morley High School as its Headteacher in 2003. Prior to that he was Deputy Headteacher at The King’s School, Pontefract and Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley. Whilst at The King’s School he led a team of teachers who spent a year developing and writing Positive Discipline which is now the dominant behaviour framework across schools in England. Under his leadership Morley High School was judged as Outstanding in 2009, and then again as The Morley Academy in 2013. In 2007 he led a critical intervention at Rodillian High School which was successful in forming the foundation stone upon which the school has continued to thrive and build. In 2009 Sir John was asked to intervene at Farnley Park High School which was at that point in crisis. The Farnley Academy was the first of the GORSE academies to be transformed from Inadequate to Outstanding in only three years. The trust has now pushed forward, opening an exciting range of free schools and playing a major role in challenging underperformance and creating exciting learning opportunities for children and young people in some of the most disadvantaged parts of the Leeds city region. Sir John was honoured for his services to education in the New Year’s Honours list of 2015.
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Event Exhibitors

ArtForms - Arts Development
ArtForms Music/Leeds Music Education Partnership
Commando Joe's
KRCS Group
Leeds City Council 0-19 School Improvement Team
Sam Learning
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