New inspection framework the key theme to 2020 Curriculum Conference

This year the AoC Sport Curriculum Conference brought together more than 150 delegates, speakers and exhibitors from across the sport and physical activity sector to focus on the key themes of the new Education Inspection Framework.

The conference, sponsored by Active IQ, was opened by AoC Chief Executive David Hughes before Richard Benyon HMI, delivered his keynote speech to a packed room.

He talked about the ‘golden thread’ between intent, implementation and impact of Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) and that “Impact is driven by the shape and integrity of the curriculum.”

A four-person employer panel then followed, chaired by David Hughes giving insight into the future workplace and students’ employability skills.

The panel was made up of Barry Horne, Chief Executive at the Activity Alliance, Hannah Crane, Director of Workforce & Employability at StreetGames, Daniel Mayhew, Career Coach at University College of Football Business (UCFB) and Luke Green, Workforce Development Officer at Leicestershire & Rutland Active Partnership.

Topics of discussion included educating the sector on how to engage with disabled people, the rapidly changing world of work, the need to offer relevant opportunities and to also take students outside their comfort zone.

Jason Gunningham, Assistant Principal at Bridgwater & Taunton College said: “The conference demonstrates the power sport plays and how the sports department can contribute to the wider college inspection grade. “

Breakout sessions were delivered by the likes of Active IQ, CIMSPA and Sports Leaders, as well as a number of individual colleges who shared their experiences of being inspected under the new EIF . Topics covered personal development tracking, utilising labour market intelligence to shape the curriculum offer, techniques to improve exam results and the latest research to support teaching and learning.

Joanne Neal, PE & Sports Science Teacher at John Leggott College attended the conference for the first time and said: “It’s been a good insight about the new qualifications for September. The conference came at a good time for colleges who are making some key decisions in the next few weeks.”

Rachel Walker, AoC Sport Policy & Projects Officer commented ‘We would like to thank Active IQ for once again sponsoring the Curriculum Conference, as well as all the delegates, speakers and exhibitors who made the day such a great occasion. We look forward to seeing you all again next year’.

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