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Webinar: Developing an Inclusive, Accessible and Ambitious Curriculum

  • Webcasts
  • 14 Oct 2021
WSS past event

This three-part series aimed at secondary practitioners explores how to make the curriculum inclusive, accessible and ambitious for all pupils. The series explores the curriculum from the perspective of curriculum and subject leads, Ofsted and most importantly learners. 

Each session shares ideas, approaches and case studies of best practice in how schools have created and developed ambitious curriculum pathways for students with SEND.

Part 1 - The Secondary Curriculum from an Ofsted Perspective

This session explores how the curriculum can be inclusive, accessible and ambitious for all students. Chris Pollitt HMI looks at curriculum through the lens of the EIF sharing expectations and implications for colleagues responsible for curriculum and subject areas.

Part 2 - Curriculum Design: Putting Inclusion and SEND at the Heart of our Curriculum

This session looks at ways in which curriculum and subject leads can place SEND and Inclusion at the heart of all they do. Speakers share examples of best practice and explore whole-school approaches to creating an accessible, inclusive and aspirational curriculum. This session features guest speakers Dr Nic Crossley and Ryan Purdy.

Part 3 - How Can Subject Leads Ensure High-Quality Teaching in their Subjects

This session focuses on a range of subjects with experienced subject leads discussing how they have led the development of their curriculum design. Speakers identify practical ways they have supported teachers to be confident in adapting their teaching to meet the needs of students with SEND. This session features guest speaker Rachel Cosgrove.

Please scroll down to access the recordings and presentation slides from all sessions in this series. 

The following handouts are also available below:

  • Relevant infographics (Dr Nic Crossley, Astrea Academy Trust)
  • SEND Curriculum Planning Sheet (Dr Nic Crossley, Astrea Academy Trust)
  • Inclusive Curriculum Process Map (Ryan Purdy, Astrea Academy Dearne) 
  • Inclusive Curriculum Blank Template (Ryan Purdy, Astrea Academy Dearne) 
  • Inclusive Curriculum Worked Subject Examples (Ryan Purdy, Astrea AcademyDearne)  


Suitable for: Assistant Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher, Head Teacher, Inclusion Manager/Leader, Newly Qualified Teacher, SENCO, Senior Leader, Teacher

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Chris Pollitt HMI

Chris Pollitt is one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors for schools and a Specialist Lead for Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.

Chris Pollitt is a qualified teacher and has achieved a NPQH. Before working for Ofsted, Chris gained extensive senior management experience as a headteacher, deputy headteacher, assistant headteacher and middle leader in several mainstream and special schools. His responsibilities included school improvement, self-evaluation and working with individual departments to raise the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. Chris has also been a school governor in a number of schools and a partnerships consultant for a teaching school alliance.

Dr Nicola Crossley

Dr Nic Crossley is Director of Inclusion at Astrea Academy Trust. 

A research graduate from the University of Exeter, Nicola is Executive Director for Inclusion at Astrea. Her role involves working with schools to enhance the learning experience for all vulnerable learners; but particularly those who are disadvantaged and/or have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Her specialist interest areas are Autism and Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and she is passionate about improving provision in these areas, in particular.

Her previous experience is varied having worked across Primary, Secondary, Mainstream and Specialist provision. She has worked as a Consultant Principal to two Special schools and as a School Inspector and has also written and led leadership development training for middle and senior leaders in Primary, Secondary and Special Education in England, Wales and Jersey. Her areas of professional expertise include: school improvement through action planning and impact analysis, evaluating the effectiveness of targeted interventions, and leadership development through coaching and mentoring.

With a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management, a Masters in Practice-Based Educational Research and a Doctorate in Education, Nicola has supported schools to develop their own research-based practice. Her research interests include: the impact of government reform on conceptualisations of professionalism through the lens of critical discourse analysis and factors which contribute to academic underachievement in children of compulsory school age in England.

Nicola is co-author of [Inclusion: A Principled Guide for School Leaders] and is an Honorary Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick

Ryan Purdy

Ryan Purdy is Director of SEND at Astrea Academy Dearne, with a number of years' experience as a Secondary SENDCo, Literacy Co-ordinator and Teacher of English. Ryan is also the lead for the Dearne Area Pyramid group of schools, a SEND Link Governor and a member of the Local Area SEND Improvement Group for Barnsley. He has achieved a Post Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs Co-ordination and also a Masters in Education through Sheffield Hallam University. 

Rachel Cosgrove

Rachel Cosgrove studied Zoology before training to teach and has over 25 years of experience across primary, special and secondary schools. As a highly effective secondary SENCo and Assistant Head Teacher, she created innovative provision for vulnerable groups including a successful foundation science pathway.  

Rachel is a trained and experienced SEND reviewer and is a nasen associate.  As an education consultant she works with primary and secondary schools to develop inclusive practise. Rachel works with Oxfordshire Virtual School for Children We Care For and champions attachment and trauma informed practice. As a well-respected conference speaker and workshop facilitator, she enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge with teachers, student teachers and support staff.  

Rachel is author of the book ‘Inclusive Teaching in a Nutshell’, which was published in July 2021 and is a jam-packed guide to all things inclusive for mainstream teachers in any setting.


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