National Conference 2012

National Conference 2012


Open Futures Annual National Conference

"Apply now for The Open Futures Event of the Year!"

The 2012 Primary Curriculum Conference
Wednesday 11 July 2012

The Hawthorns Stadium, West Bromwich

We invite you to spend the morning with Alison Peacock and Gareth Pimley; An interactive session, which includes examples of school-based curriculum development. Alison and Gareth will suggest how you can move your curriculum forward with confidence, drawing on key evidence about curriculum design in the Cambridge Primary Review. They will encourage you to think deeply about curriculum innovation, the importance of developing teachers' expertise and the strong relationship between breadth, balance and high standards. They will explain why we can look forward to much greater autonomy over the curriculum in the future.

During the afternoon you will be informed, stimulated and challenged by a programme of Open Futures Workshops, which will include:

'fundraising', a tool-kit for schools facilitated by Jamie Scott, Education Consultant and fundraiser & Editor of the Open Futures Fundraising Tool-kit

  • Explore where and how to identify potential sources of funding
  • Consider what motivates people to give and look at fundraising from the perspective of the donor in order to maximise success
  • Use an 'on the spot' fundraising idea to explore what to include in a fundraising proposal and how to write it
  • 'cookit' for children with special needs, facilitated by Mary Isherwood, Headteacher & Allison Taylor, Deputy Head, Camberwell Park Special Support School and Sandra Rayner, Open Futures' 'cookit' Consultant and Trainer

  • Discover how Camberwell Park Special School in Manchester has embraced the 'cookit' and how their journey started
  • Experience hands-on 'cookit' skills
  • Find out how recipes can be adapted for children with special needs so they can access practical cooking sessions
  • 'digit' and archaeological strand facilitated by Charles Davies, Headteacher of Moulescoomb Primary School, Brighton

  • Discover how one school has used archaeological digs to find out about the history and heritage of its site
  • Find out how archaeology can be used to re-create historical building in the school grounds
  • Experience hands-on archaeological activities, using authentic artefacts
  • Tickets are still available at the delegate rate of £180 per person. For a copy of the full Conference Programme and details of how to book, please contact Anna Hodgson,, or telephone the Open Futures office on 01235 533131.