Amy McJennett

Director, English Mastery
Speaking at

Nick Wallace

Director of Curriculum, English Mastery


How to systematically design, develop, implement and evaluate a knowledge-rich curriculum

Over the past few years, the curriculum has taken a more prominent and important role in discussions around schools and education. It is ‘the very substance of education’ (Amanda Spielman, HMCI), yet is ‘rarely given enough time’ (Dylan Wiliam).

So what happens when time and attention is devoted to developing a knowledge-rich curriculum? What impact does a focus on ‘the substance of education’ have on the teaching community? How can curricula integrate principles of cognitive science to deliver meaningful results for students? And how can schools and senior leaders convert principles of curriculum design into a successful enacted curriculum for their students?

This session will offer some answers to these questions.

English Mastery is a curriculum and development programme. Since 2014, they have been developing a knowledge-rich key stage 3 English curriculum. The programme’s mission is to transform the way the subject of English is taught at key stage three in UK classrooms. From September 2018, they will be working to deliver a knowledge-rich English curriculum in with 57 schools across the country.


Amy McJennett is the Director of English Mastery. She has more than a decade of experience as an English teacher, head of English and senior leader in London schools. She has also taught in Rambukkana, Sri Lanka. Amy is a Specialist Leader in Education. She is the co-founder and co-author of the English Mastery programme and led the pilot study across Ark schools. Amy grew up in Redcar, Teesside and studied English Literature at Middlesex University.

Nick Wallace is the Director of Curriculum for English Mastery. He has worked with the team since the pilot launched in 2014. Before then, he was an English teacher in a London school, and is a Teach First alumnus. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Language and Literature.