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Curriculum expert to lead English work

Published on 26/01/17

A leading curriculum expert is the latest prominent education thinker to join the Inspiration Trust's growing team of subject specialists.

Summer Turner, currently director of teaching and learning at East London Science School, will join the Norfolk-based schools group as subject specialist leader for English in September.

The new role will see Ms Turner working with schools to develop the English curriculum from primary through to sixth form, as well as playing a key part in establishing professional development for teachers through the Trust's new teaching school.

Ms Turner is a leading voice in the education community, speaking at at conferences and debates such as The Telegraph Festival of Education, ResearchEd and WomenEd.

Her highly acclaimed book Secondary Curriculum and Assessment Design, published in September last year, won praise for its focus on developing curriculum and assessment, and features practical examples of how to develop leaders and teachers in this neglected area of school professional development.

"The Inspiration Trust is a thinking teacher’s dream: they are approaching curriculum in the best way possible, through a combination of expertise, research and action. I’m hugely excited to join them at the start of this intellectual journey," said Ms Turner.

"Every child and every English teacher deserves an English curriculum drenched with knowledge: to know the writers and texts which have shaped our cultural identity; to have experienced the joy of learning poetry and great speeches by heart; to have a firm grasp of the chronology of our literature and language and to have a command of this language which will empower them in their future.

"I look forward to working with fellow subject experts to help schools and leaders develop curriculum which matches these aspirations."

Ms Turner said she was particularly pleased to be helping improve education in East Anglia, where she has strong family connections.

"On the beaches of Norfolk as a child I read many of the books which helped form who I am today. It feels right that I return to help the future generations discover the books that will change their lives," she said.

Ms Turner will be working closely with the Trust's director of education, Christine Counsell.

"It is great to welcome Summer to the trust family, bringing both passion for her subject and very practical, research-based approaches to sharing that with our young people," said Mrs Counsell.

"As part of our subject specialist team she will be integral to further honing the knowledge of our teaching staff, who are already delivering some of the best student progress in the country. She will help us to improve classroom practice, both within our Trust schools and more widely as part of our teacher training, research, and professional development work."