School 21 Visit | Thurs 23 June ’22

Culture of innovationEventExpansive curriculum for allRepertoire of pedagogies

In person

Stratford, London
(details shared upon registration)

In person: Thurs 23 June | 8.45 – 16:30

Online (optional): Thurs 21 July | 8:30 – 10:00

Who are School 21 and Big Education?

School 21 is a pioneering 4 to 18 school based in Stratford, East London, supported by Big Education Trust. The aim of the school (founded in 2013) has been to revolutionise the school curriculum and pedagogies with the aim of empowering more students to take on the world and prosper in the 21st century.

At Big Education, we believe that in place of massive inequalities, we need an education system that nurtures the potential of every child from every background. Our mission is to help more schools and more changemakers develop that Big Education – an education of the head (academic success), heart (character and wellbeing), and hand (creativity, problem-solving, making a difference).

An Expansive Curriculum of the Head, Heart and Hand

There is a renewed interest in how we can offer our young people a broader, more expansive, and more engaging curriculum that develops the whole child. This comes from the fresh insights we have learnt from lockdown over this tumultuous last 18 months, as well as the impetus from Ofsted to offer a broader educational offer. There are also the growing requirements of employers for young people to be equipped with a rich balance of knowledge, skills and dispositions. 

This school visit is your chance to find out how School 21 has developed its broad head, heart, and hand curriculum. You’ll see oracy and project based learning in action, engaging with students along the way. 

Enrolling in this course will also give you access to an optional online webinar after the visit. This webinar is an opportunity to connect, share your learnings, and work through practical ideas of how you, and your organisation might develop your own expansive curriculum, suited to your own needs and context.


  1. School Visit, Stratford London: Thurs 23 June | 8.45 – 16:30
  2. Post webinar (optional): Thurs 21 July | 8:30 – 10:00

Our aims

  • The visit to School 21 will give participants the chance to get underneath the curriculum and see it in action.
  • You’ll come away from the course with a set of tools and materials, confidence about satisfying the new Ofsted framework’s needs, and a set of steps for rethinking the curriculum and timetable within the school.
  • The visit and webinar will provide evidence and case studies that will prompt rich conversations within the leadership teams in the school.
  • The aim is for schools and school leaders to be able to analyze their curriculum using a diagnostic tool and then plan a series of next steps which will help to build a more expansive curriculum.

Please note that we offer group discounts to groups sizes 10+, please get in touch at bla@bigeducation.org for more information. We hope to meet you soon!

Meet the facilitator

Joe Pardoe and the School 21 team

Big Education and Former School 21 Leader

Joe Pardoe began his teaching career in Japan and China before completing the Teach First programme (2011) in Hull teaching History and Politics. After moving to School 21 to establish the Humanities Department, he became head of Project Based Learning before moving to a role looking at whole school curriculum innovation. He now works at the Big Education Trust.

Important information

Who is this event aimed at?

Heads, executive heads, timetablers, school leaders, teachers and educators who want to see a different vision for how to develop and implement an expansive curriculum.

How does this event contribute to a Big Education?

Our young people deserve access to a broader, more expansive and more engaging curriculum that develops the whole child, one that is not based solely on academics and test results. The curriculum needs to meet the growing requirements of employers and equip our young people with a rich balance of knowledge, skills and dispositions to help them thrive in the 21st century, while at school and in their lives beyond school.

School 21 Visit | Thurs 23 June ’22

In person

Stratford, London
(details shared upon registration)


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