Introducing Scott Quinnell, former Welsh rugby international and keynote speaker at the Cornerstones Curriculum Conference

The Cornerstones Curriculum Conference is fast approaching, with final preparations underway for what's going to be a great day of information and good practice sharing.

We’re especially thrilled to be welcoming Welsh rugby international, Scott Quinnell, as our keynote speaker on the day.

Professional rugby career

Rugby has always been a huge part of Scott’s life as he's the son of rugby union legend Derek Quinnell and the nephew of Barry ‘The King’ John.

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Scott in action on the playing field.

Scott started playing at Llanelli Juniors at the age of 8 and began his career at Llanelli Scarlets, where he played his first game at 18. He pursued his professional rugby career at Wigan while also playing for the Welsh Rugby League, though he made his return to Union after the code went professional, joining Richmond alongside his brother Craig. Scott eventually returned to his beloved Scarlets, relishing the opportunity to be back at home in his precious Scarlets jersey.

Injury cut his professional playing career short however, so he began coaching the under 21 team and the Llanelli RFC squad instead, taking home some serious silverware for the club.

Scott played for Wales a total of 52 times during his career, scoring 12 tries, as well as playing for the Barbarians and as part of the British Lions team on two tours.

Media and charity work

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Scott now devotes his time to media and charity work.

Scott now works in the media and is regularly seen on such programmes as Sky Sports, The One Show, A Question of Sport and Soccer AM. He has also appeared on TV and radio as a commentator, covering events like the Rugby World Cup and Lions tours.

When he’s not working in the media, he devotes his time to giving motivational speeches all over the world on the subject of dyslexia and learning difficulties, and has even spoken in the Houses of Parliament on three separate occasions. His speeches about coping with dyslexia have helped to inspire teachers, pupils and parents alike.

Scott is also a patron of a number of charities, including the Prince's Trust, the Make a Wish foundation and the Welsh Dyslexic Association.

Cornerstones Curriculum Conference

We’re delighted to have Scott join us at our first ever curriculum conference and we’d love to see you there too!

The conference takes place on Friday 18th November at the Village Hotel Club in Swansea. It’s your opportunity to hear more about the most recent changes to the Welsh curriculum and to find out how Cornerstones can support your school with implementing change.

The day will feature a balance of information and good practice sharing, subject workshops and networking. To see the agenda for the day and for details of all the workshop sessions, download our information pack.

And what's more, it’s completely FREE to all schools using Cornerstones products so book your place online now or call us on 03333 20 8000.

To find out why we chose Scott as our keynote speaker, see our previous blog post.


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