This seminar will examine the future of England’s school system, with discussion centered around:
- Latest policy initiatives on driving forward school improvement and raising attainment - including the development of teaching school hubs;
- Next steps for free schools; and
- The impact of selective school expansion and partnerships between state, independent schools and universities.
The conference will be an opportunity to consider the successful applications for the next wave of Free Schools across 30 areas of the country, with the final announcement of the next wave of schools expected in the autumn.
The role of high performing schools in supporting their counterparts through a collaborative model will also be discussed.
It takes place with the Government having recently launched a pilot study which aims to simplify the way schools help each other to improve, through the creation of nine Teaching School Hubs which will each contain 200-300 schools.
Delegates will look at the initial findings of the pilots being launched this September - as well as what works more widely in delivering school improvement through school to school support.
Following the recent publication of Ofsted’s new inspection framework delegates will also look at the future inspection of outstanding schools - with recent concern around the decline in the number of schools rated as outstanding following re-inspections.