Westminster Education Forum

Priorities for independent schools: partnerships, standards and the impact of Brexit

Morning, Wednesday, 5th December 2018

Central London


This seminar will examine key challenges for the independent school sector in England - looking at partnerships with the state sector, the sector’s position post-Brexit and independent school standards, as the Government consults on new advice and enforcement action.

It follows the Government’s recent response to its Schools that work for everyone consultation, which called for more independent schools to sponsor academies and enter into sustainable partnerships with state schools in curriculum design, teaching and leadership.

Delegates will discuss how the practical challenges for establishing these partnerships might be addressed, and what more might be done to encourage the sharing of best practice between the sectors, as encouraged by the Government.

Attendees will also consider strategies for ensuring that British independent schools retain their competitive position post-Brexit - looking at how best to improve the international student experience and offer employment packages that continue to attract talented European teachers.

Further sessions examine the opportunities for establishing campuses overseas, as the Government seeks to increase the value of UK education exports - looking at the challenges maintaining quality, promoting and protecting the school brand, and recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers and school leaders.

The seminar will also follow the Government’s consultation on Operating the independent school regulatory system, and will be an opportunity to examine how independent schools can continue to maintain high standards in the quality of education; the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils; and student welfare and safety.

Guest of Honour

Barnaby Lenon

Chairman, Independent Schools Council

Guest of Honour

Barnaby Lenon

Chairman, Independent Schools Council

Keynote Speaker

Kate Richards

Chief Inspector, Independent School Inspectorate


Lord Lucas

Officer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment

Lord Griffiths of Burry Port


Caroline Jordan

Headmistress, Headington School, Oxford

Nalini Cook

Business Development Manager, UK, Europe, Middle East and India, ISC Research

Ben Cahill-Nicholls

Director of Social Responsibility, Charterhouse

Dominic Morse

Director, Morse Webb Architects

Tom Arbuthnott

Director of Outreach and Partnership, Eton College

Rhiannon Cutler

Director, Baines Cutler Solutions

Ian Davenport

Chief Executive Officer, Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation

Deborah Leek-Bailey

Director, DLB Leadership Associates and former Chair, Independent/State School Partnership Forum

Vanessa Miner

Managing Director, Gabbitas Education

Colin Bell

Chief Executive Officer, COBIS

Nicolas Groffman

Partner, Head of International Team, Harrison Clark Rickerbys