Morning, Thursday, 18th January 2018
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This timely seminar examines next steps in the policy drive to raise educational attainment and improve social mobility in England.
The seminar takes place in the context of:
- Government’s announcement of £72m in funding to improve social mobility through education in 12 opportunity areas which are considered to be cold spots for social mobility;
- Recent publication of delivery plans for the first 6 opportunity areas outlining the vision and priorities for each area;
- Release of a DfE-commissioned study raising concerns that the opportunity areas scheme had unrealistic expectations; and
- Appointment of an Evidence Champion by Government to ensure intelligence is shared effectively across the 12 areas.
It will also be an opportunity to discuss latest findings from the Social Mobility Commission’s annual State of the Nation report, which last year recommended that all schools in the 10 lowest performing local authorities take part in programmes to ensure that none of them are Ofsted-rated as inadequate and all are progressing to ‘good’ by 2020. Delegates will discuss key issues for the implementation of opportunity area plans - including the configuration and coordination of the individual local partnership boards; measures to evaluate progress and ensure accountability of the initiative; and steps to closer align the education system with the needs of the labour market. Further discussion will assess priorities for raising educational attainment more widely, examining best practice initiatives and their scope for transferability in addition to the effectiveness of university-school and education-business partnerships as well as research schools, such as the 11 selected to support the opportunity areas.