Westminster Education Forum

The future of England’s school system: grammar and faith schools, the role of universities and the independent sector, and priorities for multi-academy trusts

Tuesday, 12th September 2017

Central London


This timely seminar will focus on the future for England’s school system, discussing key proposals made in the Government’s recent Education Green Paper and the expected Government response.

Delegates will consider proposals in the consultation - such as allowing new grammar schools to open; removing the admissions cap for faith schools based on pupils’ religious belief and changing the roles for independent schools and universities within the school system - addressing key areas of concern, exploring issues around implementation and assessing the likely impact on the wider school system.

Following the recent Education Select Committee report into MATs which expressed concern about their effectiveness and performance, further sessions will assess priorities for them going forward exploring issues around accountability, governance and sustainability as they continue to play a significant role within the school system.

Guest of Honour

Sir David Carter

National Schools Commissioner, Department for Education

Guest of Honour

Sir David Carter

National Schools Commissioner, Department for Education

Keynote Speaker

Sean Coughlan

Education Correspondent, BBC News


Lord Griffiths of Burry Port


Lee Coley

Partner, Stone King

Geoff Barton

General Secretary Designate, ASCL

Maggie Kalnins

Head of Governance Services, Hackney Learning Trust

Mike Buchanan

Chair, Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference and Headteacher, Ashford School, Kent

Professor Edward Peck

Vice-Chancellor, Nottingham Trent University

Jim Skinner

Chief Executive, Grammar School Heads Association

Senior speaker confirmed from NAHT

Peter Taylor

Assistant Director (Education), Catholic Education Service