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

Morning, Tuesday, 12th September 2017

Central London


This timely seminar will focus on the future for England’s school system.

Delegates will consider the future position of grammar and faith schools; and the role independent schools and universities should play within the school system in the coming years - addressing key areas of concern and assessing the likely impact on the wider school system.

Following the publication of the 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, ASCL

Maggie Kalnins

Head of Governance Services, Hackney Learning Trust

Toby Young

Director, New School Network

Julie Deville

Executive Headteacher and Chief Executive Officer, Extol Academy 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

Ian Hartwright

Senior Policy Advisor, NAHT

Peter Taylor

Assistant Director (Education), Catholic Education Service