Morning, Monday, 1st November 2021
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference follows the recent call from the Education Secretary for the school system to move to a single model, using multi-academy trusts (MATs) as its foundation.
It will be an opportunity to consider this proposal, assessing practicalities and next steps, and its potential for supporting and improving underperforming schools - including the ‘try before you buy’ scheme to allow maintained schools to trial membership of a particular MAT through Trust Partnerships.
We also expect discussion on governance in MATs, best practice in their management and operation, and their role in driving up standards.
We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Dominic Herrington, National Schools Commissioner, Department for Education; Leora Cruddas, Chief Executive Officer, Confederation of School Trusts; and Nigel Genders, Chief Education Officer, The Church of England Education Office.
The agenda is structured to bring out latest thinking on:
- the school system in the wake of the pandemic - evaluating the current state of play
- key issues for building an MAT-based school system:
- supporting institutions wanting to convert
- experience with the ‘try before you buy’ scheme so far
- the outlook for transition in the face of post-pandemic pressures
- implementing the faith academy trust pilot programme and supporting high achievement in faith schools
- improving collaboration and developing partnerships in the school system:
- co-operation in the wake of the pandemic and lessons learned
- raising attainment and driving educational catch-up
- developing effective partnerships between independent and state schools
- next steps for supporting and improving poorly performing schools
- key policy priorities for the school system going forward
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department for Education and Ofsted. Also due to attend are representatives from Forbes Solicitors; LDBS Academies Trust; London Borough of Merton; Nfer; and The Church of England Education Office.
Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from schools, colleges, multi-academy trusts, universities, academics, local authorities, think tanks, qualification and training providers, sector skills councils, businesses, education suppliers, awarding bodies, exam boards, learned societies, advocacy groups, law firms, education consultancies, publishers, charities, teaching unions, parents groups, SEND groups, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference