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This conference discussed priorities for the independent schools sector in England.
It was a timely opportunity to consider how quality and standards will be maintained throughout the sector into the future, as the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) further develops its new inspection framework - which is due to come into effect in September 2023 - drawing on the feedback from its consultation.
Delegates also examined strategies for competitiveness and growth, the sector’s financial sustainability going forward, and priorities for student attainment, as well as approaches to widening the sector’s reach, with a focus on best practice for state school partnerships and the development of international sister campuses.
Overall, areas for discussion included:
- sector priorities and the education market: funding and financial stability - charitable status - latest on consolidation and partnerships - maintaining the competitive positioning of the sector
- student attainment and development: designing a knowledge-rich curriculum - future models of assessment - supporting the workforce - implementing safeguarding strategies
- widening the reach of independent schools: state school partnerships - supporting accessibility - international student recruitment - development of sister campuses abroad
- the new inspection framework: effectiveness and implementation - adapting to evaluation measures - assessing leadership and management
We are pleased to have been able to include keynote sessions with Julie Robinson, Chief Executive, Independent Schools Council; and Vanessa Ward, Chief Executive and Chief Inspector, Independent Schools Inspectorate.
The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who attended from the DfE; Department for the Economy, NI; Education & Training Inspectorate; and the ICIBI.