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What if… we wanted more effective school improvement?

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What if… we wanted more effective school improvement?

Recent studies have tended to highlight the part played by social background – and now genetics – in pupils’ attainment, in the process seeming to marginalize the role of schools and teachers. Nevertheless (and hearteningly), attending school is still regarded as adding value, and schools as having some scope to improve their performance beyond who they admit. But here, too, the prescriptions have evolved – from national initiatives to school-led efforts, and from a mantra that teacher quality is all, to a greater acknowledgement that leadership and management (and funding, and an evidence base for practice) also matter. Sat alongside the research evidence are the real life examples – some where the performance of schools has been transformed, but some where numerous interventions have failed to shift the dial.
After several decades of searching for the ‘silver bullet’, are we any further on when it comes to understanding school improvement and achieving higher and greater consistency of standards across schools? What can we take from the available evidence and experience to date, and where should research look next in order to best contribute to school improvement efforts? We’ve asked leading figures from the front line to share their assessment.


Speakers include:

  • Leora Cruddas, CEO, Confederation of School Trusts (CST)
  • Tim Brighouse, Educator
  • Lucy Heller, Chief Executive, Ark
  • with more speakers to be announced

Chair: Professor Becky Francis is the Director of UCL Institute of Education.


Access Profile for the Jeffery Hall

  • There is step free access into the lecture theatre.
  • Wheelchair accessible toilets can be found on Level 4.
  • There is not fixed furniture within the lecture theatre.
  • This venue does not have working a hearing loop facility availabile.
  • BSL interpreters can be organised with advance notice.


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