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This online conference will discuss the future shape of England’s school system.
Delegates will examine the practicalities and next steps for moving to an entirely trust-based system. They will also look at the process for local authorities to establish MATs in areas where few strong MATs exist, as the Government begins a ‘test and learn’ exercise among some local authorities during the 2022-23 academic year.
Those attending will also look at how the school system would be impacted by possible amendments to legislation to allow new grammar schools to open, with reports that the Education Secretary and the DfE have been tasked with drawing up plans to change the law.
It takes place as the new Government considers how to proceed with the Schools Bill, which outlined the ambition for every school to be either part of, or in the process of joining, a multi-academy trust by 2030.
Keynote sessions will be with Sir Jon Coles, Chief Executive, United Learning, Kieran Cooke, Principal Consultant, Moorhouse Consulting; and, Trustee, GLF Schools; and Leora Cruddas, Chief Executive, Confederation of School Trusts.
Areas for discussion include:
• implementation - the process of conversion to a MAT-based system - the future role of local authorities - the process of commissioning new trusts and expanding existing trusts
• regulation and governance - best practice in trust management and operation - the standards MATs should be held to - thresholds for intervention - protecting individual school autonomy
• support for underperforming schools - targeting additional resources - assisting the transition to a MAT - driving up school performance - the role of Education Investment Areas (EIAs)
• improving student outcomes - supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds - boosting achievement in English and Maths.