WEF: Priorities for independent schools: partnerships, standards and the impact of Brexit, 5 December 2018

Central London

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, morning 

Barnaby Lenon, Chairman, Independent Schools Council
Vipul Bhargava, International Schools Specialist, Department for International Trade
Kate Richards, Chief Inspector, Independent School Inspectorate
Tom Arbuthnott, Eton College; Colin Bell, COBIS; Ben Cahill-Nicholls, Charterhouse; Nalini Cook, ISC Research; Nicolas Groffman, Harrison Clark Rickerbys; Rhiannon Cutler, Baines Cutler Solutions; Ian Davenport, Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation; Caroline Jordan, Headington School, Oxford; Deborah Leek-Bailey, DLB Leadership Associates and former Chair, Independent/State School Partnership Forum; Nicki Mattin, Spires Academy, Kent; Vanessa Milner, Gabbitas Education and Dominic Morse, Morse Webb Architects

Chaired by:
Lord Lucas, Officer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment and Lord Griffiths of Burry Port

Key discussion areas:
• Maintaining standards – how schools in the sector can continue to maintain high standards in the quality of education – as well as in the social and cultural development of pupils, and in student welfare and safety;
• Government guidance – on the standards for schools in the independent sector and how these can be met, as well as further regulatory and enforcement action that could be taken by the DfE when standards are not achieved;
• Developing innovative practice – latest thinking on innovation in teaching and learning, school design and financial management in an increasingly competitive environment;
• Market developments – collaboration with schools outside the UK to improve teaching and learning practice, priorities for ensuring financial sustainability, and changes in the marketplace with the recent formation of an independent school with an alternative pricing structure;
• The sector’s role in the education system – practical challenges for meeting the government aim of establishing sustainable partnerships with state schools in curriculum design, teaching and leadership, and what more might be done to encourage the sharing of best practice between the sectors;
• Brexit – latest thinking on ensuring that British independent schools retain their competitive position – including improving the experience of students from abroad and offering the employment packages that will continue to attract talented teachers from abroad; and
• Developing export markets – opportunities for establishing schools overseas, best practice in working with international partners, and priorities for global marketing, emphasising the reputation of the UK independent schools sector.

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