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      What if… we struck a different balance between school autonomy and regulation? in City of London


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      February 13, 2019

      Wednesday   5:45 PM

      Gower Street
      City of London, Westminster WC1E 6BT

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      What if… we struck a different balance between school autonomy and regulation?

      The way in which schools are held to account in England, based in inspection and performance indicators that lead off from regular high-stakes testing of pupils, is highly contentious. The criticisms are many and varied: that the measures don’t provide a valid picture of school performance; that they skew schools’ priorities, in particular, turning schools into ‘exam factories’; that they lead to gaming; that they harm pupil and teacher well-being; that they are contributing to the teacher supply crisis. Meanwhile, the picture has been further complicated by the advent of multi-academy trusts and questions about the extent to which the accountability system reflects this new terrain. Current measures are intended to drive up standards by providing accountability and transparency. And there is no question that professions and providers need to be held to account. But could we hold a mirror up to teaching practice and school performance, and support their improvement more effectively?

      Cost: Free

      Categories: University & Alumni

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