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Roundtable – a more nuanced approach to school improvement?

11 June 2018

The DfE’s approach to school improvement since the Academy Act 2010 came into force has been very intervention heavy – first with a significant increase in academy sponsorship, followed more recently by the rebrokering or transferring of academies between trusts.

Within the self-improving school system so often the focus seems to be on remediation and intervention rather than the development of best practice leading to even more effective practice.

Where more formal support is required, is there a need for a more nuanced approach? During our recent roundtable on the school system, a number of panel members thought that there needed to be methods of improvement considered by DfE that did not involve a school converting or transferring to join a multi academy trust (MAT). There needs to be a greater range of options for groups to support schools – where outside a formal sponsorship or rebrokering arrangement or where a school could potentially join a MAT for a specified amount of time, before being set on its way after it had been improved.

Read our latest report ‘The Way Ahead’.

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