0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

looking at the future of the self-improving school system.

17 May 2018

Browne Jacobson has been delighted to support The Teaching Schools Council, in partnership with FASNA on the development of a think piece setting out a vision for system governance of the English education system.

On 30 April we hosted a roundtable, attended by a range of leading figures from across the sector, to discuss a draft of the think piece looking at the future of the self-improving school system. Following the roundtable we are now pleased to support the launch of the think piece, 'Where next for the self-improving school system? Getting System Governance Right', which can be accessed here.

In light of the Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education statement on 4 May 2018 outlining high level principles for a clear accountability system and a commitment to work with the sector over the coming months to refine the principles above and to turn them into detailed proposals for consultation in the Autumn, the publication of this think piece is very timely and we hope will contribute to this important debate.

The think piece considers the current state of the self-improving school system and argues for a genuine orchestration and public declaration that we are a self-improving school system. It then proposes three inter-locking but independent components to system governance:

  • the improvement space – led by school leaders who improve schools
  • the inspection space – led by Ofsted
  • the intervention space – a crowded space with local authorities, RSCs, ESFA and DfE.

focus on...

Legal updates

Should heading the ball be banned in football lessons?

It is an accepted fact that a school owes their pupils a duty to take reasonable care of their safety.


Upcoming webinars

Parental complaints: How to handle them in schools and trusts

Sometimes no matter how experienced you are in your role, school leaders and their representatives may receive a parental complaint.


Legal updates

When will altering an investigation report result in an unfair dismissal?

The case of Dronsfield v University of Reading looked at altering an investigation report result which resulted in an unfair dismissal.



Glossary of commonly used phrases for members of academy trusts and trustees of academy boards

When carrying out a governance role at an academy trust or multi-academy trust you may hear or read terms in meetings and reports which appear to be ‘jargon’ and include multiple acronyms. If you are new to school/academy governance you may feel overwhelmed and find it hard to remember these words. That’s why we’ve developed a simplified glossary of key terms which are commonly used in education.


The content on this page is provided for the purposes of general interest and information. It contains only brief summaries of aspects of the subject matter and does not provide comprehensive statements of the law. It does not constitute legal advice and does not provide a substitute for it.

mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up