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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.

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