On Monday 24th September EPI and ASCL will hold a panel event discussing the future of academies under a Labour government.
Academisation has been one of the largest reform programmes in English education over the last 20 years, intended as a driver for school improvement. With 3.8 million pupils taught in an academy chain school today, it is crucial Labour scrutinises the success of the programme, and offers a clear and viable policy position.
This event will discuss: What will be Labour’s approach to the academy movement? Should failing academies be able to revert to maintained status, particularly if they can sit within a high performing local authority? Is a dual system sustainable, what would be the implications of full academisation, or a complete reversion to maintained status? Can academies, with different governance structures, and greater freedoms, remain accountable to the communities they serve? And, what role should Ofsted and Regional School Commissioners play, if any, in examining performance, and driving improvement.
Speakers include: Mike Kane MP (Shadow Schools Minister); Dr Mary Bousted (National Education Union); Geoff Barton (ASCL); Emma Hardy MP (Education Committee); and Mark Lehain (New Schools Network). Ann Mroz (Tes) will be chairing the panel.
The Education Policy Institute and ASCL invite you to discuss these issues at a fringe discussion at Labour Party Conference. We very much hope you will be able to join us.
This event will be held in the Secure Zone. It is an open fringe event but a conference pass will be required to access the venue.
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