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The ‘self-improving school-led system’ evaluating the changes, exploring implications

By Nuffield Foundation

The Nuffield Foundation is convening a seminar to discuss findings from a research project exploring the ways in which schools in England have interpreted and begun to respond to the ‘self-improving school-led system’ (SISS) policy agenda.

The seminar will be Chaired by The Rt Hon the Baroness Morris of Yardley.

Professor Toby Greany and Dr Rob Higham from the UCL Institute of Education will present findings from their project, drawing on multiple school case studies across four different localities, as well as a national survey and statistical analysis of the impact of Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) and of the relationship between Ofsted inspection outcomes and school composition.

Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion featuring:

  • Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector
  • Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner
  • Professor Philip Woods, University of Hertfordshire
  • Carolyn Roberts, Headteacher of Thomas Tallis School
  • Chris Knowles, Headteacher of Newby and Scalby Primary School

This seminar will provide an important opportunity to disucss and debate current and future developments in England’s school system, informed by new empirical research.

For further information on this seminar, and how to register, please contact


Date: Tuesday 3rd July

Time: 15:00 – 17:30, followed by a drinks reception

Venue: Nuffield Foundation, 28 Bedford Square, London

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