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'Schools working together': meeting held on 29 May 2015


‘Schools working together’: meeting held on 29 May 2015

The RIG held a very successful meeting on the theme ‘Schools working together: Researching trusts, federations and alliances’ at Sheffield Hallam University on 29 May, attended by around 30 people from schools, universities and LAs. In a keynote address, Professor Chris Chapman of the University of Glasgow, explored what we know about school federation and chains and placed English education policy in context by comparing it with Scotland. He argued that within school, between school and beyond school improvement need to be addressed if an increasingly fragmented system is to be avoided. The rest of the day was given over to discussions of a series of presentations derived from experience and research:

  • ‘Dealing in dilemmas - Multi Academy Trusts and local accountability’: Kate Reynolds, Bath Spa University (Trust chair)
  • ‘Developing and Leading a Multi-academy Trust in the Catholic Sector’: Alan Lee, St Francis of Assisi Academies Trust (Trust Executive Principal)
  • ‘Mapping multi-school groupings in England’: Steve Courtney, University of Manchester
  • ‘Discourses and debates around structural change in an English secondary school’: Stephen Rayner, University of Manchester
  • ‘School-led multi-agency collaboration to support vulnerable children’: Michael Jopling, University of Northumbria

All the presentations have been put in the Documents section of the Structural Reform RIG.

We had brief discussion at the end of the meeting about possible future activities for the RIG but had no time to collate suggestions. I have set up a discussion thread to enable people to make suggestions: Is there a theme/s you would like to explore, personal research you would like to share, research you would like to find out more about, people you would be like to be invited to speak to the group? If so, please contribute to the discussion. 

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