Annual Lecture at the Institute of Education


Are we nearly there yet? progress and next steps towards a self-improving school system

Date: Tuesday 18th March 2014

Registration: 5.30pm Lecture begins: 6.00pm Wine reception: 7.00pm

For: Headteachers, and senior leaders, policy makers and LCLL members

With: Toby Greany, Professor of Leadership and Innovation, LCLL

What might a self-improving school system actually look like in practice and what might be required from government and schools for it to succeed?

The Government has set out a vision for ‘a school system which is more effectively self-improving’ (DfE, 2010). The National College for Teaching and Leadership has been "created to enable and support the development of a self-improving, school-led system" and leads on key reforms such as School Direct, teaching schools and school-to-school support.

Wider reforms - such as the expansion of academies and the push to reduce bureaucratic burdens on schools - are positioned by education ministers as freeing up schools so they can drive their own improvement. But what is the evidence that a self-improving system is starting to emerge and what can we learn from this? What can we learn from reform efforts elsewhere? What are the issues and questions that arise and what else might be needed to move forwards?

Toby Greany’s inaugural lecture will provide an honest assessment of progress and issues for school reform in England, with practical insights for school leaders and policy makers at all levels.


Toby Greany joined the London Centre for Leadership and Learning at the Institute of Education in July 2013 as Professor of Leadership and Innovation. His research and work with schools is focussed on the nature and impact of evidence-based practice and the ways in which leaders both shape and respond to reform. Before that he was a Director and Executive Director at the National College for School Leadership for seven years, with responsibility for leadership development, policy and research. Before joining the College he worked at the Design Council, the Campaign for Learning and the Cabinet Office. He has a Masters in Education and has taught in Brazil, China and the UK. From 2005-2006 he was Special Advisor to the Education and Skills Select Committee.

Cost: £50.00; free for LCLL members (call 020 7612 6689 for group discounts)



Institute of Education

20 Bedford Way,





T: 020 7612 6689 / 6245


Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Tue 18 Mar 2014
  • Tue 18 Mar 2014
  • Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London

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