Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The RSA - Unleashing Greatness: Getting the best from an academised system


The RSA has released a new report, Unleashing greatness: Getting the best from an academised system, which is available for a free download at the included link. To Launch the RSA / Pearson Think Tank Academies Commission final report, Christine Gilbert, former Head of Ofsted presents the key recommendations of the report, following consideration of evidence submitted since May 2012.
Unleashing greatness: Getting the best from an academised system

The scale and speed of the Academies programme is dramatic: from 2003 academies in May 2010 the total number had reached 2456 by November 2012. The Academies commission was asked to consider both the impact of the academies programme to date and what should happen when the majority of schools may be academies. The Commission’s report, published here, looks at the opportunities and risks associated with academisation, and makes important recommendations as to how further change might be implemented so that all children and young people experience the benefits of academisation.

Dowload Unleashing greatness: Getting the best from an academised system (PDF 3.4MB)
Here is the talk given by Ms. Gilbert:
Unleashing Greatness?

10th Jan 2013

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Launch of the RSA / Pearson Think Tank Academies Commission final report 


Christine Gilbert, former Head of Ofsted presents the key recommendations of the RSA / Pearson Think Tank Academies Commission, following consideration of evidence submitted since May 2012.

An expert panel will examine the new educational landscape which has emerged with the implementation of the academies programme and discuss responsibilities for teachers, governors, parents and policymakers.

Discussants to include: Andreas Schleicher, deputy director of education, OECD; Dr Vanessa Ogden, headteacher, Mulberry School for Girls; and David Carter, executive principal, Cabot Learning Federation

Chair: Matthew Taylor, chief executive, RSA

Read the Report: Unleashing greatness: Getting the best from an academised system

Suggested hashtag for Twitter users: #acadcomm

The Academies Commission


Set up by the RSA and the Pearson Think Tank, with sponsorship from The Cooperative and CfBT, the ‘Speed Commission’ is chaired by former Head of Ofsted Professor Christine Gilbert. She is joined by Commissioners Professor Chris Husbands (Director of the Institute of Education), and Brett Wigdortz (CEO, TeachFirst).

The Commission addressed two principal questions: What are the implications of complete academisation for school improvement and pupil attainment? How can improvement and attainment best be secured within an academised system? As such it focuses on issues of governance and accountability, and on outcomes for all pupils.
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