Policy roundtable with Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

Reform is delighted that Rt Hon David Blunkett MP, Former Secretary of State for Education and Employment, will lead a roundtable discussion on “Untangling school accountability”.

The sharp rise in the number of academies and free schools this Parliament has increased the overall autonomy of the school system. While politicians across all three main political parties support this general trajectory, there is growing consensus that new monitoring and governance structures will be required to make this more autonomous system work. Yet achieving meaningful accountability while simultaneously encouraging collaboration and strengthening oversight is a complex balance. School groups in particular present both an opportunity for collaboration and a challenge in terms of oversight, while local authorities continue to have a diminishing role in providing “middle tier” support to schools. Untangling and rebalancing the lines of accountability across regulators, national and local bodies, schools and parents is now of vital importance to the quality of education that pupils receive.

The Coalition Government has recently introduced eight Regional School Commissioners and given them many of the formal oversight powers previously taken by central government, and before that, by local government. Mr Blunkett’s recent review for the Labour Party instead proposed introducing Directors of School Standards at a sub-regional level to broker intervention and collaboration between schools.

The private seminar will bring together a group of 20-25 high level guests from across the education policy debate, including academics, local and central government officials, journalists and representatives from the teaching profession. The discussion will be held under The Chatham House Rule.

To reserve a place, please RSVP to the address below. Please be aware that places at this event are limited and attendance will be confirmed by email.


020 7799 6699

3 March 2015
16.30 - 18.00