Educationalists have been looking into the future to predict what 2014 might bring for the sector.
In a feature posted on the Guardian website on 7 January, experts ranging from head teachers to the heads of think tanks put forward their views, with school collaboration emerging as a theme.
Toby Greany, Professor of Leadership and Innovation at the University of London’s Institute of Education, said that with the UK falling behind global rivals in international Pisa rankings, he believed the Government would require, or “heavily incentivise”, all schools into joining a school-led improvement network.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Simons, Head of Education at the Policy Exchange think tank, said that to address the issue of primary school improvement, the Government would make a “renewed push on clustering primaries, typically under multi-academy trusts with an executive head or more informal, locally led partnerships”.
For Sarah Findlater, Assistant Principal of Riddlesdown Collegiate, Purley, professional development was a key priority. She said: “Training is so expensive – there must be a better way to spend our limited funds. I predict that schools will stop pumping money into external companies for training and become more skilled at tapping into the expertise they already have in their school.
“There are already a few schools…that are moving fast in the right direction but this is on a relatively small scale and their good practice needs to be shared.”
Eugene Spiers, Assistant Head at the John of Gaunt School in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, thought capital spending on refurbishing and rebuilding schools was likely, adding: “This will almost certainly come with the requirement that they become an academy”.
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