Best in Class 2018

About the Summit

On 19th April 2018, our Best in Class 2018 summit was held in partnership with Carnegie Corporation in New York. The event brought together leading policy-makers, academics and the teaching professions to discuss the role of structural reform, accountability, professional development and the use of research in schools in improving social mobility.

This event follows our earlier summit in London in 2016 where we raised important questions around teacher development, and how disadvantaged pupils can have fair access to the best schools and the best teachers.

Join in the conversation at #BestinClass2018.

Presentations and Reports


Featured Speakers

Sir Peter Lampl
Sir Peter LamplChairman, Sutton Trust
Vartan Gregorian
Vartan GregorianPresident, Carnegie Corporation of New York
LaVerne Srinivasan
LaVerne SrinivasanVice-President, Carnegie Corporation of New York's National program
Andreas Schleicher
Andreas SchleicherDirector for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the OECD
Dr Charles Chew
Dr Charles ChewPublic Service Commission Teaching Scholar
Wendy Kopp
Wendy KoppCEO and Co-Founder, Teach For All
Professor Dylan Wiliam
Professor Dylan WiliamEmeritus Professor of Educational Assessment, University College London
Rt Hon Justine Greening
Rt Hon Justine GreeningMP, Former Secretary of State for Education
Roberto J. Rodriguez
Roberto J. RodriguezPresident and CEO, Teach Plus
Conor Ryan
Conor RyanDirector of Research and Communications, Sutton Trust
Sir Michael Wilkins
Sir Michael WilkinsCEO, Outwood Grange Academies Trust
Sir Michael Wilshaw
Sir Michael WilshawFormer Chief Inspector, Ofsted
Dave Levin
Dave LevinCo-Founder, KIPP
Mieka Wick
Mieka WickCEO, CityBridge Education
Roblin Webb
Roblin WebbFounder and CEO, Freedom Prep Charter Schools
Norman Atkins
Norman AtkinsCo-Founder and President, Relay GSE
Professor Rebecca Allen
Professor Rebecca AllenDirector, Centre for Education and Improvement Science UCL Institute of Education
Shael Polakow-Suransky
Shael Polakow-SuranskyPresident, Bank Street College of Education
Professor Rob Coe
Professor Rob CoeProfessor of Education and Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, Durham University
Dr Lee Elliot Major
Dr Lee Elliot MajorChief Executive, Sutton Trust
Anthony S. Bryk
Anthony S. BrykPresident, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Sir Kevan Collins
Sir Kevan CollinsChief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation

Media coverage

Academy freedoms ‘ineffectual’The i 

Academies speak on status effectYorkshire Post 

Fund for poor pupils is used to ‘plug gaps’Wigan Evening Post 

Pupil premium cash is plugging budget gaps, say a fifth of teachers and headsTES

Academy autonomy ‘has no positive impact in the classroom’ – Schools Week

Funding For Poorest Children Used To Plug School Budgets, Say TeachersHuffington Post

Half of academy leaders sceptical of school freedomsThe i 

Academy leaders cast doubt on effect of autonomyPublic Finance

Autonomy is “not positive” for the classroom, academy leaders sayEducation Business 

Exclusive: Greening speaks out against DfE plan to lift faith school capTES

Exclusive: England held back by rote-learning, warns Pisa bossTES

Exclusive: ‘Education given a backseat by a government fixated on Brexit’TES

Call to increase class sizes to give teachers more time for CPDTES

Pisa comparisons ‘not useful’, globally respected education academic saysTES

Discriminate against job applicants from Eton, says former education secretary Justine Greeningthe Times

Justine Greening: Employers must offer jobs to state school students over Old EtoniansiNews

Discriminate against Old Etonians for jobs, says ex-education chiefthe Daily Mail

Exclusive: Employers should discriminate against Etonians, Greening suggestsTES

Employers urged to discriminate against job candidates from Eton in favour of state school applicantsthe Daily Mirror

This isn’t class war. It’s right to treat CVs from old Etonians differently Guardian 

Ex-Education Secretary Justine Greening says kids from sink schools should get jobs before Etonians Sun

Discriminate against Eton old boys, says former UK ministerPolitico

Employers should offer jobs to alumni of underperforming state schools over public school graduates, suggests Justine Greeningthe Independent

Discriminate against job applicants from Eton, says former Tory education secretaryYahoo News

Privileged students should face greater scrutiny despite A-gradesthe Financial Times

Top of the class systemThe i

Contextual recruitment is not a bad thing if used correctly say lawyersRecruiter Magazine

City firms give poorer graduates a leg upthe Times

Exclusive: ‘TV subtitles boost literacy’ – GreeningTES

Parents should turn on TV subtitles to help their children learn to read, says former education secretary Justine Greeningthe Daily Mail

Steve Spriggs: the World of WorkSchools Improvement 

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