Best in Class 2016

About the Summit

On 9th March 2016, the Sutton Trust, in partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, held a Best in Class Summit bringing together leading policy-makers, academics and the teaching profession to discuss the questions posed below:

  • How can disadvantaged pupils have fair access to the best schools and the best teachers?

  • How should teachers be developed?

“no organisation has done more to highlight educational inequality, develop the evidence on how disadvantage can be overcome, and demonstrate the decisive role schools can play in unlocking pupils’ potential.”

Nick Gibb MP,

Featured Speakers

Andreas Schleicher
Andreas SchleicherDirector for Education and Skills, OECD
Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris.
Nick Gibb MP
Nick Gibb MP Minister of State for Schools
Nick Gibb was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Education in July 2014. He was elected Conservative MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton in 1997.
Professor Anna Vignoles
Professor Anna VignolesUniversity of Cambridge
Professor Anna Vignoles is Professor of Education (1938) at the University of Cambridge. She has published widely on widening participation in higher education, social mobility, the impact of school resources on pupil achievement and on the socio-economic gap in pupil achievement.
Sir Michael Wilshaw
Sir Michael WilshawHer Majesty’s Chief Inspector. Ofsted
Sir Michael Wilshaw was appointed Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills on 1 January 2012.
Dr Charles Chew
Dr Charles ChewAcademy of Singapore Teachers
As a Principal Master Teacher, Charles is a pedagogical leader and a mentor in a wider education community. He has presented papers in areas related to teaching and learning, research and development at many local and overseas conferences.
Barry Sheerman MP
Barry Sheerman MPMP for Huddersfield
Barry Sheerman is the Labour MP for Huddersfield and a former chair of the House of Commons Education Select Committee. He is also the Chair of the Sutton Trust’s Education Advisory Group.
Professor Toby Salt
Professor Toby SaltCEO, Ormiston Academies Trust
Previously Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director at the National College for School Leadership, Toby has extensive experience in the education sector including headships and as chief executive in various posts. Toby established the first hard federation, as chief executive of a group of schools, which was recognised by Ofsted as outstanding.
Saskia Levy Thompson
Saskia Levy ThompsonNew Designs for Schools, Carnegie corporation
Saskia is a program director within the Corporation’s Education program, where she manages the New Designs for Schools and Systems portfolio. Ms. Thompson oversees grantmaking aimed at advancing school and system models that enable students to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to achieve a broader definition of student success.

Programme

Godfrey Mitchell   |   9th March 2016   |    09:30 – 09:45

SIR PETER LAMPL
LAVERNE SRINIVASAN

Godfrey Mitchell   |   9th March 2016   |    09:45 – 10:15

Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb MP

Godfrey Mitchell   |   9th March 2016   |    10:15 – 10:45

Professor Anna Vignoles – Professor of Education, University of Cambridge

Melinda George – President, National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future

Chair – Conor Ryan Director of Research and Communications, The Sutton Trust

Godfrey Mitchell   |   9th March 2016   |    11:15 – 12:45

Saskia Levy Thompson – Program Director, New Designs for Schools and Systems, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Professor Toby Salt – Chief Executive Officer, Ormiston Academies Trust

Dr Becky Allen  – Director of Education Datalab, Fischer Family Trust

Professor Anne West – Director, Education Research Group, London School of Economics

Chair: LaVerne Srinivasan – Vice President, National Program and Program Director, Education – Carnegie Corporation of New York

Godfrey Mitchell   |   9th March 2016   |    15:00 – 15:30

Andreas Schleicher – Director, Education & Skills, OECD

Godfrey Mitchell   |   9th March 2016   |    13:45 – 15:0

Sir Michael Wilshaw – Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Ofsted

Reuben Moore – Director of Leadership, TeachFirst

Martin Tune – Headmaster at Bonner Primary School and lead of the Globe Teaching Alliance

Norman Atkins –  Co-founder and President, Relay Graduate School of Education

Chair: Barry Sheerman MP

Godfrey Mitchell   |   9th March 2016   |    16:00 – 17:30

Professor Robert Coe -Professor in the School of Education and Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, Durham University

Dr Charles Chew – Principal Master Teacher, Academy of Singapore Teachers

Susie Weaver – Principal, Wellscourt Farm Academy

Tony Jackson – Vice President for Education, Asia Society

Chair: Dr Lee Elliot Major – Chief Executive, Sutton Trust

Opening

Sir Peter Lampl – Sir Peter Lampl is acknowledged to be the UK’s leading educational philanthropist. He founded the Sutton Trust in 1997 to improve social mobility through education and remains the Trust’s chairman. Read More

LaVerne Srinivasan – LaVerne Evans Srinivasan is an expert on urban education and served as a deputy chancellor of the New York City Department of Education from 2003 to 2006. As vice president of the Corporation’s Education Programs, she oversees grantmaking aimed at developing effective standards and assessments, improving teaching and human capital management, and advancing innovative new designs for schools and systems. Read More

Keynote Speakers

Nick Gibb MP – Minister of State for Schools

Andreas Schleicher – Director, Education & Skills, OECD

Professor Anna Vignoles – Professor Anna Vignoles is Professor of Education (1938) at the University of Cambridge. She has published widely on widening participation in higher education, social mobility, the impact of school resources on pupil achievement and on the socio-economic gap in pupil achievement.

Melinda George – President, National Commission on Teaching and America’s future.

Panel One Speakers

NEW CHOICES FOR DISADVANTAGED PUPILS

Saskia Levy Thompson (Program Director, New Designs for Schools and Systems, Carnegie Corporation of New York)

Professor Toby Salt (Chief Executive Officer, Ormiston Academies Trust)

Dr Becky Allen (Director of Education Datalab, Fischer Family Trust)

Professor Anne West (Director, Education Research Group, London School of Economics)

Chair: LaVerne Srinivasan (Vice President, National Program and Program Director, Education – Carnegie Corporation of New York)

Panel Two Speakers

ATTRACTING THE BEST TEACHERS TO THE MOST CHALLENGING SCHOOLS

Sir Michael Wilshaw (Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Ofsted)

Reuben Moore (Director of Leadership, TeachFirst)

Martin Tune (Headmaster at Bonner Primary School and lead of the Globe Teaching Alliance)

Norman Atkins (Co-founder and President, Relay Graduate School of Education)

Chair: Barry Sheerman MP

Panel Three Speakers

DEVELOPING TEACHERS IN THE MOST CHALLENGING SCHOOLS

Professor Rob Coe (Professor in the School of Education and Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, Durham University)

Dr Charles Chew (Principal Master Teacher, Academy of Singapore Teachers)

Susie Weaver (Principal, Wellscourt Farm Academy)

Tony Jackson (Vice President for Education, Asia Society)

Chair: Dr Lee Elliot Major (Chief Executive, Sutton Trust)

Presentations and Reports

Photos and Videos from the Summit

Media Coverage

Our summit generated considerable press attention. Here are links to some of the coverage:

Teachers in tough schools should get extra money (The Herald)

Ofsted chief criticises independent schools’ lack of help for state schools (The Guardian)

Teachers in deprived schools ‘more likely to be inexperienced’ (The Guardian)

Sir Michael Wilshaw: We need ‘battle-axes’ for teachers to improve schools (Telegraph)

We need battlers in our classrooms, not appeasers, says Ofsted chief (Daily Mail)

Unruly pupils and weak school leaders put off bright teachers, says Ofsted chief (Press Association)

More time out of classroom ‘best way to attract teachers to challenging schools (Press Association)

Council leaders ‘keep status quo’ for sake of adults not pupils, says schools minister (Telegraph)

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw calls for twenty-something recruits to be fast-tracked into headships (Independent/The i)

‘Financial incentive’ needed to get teachers into tough schools (Yorkshire Post)

Nick Gibb: ‘Teachers should be free to use 50-year old teaching techniques’ (TES)

Pupil progress bonus recommended in report (ITV.com)

Heads should be ‘bruisers’ and ‘battleaxes’, says Ofsted chief (TES)

Give teachers ‘more money and free time’ for working in tough schools (TES)

Experienced teachers more likely to choose schools with wealthy pupils over deprived ones (Schools Week)

`Bewildering school choice is marginalising weaker parents, academy boss warns (Schools Week)

Disadvantaged schools have fewer qualified teachers (CYPNow)

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