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2019 Agenda

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  • How can independent schools prepare for an uncertain future underneath a potential new Government?
  • What are the main issues for school leaders now and what should they be doing?
  • How can schools continue to attract top students and deliver a value for money service in the face of rising fees?
  • In what way are independent schools affected by negative stigma and how can this be contested?

  • How can schools ensure that they work closely with universities and colleges in a structured in a way to allow students to transition seamlessly into university?
  • Which university subjects are increasing or declining in popularity amongst students and what are the implications of this?
  • Which subjects lead to the greatest outcomes over the long-term when studied at university?

  • How can schools achieve affordability whilst delivering excellence in education?
  • What are the approaches for designability?
  • Can buildings facilitate future flexibility to address the changing needs of the school curriculum?
  • Are durability, desirability and sustainability strange bedfellows?

  • Exploring the franchise model for overseas schools; enabling UK independent schools to welcome more students abroad and increase income needed for bursaries
  • Learning from the schools that have successfully opened franchises abroad; the challenges, pitfalls and results

  • A presentation looking at the issues facing Independent Schools when considering the unprecedented rise in employer contributions and how best to liaise with teachers to create a positive and constructive dialogue

  • Introducing the Courageous Conversation approach
  • Exploring mental health and addictions in young people
  • Inspiring independent school professionals to help with mental health challenges

  • How can the independent schools work effectively with the state sector in order to improve access for lower income families?
  • What are the implications and results of co-funded schemes for independent schools who have participated in them?
  • How can independent schools continue to deliver an exceptional yet cost-effective service in light of reduced income?