Policy Seminar: Raising School-Level Attainment

Tuesday 7th Feb 2017

The Role of Universities in Raising School-level Attainment

2-4pm, Baker & Mckenzie, 100 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6JA

School-level attainment continues to have the most significant impact over access to university, especially to the most selective institutions. The Government perceives universities to have a “vested interest” in raising attainment in order to promote access and therefore “have a greater and more direct role to play in improving school quality and pupil attainment.” The final report of the Social Mobility Advisory Group also recommends that universities increase their focus on outreach activities that are specifically designed to raise attainment.

In view of these proposals, we would welcome the opportunity to gather colleagues together, from across the schools, university, and third sectors to debate their implications. We would also value the contribution of university students – especially as it is proposed that their fees will be harnessed by universities to achieve their attainment-raising objectives.

Our seminar will reflect on the policy shift to attribute greater responsibility to universities to raise attainment in light of its capacity to meet the needs of children and young people who are from lower socio-economic backgrounds. We will be considering the existing evidence base for this approach and investigating the risk of diverting attention away from high quality school leadership and teaching which is proven to have a positive impact on attainment. Our objective will be to move from theoretical issues towards defining effective practice to promote social equality.

Our expert panelists are: Professor Kathleen Armour, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Birmingham; Richard Gould, Chief Executive, Villiers Park Educational Trust; and Sonette Schwartz, Principal, Brockhill Performing Arts College. They will be sharing evidence and insights and sparking discussion.

Attendees will have the opportunity to raise questions for contributors and for policymakers more broadly. Chatham House Rules will be followed.

Book a place

If you have any queries about this seminar or would like to reserve a place to attend, please contact sarah.dauncey@the-bridgegroup.co.uk.

There is no charge to attend but places are limited. Please get in touch as soon as possible if you would like to attend the seminar.