- The Education Reform Summit 2014 was jointly hosted by the Department for Education and independent thinktank The Education Foundation. The two-day summit was the first of its kind in this country and was a response to the demand from reformers to celebrate England’s success in leading the world in education reform. It focused on 'Celebration, ambition and inspiration'.
Education Secretary Michael Gove welcomed Ministers from other nations and many other reformers to London on 9 – 10 July. Teachers, school leaders, politicians and educationalists came together to share ambitions and ideas for the future.
- The reception opening the Summit at Lancaster House, 9th July, attended by Ministers, the Mayor of London, educationalists and reformers.
- Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, addressing the Summit delegates.
- Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, and Boris Johnson
Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, writes for the Summit:
Everyone here is united in their desire to give the next generation the best possible start in life. And this conference gives us the chance to share ideas, compare policies and learn from innovators who are transforming schools across the world.
We’re living through a time of dramatic change - technologically, socially, economically. If our children are to overcome the challenges ahead and make the most of the opportunities then we need to ensure our schools change as well.
We need to ensure every child is equipped with the knowledge and skills, the qualifications and confidence, to flourish.
In England we’ve been reforming our education system to help all students succeed in the future. We’ve been trying to raise the bar on attainment - so all children aspire to know more. And we’ve been working to close the gap in achievement
between the poorest students and their peers. Because we can’t have a truly fair society - or a genuinely efficient economy - unless everyone has the chance to fulfil their potential. In making changes to our education system we’ve been inspired and encouraged by other countries. Those nations with higher standards, and greater equity, have pioneered policies and approaches we’re seeking to implement in England.
We’re giving schools and teachers more autonomy to be creative. We’re making accountability sharper and more intelligent so
we can identify what works and spread it as well as identifying failure earlier and stepping in to rescue those in under-performing schools. And, above all, we’re working to improve teacher quality with policies on recruitment, training,
professional development and performance management designed to ensure we have the best teachers possible.
I know that similar policies are being introduced, and entrenched, across the globe by other Governments serious about social justice and making opportunity more equal. This summit, held in partnership with The Education Foundation, is our chance to hear from those a the frontline engaged in this work and I want to thank them, and you, for joining us this week.
- A short film about some of the changes taking place in the education system in England around the national curriculum, produced for the Summit. Thanks to all the teachers and experts who gave up their time to take part in this film - Tim Oates, Dame Reena Keeble, Martin Johnson, Professor Alison Wolf, Miles Berry, Dr Bill Mitchell, Richard Hallam and Sir Jim Rose.
- This article appeared in the Telegraph, written by Michael Gove, Nuno Crato, Education Minister, Portugal and Lucia Figar, Education Minister, Spain:
- Michael Gove addresses the Summit