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The policy landscape for schools – what does the future hold?


  • Natalie Perera, Executive Director, Education Policy Institute


  • Stephen Tall, Director, Development & Communications, EEF

Event details:

Just a few months’ ago, it looked like grammar schools would be making a comeback, more free schools would be opened, school funding would be further squeezed, and universal infant free school lunches would be scrapped in favour of breakfasts. The 8th June general election result brought an unexpected halt to many of these plans, with public worries about their impact widely cited as a major doorstep issue. The subsequent Queen’s Speech offered clarity on some policies, but uncertainty remains about the future.

Few people are better placed to offer us their take on the policy landscape schools are facing than the Education Policy Institute’s Natalie Perera. This session will look at many of the issues of great interest to our Network members: school improvement in a fragmented system; schools funding; the attainment gap; the impact of beyond-school variables (eg, housing, parenting, economy); and, most importantly, how we as funders can make a difference.

Come armed to listen – but also to ask questions and contribute to the discussion!

Speaker biography:

Natalie Perera worked in the Department for Education from 2002 to 2014, leading on research and policy interventions to narrow the gap between disadvantaged children and the rest, as well as the design of the new national funding formula, allocation of the Pupil Premium, reform of academies funding, and funding for universal infant free school meals. Between 2014 and 2015, Natalie was seconded to the Cabinet Office where she worked in the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office.

In 2015, she joined the Education Policy Institute as Executive Director, leading its inaugural annual report on education in England. She is a school governor and Director of a Multi-Academy Trust in South London.

@natalieperera1, @edupolicyinst

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