Former Schools Minister announced for SNE Summit

ONE of the most ardent critics of the Government’s proposed grammar schools expansion programme has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the SCHOOLS NorthEast Summit this October.

Rt Hon David Laws, Executive Chairman of the Education Policy Institute, has been vociferous in calls for greater levels of school funding and in exposing the dearth of evidence behind plans to widen selective education.

Mr Laws served in the Coalition Government from 2010-2015 in roles as Schools Minister, Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Cabinet Office Minister. During his time as Schools Minister, he was responsible for policy areas including all capital and revenue funding, the Pupil Premium, accountability and policy on teachers and leadership.

More than 100 places at the summit have already been secured by schools in the first 24 hours of booking opening. To book your place, email

SCHOOLS NorthEast’s event programme continues to grow year on year, in response to feedback and input from our schools network across the region.

Following the latest changes to school inspections, we are coordinating a half-day briefing by Ofsted in September. The event will cover:

  • The latest changes and planned changes to school inspections;
  • The inspection of school governance;
  • How inspectors establish progress made by pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities; and
  • A questions and answer session with the panel of presenters.

We are pleased to be able to deliver this as a free event, which will be held on Monday 25th September at Boldon Quality Hotel, Boldon. There will be two, half day sessions (one morning and one afternoon) for delegates to choose from. Places will be limited to two per school as we expect demand for this event to be high. Find out more here.

We will also be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 19th September at Shotton Hall, Peterlee. This event is open to anyone from one of our Partner Schools, however only the schools appointed member will be eligible to vote on the day. Further information on this event will be sent our shortly.


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