Summit 2014

“Celebration, Ambition, Inspiration”

The Education Reform Summit – 9th & 10th July 2014, London

The UK’s first Education Reform Summit was hosted by The Education Foundation in partnership with the Department for Education and brought together educators and reformers from across the UK and globally.

It provided an opportunity to hear from inspirational school leaders, teachers and politicians who are transforming education systems across the world. The first summit gathered an invited group of 250 of the country’s top school and education leaders to celebrate the existing achievements of great educators, raise ambition and build consensus about where reform should go next, and inspire people to create change on the ground.

Key speakers

A world class line up of speakers and contributors came to the summit including:

  • Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education
  • Tristram Hunt MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education
  • Rt Hon David Laws MP, Minister for State for Schools, Department for Education
  • Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
  • Sander Dekker, State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science, Netherlands
  • Lucia Figar, Regional Minister for Education, Youth and Sport, Spain
  • Nuno Crato, Minister for Education and Science, Portugal
  • Shengchang Tang, Co-founder, Shanghai High School
  • Steven Hodas, Executive Director, Office of Innovation, New York City Department of Education
  • Sir Michael Barber, Chief Education Advisor, Pearson & former Head of Global education, McKinsey
  • Patsy Kane, Headteacher, Whalley Range High School
  • Tom Bennett, Founder, ResearchEd, Author & teacher blogger
  • Tom Sherrington, Headteacher, King Edward VI Grammar School
  • Marcelo Staricoff, Headteacher, Hertford Infant and Nursery School
  • Dame Rachel de Souza, CEO, Inspiration Trust
  • Sir Dan Moynihan, CEO, Harris Federation
  • Derek Trimmer, Headteacher, Hove Park School
  • Brian Lightman, General Secretary, ASCL
  • Sally Dicketts, Principal and Chief Executive, Oxford and Cherwell Valley College
  • Dame Sally Coates, Principal, Burlington Danes Academy
  • Russell Hobby, General Secretary, NAHT
  • Andrew Carter, Headteacher, South Farnham School
  • Liam Nolan, Headteacher, Perry Beeches School
  • Dr Antony Edkins, CEO, Landau Forte Trust
  • Louise Johns Shepherd, CEO, Centre for Literacy in Primary Education
  • James Eldon, Principal, Manchester Enterprise Academy
  • Nicole McCartney, Principal, Ormiston Venture Academy
  • Dame Joan McVitie, Headteacher, Woodside High School


The Education Foundation are grateful to the following organisations for their support of inaugural The Education Reform Summit:

Cambridge University Press

City and Guilds

European Electronique




Randstad Education

Cross party support

We were delighted that Britain’s first Education Reform Summit had high level, cross party support:

“I am delighted to be hosting this country’s first education reform summit. We’re bringing together teachers, school leaders and education reformers from England and across the globe to discuss how to help children enjoy the best possible start in life.

This summit will be an excellent opportunity to celebrate what we have already done to raise standards in our schools and to discuss what more needs to be done to improve education for all children. Raising attainment in all our schools and closing the gap between rich and poor is the driving moral purpose of our school reforms.”

Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education

“The Education Reform Summit will be an exciting opportunity to share brilliant ideas from those transforming schools around the world. We must continue to be ambitious in our programme of reform to close the attainment gap that holds disadvantaged children back once and for all. All of those involved in the future education of our children must work together if we are to create a system in which every child can succeed”

David Laws MP, Minister for Schools

“The Education Reform Summit will be at the cutting edge of innovation and reform. If we are to succeed in the global economy, our education system must keep pace with the technological developments of our age. The Education Foundation will also bring renewed and relentless energy to this quest, combining the central importance of teacher quality with technological advances, and pioneering the next phase of education reform”

Tristram Hunt MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education