In association with NASM, explore the future of secondary moderns

  • The research: evidence of inequity
  • The policies: Ofsted and measuring progress
  • The solutions: curriculum and building learning cultures

One in every five secondary schools in England are adversely affected by academic selection.

This causes issues in Progress 8, funding, recruitment and achievement in these schools.

Join us to build a future where all schools are treated fairly and all students are equal.

Tackling the practical challenge

  • Curriculums made to suit
    • Avoid ‘one size fits all’ mentality
    • Ten features of an effective curriculum

  • Closing the gap
    • Overcoming social deprivation
    • Tackling the perception gap

  • A balanced and motivated environment
    • The social determinants of attainment
    • Strategies to reduce cognitive overload

  • The five key strategies to redress the balance
    • Political lobbying
    • Requests for high-probability support
    • Local action
    • Engagement with research
    • An alliance for equity

  • Let the research speak
    • In-depth analysis of how Progress 8 measures impact on non-selective schools
    • Effective strategies for social mobility
    • The impact of selective schools on their non-selective counterparts

Join NASM today

£250/year for non-school membership

£350/year for school membership

Membership will give you access to:

  • One free place at our national conference
  • Partnerships and links with policy-makers and educational organisations
  • Data to share and analyse related to secondary modern schools, including providing a register of best practice
  • Research to aid in strategic planning and provide evidence of the value of work within the secondary modern sector
  • Networking opportunities with leaders and governors from other secondary modern schools
  • Lobby to future the cause of secondary modern schools

For more details, please email

Book by 10th May to avoid disappointment!

Information on speakers coming soon.

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome from Stephen Cox, Director of Osiris Educational



By Stephen Cox


09:15 - 10:00

Evidence of Inequity in the System


- Discover the relevance of policies on school diversity - Social determinants of attainment - The relative effectiveness of grammar schools and their impact on social segregation - Unpick the north/south divide

By Professor Stephen Gorard


10:00 - 10:45

The Perils of Progress Measure


- The perils and limitations of progress measures - Unpick six years of research into school performance measures - Reforming progress measures: the alternatives - How school leaders could and should reclaim ownership over how schools are evaluated

By Dr Tom Perry


11:00 - 11:30

Building Capacity for Growth While Improving Standards


- How to manage the delivery of a school improvement model - How to evaluate its effectiveness

By Dominic Herrington


11:30 - 12:15

What Schools Can Do to Thrive


- Lessons from studies involving over one-third of England's schools - A range of resources designed to improve academic and non-academic outcomes - Implications for school leadership and school improvement

By Sir Kevan Collins


13:00 - 13:45

The Revised Ofsted Framework and What This Means for Secondary Moderns



By Sean Harford HMI


13:45 - 14:15

A New Hope?


- Could grammar schools be part of the solution, not the problem? - How Multi-Academy Trusts and grammar schools have transformational power - How to promote collaboration, hope and optimism instead of competition, enmity and division

By Desmond Deehan


14:30 - 15:15

How to Design a Great Learning Culture for the Adults in your School


Based on ideas from his latest book 'The Learning Imperative', Andy will explore how such learning cultures can be created. - How to reduce cognitive overload - How perception gaps can stop improvement and how they can be closed - How a culture of truth and trust can be created to kill all toxic anti-learning germs dead

By Andy Griffith


15:15 - 16:00

Through the Eye of a Needle


- How to develop curriculum experiences to meet the needs, backgrounds, experiences and aspirations of all pupils - What we could do better, nationally and in individual schools - Practical suggestions for use back in school as we consider the ten features of an effective curriculum for all learners

By Professor Mick Waters


16:00 - 16:15

Chair's Summary of the Day



By Stephen Cox