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Strategic planning

Governance leadership forum: Shaping the future of education policy

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12:30 - 13:30
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12:30 - 13:30

The Foundation for Education Development (the FED) is dedicated to the belief that long-term strategic education planning is vital to the success of the country and its people. In the spirit of collaboration, the FED provides an independent and neutral space for stakeholders to help shape the future of education.

In this event the Chair of the FED, Carl Ward, and FED Executive member, Jo Malone, will share with you the FED’s proposals for more inclusive, informed, long-term policy making for education in England. We invite you to listen to the proposals, to discuss them in breakout rooms, and to give feedback, specifically around how our proposals would impact your role as a governor or trustee.


In 2023 FED completed a 3-year consultation about the English Education System – the biggest qualitative consultation ever undertaken on education in England. Please access the 2023 report here: National Education Consultation Report. In this report you will find their analysis of the current situation and their proposals for how policy making should change if we want an education system which is fit for the future, meets the needs of ALL learners and puts flourishing at the heart of the system.


Please note that this event has a limited delegate space, so we recommend you book your place soon. If you can no longer attend the event, please cancel your space to allow other members to attend.

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Carl is Chief Executive of the City Learning Trust; a 3 to 19 Academy Trust in Staffordshire. He is also Chair of the Foundation for Education Development (FED). He has regional, national and international experience in education strategy, leadership development and school to school improvement.


Jo is passionate about the transformative power of education and combatting inequalities across the system. She is an independent education consultant mainly working on education policy in the FED executive team. Jo has extensive global education experience, from her decade at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, as well as a solid understanding of the English education system.

For the FED Jo led the 2022 and 2023 national consultations and co-authored the subsequent reports. In addition, she leads the FED’s work on climate change & sustainability, its work with the OECD on Education for Human Flourishing and leads on the 2024 FED Roadshow and FED North.