In a unique communications partnership, RM Education are delighted to be working with FASNA and ITN Productions who are producing a news and current affairs-style programme which will explore using school autonomy as a means to support creative leadership and to examine how greater freedoms can lead to better outcomes for pupils.

Drawing upon ITN’s 60 year heritage and expertise in storytelling, ‘Using Autonomy’ will look at the many changes that have occurred in policy across the 24 years since FASNA first promoted, then helped secure autonomy for schools and sought to evidence its success.

The programme will aim to create a greater understanding of how autonomy can be closely allied with accountability, and look at like-minded schools working together to make the most of their freedoms; it will also examine how schools may be able to cater to their communities’ particular needs by harnessing the freedoms which come with greater school autonomy.

FASNA is pleased to be working with ITN Productions to extend our reach and profile and to highlight that in England we have some of the best schools in the world working as academies and in multi-academy trusts

Tom Clark - Chair of the Board, FASNA

The objective is to heighten awareness among policy makers, politicians and the sector about the current success stories of autonomous schools, that have sought greater freedoms, but also to support schools seeking to convert to academy status, and to help them take advantage of academy status.

‘Using Autonomy’ will be an in-depth, online programme providing a unique platform to stimulate debate. It will champion collaboration, celebrate innovation and encourage an exchange of ideas.

The news-style piece will combine key interviews and news-style reports with editorial profiles of some of the leading organisations, including RM Education, who are working closely with academies to drive standards forward further and ensure every child fulfils their potential.

Premiered at a specially scheduled event, ‘Using Autonomy’ will be launched at the FASNA Autumn Conference 2016, 2nd November 2016, and made available online later.

Watch Tom Clark's interview with Natasha Kaplinsky

The RM video featuring UTC Oxfordshire's Principal Owain Johns and Maxine Evans, CEO of the National Education Trust will be premiered at the conference later today, and you can see it online in the first online viewing at 12:30 today.

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