School Improvement and Leadership (SIG SIL)


Looks at ways to improve performance of schools and their leadership and governance, and draws on those with professional interest/ experience in various educational sectors and roles such as principals, heads/deputies, governors, inspectors, advisors or consultants in public, private or academy-based schools and all age ranges. For more details contact one of the SIG Leads.


Open to all in the Company with an interest or expertise to offer in school leadership & management, and external specialists by invitation. Presently there is a SIG mailing list of some 70, including some from outside the Company, which serves as an active forum for discussion.  It holds meetings/ discussion sessions online via zoom and it is intended that it meet physically in due course.  

SIG LEADS: Susan Cousin/Alan Yellup

If you are interested in joining this SIG or receiving more information about it, please contact the SIG Lead above or the SIG Co-ordinator (


See Company Calendar  for activities in the current year and further Zoom meetings are being planned for 2021.


16 November 2020 – The Group considered presentations entitled ‘Working with Schools to Secure Improvement’ from Paula Kennedy, Compass School about a mentoring system and Susan Cousin about her research on different interventions and management styles used to achieve improvement in difficult circumstances.

13 July 2020 – The Group considered a “mock” report on an imaginary school and 5 volunteers took on the roles of key player who would have to address matters, by examining the issues raised. This was followed by a general discussion session. The event was organised via Zoom and recorded.

27 May 2020 – The Group was launched via zoom session with a panel discussion on How do school leaders make a positive difference to education? The debate was stimulated by presentations from Susan Cousin and Alan Yellup – How do we create and measure improvement in schools? Role of heads and role of those working with schools.


Material such as reports and information about group activities available from SIG Leads on request. The SIG SIL events have mainly been via Zoom and recorded. Please contact the Clerk on for access.


To be completed as SIG develops.