Trust Ambition webinar: How can trusts balance autonomy vs alignment?

Join this free webinar at 4.30pm on Thursday 18 April at 4:30pm

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Autonomy vs Alignment?

This free webinar aims to re-frame the discussion for trusts around autonomy and alignment. How can trusts ensure their approach works for all their schools, families and the children they teach? And how can we help them to make the best decisions around whether or how to deliver integrated practice across their trust? 

Jennifer Barker

Webinar Chair. Jennifer Barker is the Senior Dean of Learning at Ambition Institute, where she leads the design of all programmes and research team. Prior to working at Ambition Institute, she led the design team at Teach First and before that spent nearly 10 years in teaching and senior leadership roles in Manchester.

Jennese Alozie

Joins our panel. Jennese is the CEO of the University of Chichester Academy Trust. Jennese started her career as a secondary school English teacher, before taking on a range of senior and executive roles. Recently, Jennese has been part of the executive team leading a successful MAT operating across London and East Sussex.

Leora Cruddas CBE

Joins our panel. Leora is the founding Chief Executive of the Confederation of School Trusts (CST). Leora has advised successive governments and sits on several Department for Education advisory boards.

Luke Sparkes

Joins our panel. Luke is Chief Executive of Dixons Academies Trust. He is committed to challenging educational disadvantage in the North. Luke was founding principal of Dixons Trinity Academy in Bradford - the first secondary free school to be judged Outstanding by Ofsted.


Please submit any questions about autonomy vs alignment in the form above so they can be answered in the Q&A session by our panel.

More about Ambition Institute

Who we are

Ambition Institute helps schools tackling educational disadvantage to keep getting better, and their teachers and school leaders to become more expert over time.

What we do

We want to ensure there are expert teachers in every classroom, being led by exceptional school leaders at all levels. Through our suite of programmes we’re now able to support educators at every stage – from new teachers through to MAT CEOs.

Why we exist

We know that children from disadvantaged backgrounds don’t do as well at school and we know that improving teaching and school leadership is the best way to fix this.

Our expertise

Our programmes are informed by the latest research and the lessons we’ve learned from great teachers and school leaders like you. We don’t have all the answers, but we use both evidence and the wisdom of experts to guide our way.