Read our summit rapporteur’s report from the morning and afternoon sessions at Best in Class on our blog.

Read Nick Gibb’s speech to the summit in full here.

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Our summit generated considerable press attention. Here are links to some of the coverage:

Ofsted chief criticises independent schools’ lack of help for state schools (The Guardian)

Teachers in deprived schools ‘more likely to be inexperienced’ (The Guardian)

Sir Michael Wilshaw: We need ‘battle-axes’ for teachers to improve schools (Telegraph)

We need battlers in our classrooms, not appeasers, says Ofsted chief (Daily Mail)

Unruly pupils and weak school leaders put off bright teachers, says Ofsted chief (Press Association)

More time out of classroom ‘best way to attract teachers to challenging schools (Press Association)

Council leaders ‘keep status quo’ for sake of adults not pupils, says schools minister (Telegraph)

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw calls for twenty-something recruits to be fast-tracked into headships (Independent/The i)

‘Financial incentive’ needed to get teachers into tough schools (Yorkshire Post)

Nick Gibb: ‘Teachers should be free to use 50-year old teaching techniques’ (TES)

Pupil progress bonus recommended in report (

Heads should be ‘bruisers’ and ‘battleaxes’, says Ofsted chief (TES)

Give teachers ‘more money and free time’ for working in tough schools (TES)

Experienced teachers more likely to choose schools with wealthy pupils over deprived ones (Schools Week)

`Bewildering school choice is marginalising weaker parents, academy boss warns (Schools Week)

Disadvantaged schools have fewer qualified teachers (CYPNow)

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