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Secondary sector council

Chair: Rob Campbell, executive principal, Impington Village College, Cambridgeshire

The combination of challenges facing secondary schools and their students has never been greater. Many school leaders are concerned about maintaining high standards in the face of simultaneous upheaval on so many fronts. With a perfect storm facing secondary schools, our members must come together to ensure we continue to nurture and cultivate young people’s minds. This council provides a forum for our secondary members to have their say about how we support them and what actions we take on their behalf.

The council, which meets four times a year, helps to steer and develop our policy and campaigning priorities. It considers a broad range of policy areas that include curriculum and assessment, accountability, pupil well-being, recruitment and retention, and funding.

The group supports the work of our membership team in recruiting new secondary members, assists with the development of our training courses and conferences, and ensures our advice and guidance reflects the needs of our secondary members.

Areas of focus for the council include following:

  • Curriculum and assessment, in particular the narrowing of the curriculum through accountability measures, monitoring reforms to GCSEs/A levels, the new GCSE grading system and improving academic transition from key stage two to three
  • Structures, inspection and accountability, in particular Progress 8, Attainment 8, EBacc and SEND progress measures
  • Funding of the secondary sector
  • Recruitment and retention of staff and leaders in the secondary sector
  • Pupil well-being with a focus on mental health, online safety, and safeguarding and child protection.

For any questions about the council, get in touch with our policy team by emailing