ict2The Education Partnership, and in particular our Chairman Bill Brown and Policy Specialist Jake Anders, conduct research projects and produces publications as part of our mission to provide the best advice to our clients. Recent and ongoing research projects and a list of publications we have been involved with are listed below.

Current Research: Compliance and external inspection outcomes: implications for the governance of independent proprietorial schools.

Bill is currently undertaking a longitudinal study of independent schools, examining the governance implications of compliance and external inspection outcomes. In England, for-profit independent schools form a large and expanding part of the independent education sector. The proprietorial (for-profit) school model does not fit the governance criteria for commercial entities, public bodies or charitable trusts. Rather it incorporates aspects of all three in a unique amalgam to enable its success as a profit-making educational enterprise. Regulations for proprietorial schools are complicated; for proprietors, successful implementation, resulting in a good inspection report, can provide a real commercial advantage.

The intention is to draw conclusions on how Proprietorial Schools can ensure effective governance (regulatory compliance and best practice), as determinants in their external inspections. This research will be beneficial in improving our service to our clients. To this end, we are looking for Proprietorial Schools in England for whom we could undertake a free of charge one-day compliance health check in return for participating in a confidential semi-structured interview on this subject at the end of the day. If you would be interested in taking up this offer please contact [email protected]


2015 – Brown, B., ‘Proprietorship of a privately owned for-profit school: implications for governance and compliance’ in Maiden, A. (ed), ‘The Independent School Governor’s Handbook 2015’ (Third Edition), London: TES Global 2015

2014 – Davis, A., Barclay, A., Brown, B., Carrie, A. M., and Jamil, T. ‘The Wagman research: A study into the collaborative approach at Frederick Hugh House’. The Frederick Hugh Trust, November 2014.

2012 – Brown, B., ‘All set fair?’ in Funding for Independent Schools E-Newsletter, Strategic and Financial Insight, November 2012

2012 – Brown, B., Anders J. and Rigby, J., ‘Promoting outdoor education opportunities for children’ in Kingswood News Autumn 2012, Kingswood Education and Activity Centres

2012 – Brown, B. and Anders, J., ‘Choosing an Outdoor Education Centre’ in Kingswood News Spring 2012, Kingswood Education and Activity Centres

2012 – Lawrence, S., Bird, A. and Brown, B., ‘The Head’s Role: strategies and good practice for the appointment of a head and other academic appointments’ in Maiden, A. (ed), ‘The Independent School Governor’s Handbook’ 2nd ed., Leamington Spa: Pentastic Ltd.

2011 – Brown, B., Anders J., Adshead M. ‘Home Truths’, Funding for Independent Schools, Strategic and Financial Insight, May 2011

2010 – Anders J., Brown B. ‘Outdoor Education – Outer Limits’, Funding for Independent Schools E-Newsletter, Strategic and Financial Insight, November 2010

2010 – Anders J., Adshead M., Brown B. ‘Governance – Proprietorship of an Independent School’, Funding for Independent Schools, Strategic and Financial Insight, May 2010

2010 – Brown, B. and Anders, J. ‘Compliance with Regulations – Toeing the Line’, Funding for Independent Schools, Strategic and Financial Insight, February 2010

1996 – Brown, B. ‘The Responsibilities of Headship and Parental Expectations’ in Newland, O.(ed.), Independent Schools Management and Purchasing Considerations, London: Sterling Publications.

1993 – Hatton, K. and Brown, W. E. (ed.) ‘Timetabling System’, The Priory Papers, Winchester: Edgley Publications.

1992 – Brown, B. ‘Providing for Special Educational Needs Within the Primary Curriculum’ in Jones, K. and Charlton, T. (eds.), Learning Difficulties in Primary Classrooms, London: Rutledge.

1991 – Brown, B. ‘Management in the Residential School’, Education Today, Vol. 41, No. 3, 7 – 14.

1991 – Brown, B. ‘Comments on Recent Reports on Education’, The College of Preceptors Newsletter, January 1991.

1990 – Charlton, T. and Brown, W. E. ‘Locus of Control: Implications for the Special Class Settings’ in Charlton, T. (et al.), Working on the Self, Cheltenham: Faculty of Education, College of St. Paul and St. Mary.

1990 – Brown, B. ‘Philosophical Issues – Implications for Working with Children in Special Education’, Education Today, Vol. 40, No. 4, 23 – 29.

1989 – Loxham, J., Brown, W. E. and Withey, P. ‘Climb When Ready’, Winchester: Edgley Publications.

1982 – Charlton, T. and Brown, W. E., ‘Locus of Control and Children’s Academic Behaviours’, Links Journal, Vol. 7, No. 2, 11 – 15

Past Research Projects

  • A study into the collaborative approach at Frederick Hugh House – Arthur Davis, along with Amanda Barclay, Bill Brown, Anne Marie Carrie and Tanya Jamil, have undertaken research into the unique, collaborative approach to meeting the educational and therapeutic needs of the children at Frederick Hugh House, a special school for children with complex learning difficulties. Read a copy of the report here.
  • ‘Profit-Making Free Schools: Unlocking the Potential of England’s Proprietorial Schools Sector’ – The Education Partnership assisted James Croft with his research for the Adam Smith Institute into free schools and the contribution of the for profit sector. This research was published in May 2011. The research explores the problem of the lack of capital available to fund free schools in significant numbers and the additional capacity that the private sector might bring if the policy could accommodate profit. The focus of the study examines the proprietorial school model for what can be learnt from business and organisational management practices and in terms of impact on the quality of education. While broadly making the case for the strength and viability of this framework in its own right, there is much that free schools policymakers can usefully learn from the experience of the proprietorial schools more generally, and in terms of understanding issues for potential academy/free school conversions.