Current projects

These are a selection of the projects on which we are working currently. To see more examples of projects we have undertaken in the past, see here.

delivery, efficiency and innovation

Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge

Isos is supporting the European Mayors Challenge winning cities – Athens, Barcelona, Kirklees, Stockholm and Warsaw – to implement their innovative projects effectively and successfully. Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge is designed to help pioneer city innovation and spread exciting new ideas around the world. We are supporting this programme in partnership with the Innovation Unit.

strategic planning

Strategic reviews of special educational needs services and provision

Many local authorities in England are considering how local services and provision support children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND). We have carried out strategic SEND reviews in East Sussex, Leeds, Lincolnshire, Middlesbrough and North Yorkshire, and we are working currently with a number of other local areas to review and help shape their local services and provision.

strategic planning

Looking at the future of the local authority role in education in England

We are currently carrying out research, commissioned by the Local Government Association, on how the future local authority role in education is being developed in different local areas in England. We are also working with a number of individual local authorities to help to define and shape their education role and how they will support school improvement in the future.

research and evaluation

Researching the school improvement approaches of multi-academy trusts, teaching school alliances and local authorities

We are currently working with the UCL Institute of Education on research, commissioned by Department for Education, into how providers with responsibilities for improvement across multiple schools support sustainable, whole-school improvement, specifically how they identify improvement needs, implement solutions and measure impact and improvements. We have also been working with the South West region to develop a school improvement framework for use by multi-academy trusts.

organisational capacity

Research into local alternative provision systems

We are currently leading a research team that is carrying out research commissioned by the Department for Education on local alternative provision systems. The research will involve gathering comparable information about alternative provision and how it is used in each local area across England, in order to inform both national policy decisions as well as identifying the hallmarks of effective local practice.