Senior Leaders’ Think-Piece Webinar 2: Making Room for Impact

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Senior Leaders’ Think-Piece Webinar 2: Making Room for Impact: A De-implementation Guide for Educators

Led by Dylan Wiliam, UCL Institute of Education

We are delighted to welcome the infamous Dylan Wiliam, to lead one of our Think-Piece webinars, exploring themes from his latest book ‘Making Room for Impact: A De-implementation Guide for Educators’.


It is perhaps obvious that if teachers are working as hard as they can, then adding something else is only possible if we first take something away. The problem is that most of what teachers do has a positive impact on pupils, so creating room for any innovation involves stopping teachers doing good things to give them time to do even better things. Deimplementation can also be used to help teachers gain a better work-life balance by taking things off teachers’ plates, and putting nothing back.

Deimplementation can be done in many ways. We can remove things that aren’t contributing much to pupil learning, we can reduce how much we do or the number of people involved, we can re-engineer processes to make them more efficient and we can replace time-consuming activities with more efficient alternatives. The problem is that schools are extremely complex, and removing things that may not seem important can have severe unintended consequences. That is why de-implementation has to be done carefully, anticipating problems, and understanding the complexities of how schools work

In this presentation, participants will learn about a four-step process for de-implementation. The process begins with discovering where there may be opportunities for deimplementation, deciding which areas are likely to be the best targets for deimplementation, carrying out the deimplementation plan, and then reviewing the impact of the deimplementation process. For each of the four steps, participants will also learn about a number of practical strategies that can be used in any school.

DATE: Thursday, 16 November 2023

TIME: 13:00-14:30

We will be using Zoom (online video conferencing software) to host this online event. If you have not used Zoom previously, you may need to download the Zoom software either to a laptop, PC, tablet or smartphone, prior to joining. When you have booked your place a link will be emailed to you, within 48 hours of the webinar, with further instructions about how to join the event.

The session will also be recorded and afterwards an edited version will be available to subscribing schools for 1 month after the live session.



COST: £80 for non-subscribing schools

This webinar forms part of the Gateway Alliance – Senior Leaders’ Network CPD subscription. Schools that have purchased this subscription have 1 FREE place on the live event.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02476 347697 or email:

Dylan Wiliam is Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at University College London.

After a first degree in mathematics and physics, and one year teaching in a private school, he taught in inner-city schools in London for seven years.

In 1984 he joined Chelsea College, University of London, which later merged with King’s College London. From 1996 to 2001 he was the Dean of the School of Education at King’s, and from 2001 to 2003, Assistant Principal of the College. In 2003 he moved to the USA, as Senior Research Director at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ. From 2006 to 2010 he was Deputy Director of the Institute of Education, University of London.

Over the last 15 years, his academic work has focused on the use of assessment to support learning (sometimes called formative assessment). He now works with groups of teachers all over the world on developing formative assessment practices.

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