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Education Inquiry Conference

Coin Street Community Centre

Education Inquiry Conference

The Compass/NUT Education Inquiry has been working hard over the last 6 months to develop a new model of education. More than ever we need you to be a part of the conversation for developing this new model. So far the working groups, Inquiry Council have helped develop an interim report which this special one day conference will be dedicated to. (You can read more about the Inquiry here)  

In Coin Street Community centre 170 of us will meet to flesh out some tricky questions, explore the essence of our developing model and in participatory and creative ways we will debate and chat things through. To help with this we have Labour Shadow Education Spokesperson Tristram Hunt MP being interviewed by Dame Jane Roberts. followed by conference attendees. We really want to get a diverse range of voices involved and we are offering 25 free tickets for those who cannot afford the suggested donation, just email Rosie for more information and details below.

When: 18th of January 2014

Time: Registration: 9.30-10.00 Conference: 10.00- 16.00

Where: Coin Street Community Centre, Southbank (Map)

Speakers: Tristram Hunt MP, Dame Jane Roberts, Prof. Ken Spours- Inquiry Convenor, Christine Blower- NUT

Tickets: see here


9:30: Registration

10am: Welcome and introduction from Jane Roberts and Prof Ken Spours

10:15am:  My educated self:  Round table discussion where we look back on an era of our education and ask the question ‘What would I tell myself then about what I have learned about education now?’ Yas Necati (Campaign4Consent) Peter Mortimore (teacher, researcher and former IoE Director) Fiona Millar (journalist and campaigner) Facilitator: Neal Lawson

11am: Interview with Tristram Hunt by Jane Roberts and reflections from Christine Blower (NUT)

12:15: Lunch

1:15 – 2:45 :  Eight dimensions of change discuss tricky questions and issues facing the Inquiry in dedicated working groups (participants are encouraged to move around groups and report back on 2 main points)

  • Local governance – how to overcome fragmentation and help schools and colleges to work together (Martin Yarnit/Kate McKenzie)
  • Early years and primary education – how to get children off to a good start (Dominic Wyse/Wendy Ellyatt)
  • 14-19 education – how to provide increased learner specialisation and choice and keep options open (Ann Hodgson)
  • Inspection and improvement – how to reform Ofsted in order to develop a sustainable improvement approach (Ken Spours and Melanie Erhen)
  • Teacher and lecturer professionalism – how to develop professional competences to make a democratic education system work well (Dan Taubman) 
  • Student voice and co-production – what is the role of the learner in a democratic education system (Rachel Roberts/ StudentVoice)
  • Democratic and co-operative schools (Jamie Audsley/Jim O’Connell)
  • Wellbeing – how wellbeing can contribute to education development (Brian Matthews)

3:00 pm:  The Inquiry and beyond Jane, Ken and Christine facilitate a discussion to bring out main themes of the day teasing out main issues and reflecting on the two key points from the working groups and what these issues mean for the Inquiry and next steps

3:45 / 4pm Close


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