Tristram Hunt writes about Labour strategy for SEA magazine

By John Bolt

In the DeceTHunt2mber edition of the SEA Journal, Education Politics, Tristram Hunt contributed a substantial article focussing mainly on the school curriculum. This article represents one of the more detailed statements of Labour’s approach to the curriculum and SEA is pleased to provide the opportunity for this to be shared. Continue reading

Selective education is rising up the agenda: it’s no time for fudging

Artists impression of the Sevenoaks "annexe"

Artists impression of the Sevenoaks “annexe”

According to the Kent on Sunday newspaper (page 11) Nicky Morgan is expected to approve the renewed application for a Sevenoaks “annex” to the Weald of Kent Grammar School.

The Conservatives have blown hot and cold on selective schooling. Some recognise that selection at eleven doesn’t have sufficient political legs to run very far but others just dream of a return to the way things were. Continue reading

Books not a ‘privilege’ for prisoners after all

Prisoner-VectorIn the Orwellian mindset occupied by Chris Grayling and the Ministry of Justice, a ruling by Mr Justice Collins that found ‘refer(ring) to them (books) as a privilege is strange’ was regarded as ‘a surprising judgement.’ So it seems that prisoners will be entitled to receive books through the post in future as they did until recently (provided they don’t contain a file or drugs). Continue reading

Three areas of focus – Tristram Hunt talks to Comprehensive Future

ComprehensiveFutureThe Comprehensive Future group works for a “comprehensive secondary school system with fair admissions to all publicly funded schools and an end to selection by ability and aptitude”. So it was a matter of some interest that Tristram Hunt agreed to talk to its members about Labour’s vision for education at a meeting held in Portcullis House, Westminster on 25th November. Continue reading

Is Tristram Hunt declaring ‘class war’ on private schools?

untitledTristram Hunt came to Walthamstow this morning and made a speech where he highlighted the fact that ‘there can be little doubt that Britain is an increasingly divided country. Riven by growing disparities in the distribution of wealth, power and opportunity.’ He wanted to focus on one particular aspect of that divide: ‘A divide that has become emblematic of a country run for the benefit of the privileged few not the many; The divide between private and state education. ‘ Continue reading

Reclaiming Education – your chance to hear the main contributions.

IMG_20141115_103414518_HDRThe Campaign for State Education (CASE), in conjunction with six other organisations, including the Socialist Educational Association, held a meeting in Birmingham entitled Reclaiming Education – Priorities for the Next Government on Saturday 15th November. The main speakers were Tim Brighouse (until 2007, Schools Commissioner for London), Laura McInerney (Deputy Editor of Academies Week), Navin Kikabhai (senior lecturer at University of Bedfordshire), Richard Hatcher (professor of education at Birmingham City University) and Mary Bousted (General Secretary ATL). Continue reading

The People’s Parliament – Class and Education

PeoplesParliamentThe People’s Parliament is a discussion series held in Parliament, hosted by John McDonnell MP with the aim of livening up, and providing political depth, to the debate in the run up to General Election next May.

On 19th November the People’s Parliament meeting was held under the title Re-thinking schooling: class & education. The meeting took place in Committee Room 10 of the House of Commons with about 80 people in attendance. The speakers were Diane Reay (Professor of Education at Cambridge University), Christine Blower (General Secretary NUT), James McAsh (Student activist – National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts) and Henry Stewart (Local Schools Network). The meeting was chaired by Michael Meacher MP. Continue reading