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


Tristram 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

Reclaiming Education Conference


With less than six months to the General Election, the fourth Reclaiming Education Conference last Saturday focused on the how to influence the parties in the direction of evidence-based , progressive policies for education. Continue reading

Is London’s GCSE success due to ethnic diversity in capital’s schools ?

untitledAccording to researchers at the Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) at Bristol University, London’s success is less to do with innovative education policy and more to do with the diversity of the city’s population, and in particular the ethnic composition of pupils in London. Previously it had been asserted that it was the focussing of attention and resources, via the London Challenge, that had helped raise the achievement levels of London’s youngsters. Continue reading

Caroline Benn Memorial Lecture – Busting Grammar School Myths

Selina Todd

Selina Todd

Selina Todd delivered this year’s Caroline Benn Memorial lecture to over one hundred people in a House of Commons Committee Room on 11th November 2014. This was the fourteenth CBML and the topic was “The Golden Age of the Grammar School – Exploding the Myth”. Selina Todd is a lecturer in Modern British History and a Fellow of St Hilda’s College Oxford. She has conducted detailed research into the impact of grammar schools on the education of working class children including large numbers of interviews with working class people on their experience of education and its impact on their lives. Continue reading