The next SEA Members’ Meeting will take place from 2.00 to 4.00 pm on Saturday 17th September in Rooms 1 and 2 at Leeds Civic Hall, Calverley St, Leeds LS1 1UR (booked in the name of Councillor Alex Sobel)
There will be two discussion items:
- Comprehensive Education and Social Justice: the forward march of progress halted?
Professor Howard Stevenson will discuss this theme which is of course of very particular relevance in the light of current government proposals.
Howard Stevenson is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Nottingham University and among other roles is co-Editor of the journal Forum that was originally founded by Professor Brian Simon over 50 years ago. The journal continues to challenge the (re-emerging) orthodoxy of fixed ability thinking and practice, whilst also making the case for the democratic control of education and education as a public good.
- Phasing out Elitist Education
The following resolution was passed by the SEA Annual Conference in June and was referred to the Executive for more detailed debate:
This meeting believes that privately educated alumni’s disproportionate occupation of positions of power and influence across key professions and political institutions undermines both the spirit and practice of democracy in the UK and it instructs the NEC to report back on how the influence of private education might be reduced or possibly abolished.
The SEA Executive will meet in the same location from 12.15 to 1.30. All SEA members are welcome at both these meetings.