Towards a National Education Service

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One of the most intriguing issues to arise from the 2017 Labour manifesto was the idea of a National Education Service. To many it was an exciting idea but needed working through in a good deal more detail.

The latest issue of the SEA Journal, Education Politics, takes on that issue. In particular it looks at what it should mean for further, higher and adult education and for youth work. It starts from the premise that as a country we have sadly neglected technical and vocational education and in the post Brexit world we will urgently need to do better. This issue of EP can be found here: Education Politics September 2017

The NES will also be the theme of this year’s Reclaiming Education conference to be held at the NUT (NEU!) building – Hamilton House – in London on 11th November. The event is promoted by the SEA in partnership with other campaigning groups including CASE, Comprehensive Future and the Alliance for Inclusive Education.

The keynote speaker will be Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the NEU but a substantial amount of time will be given to allow delegates to make their contribution to defining what Labour’s NES should look like.

More details of the conference can be found at

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