We are delighted to announce that the SEA is hosting the annual Caroline Benn Memorial Lecture at the House of Commons on the evening of Tuesday 13th November. The lecture begins at 6pm and will take place in Committee Room 14.
Date and Time:
Tue, November 13, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM GMT
House of Commons, Committee Room 14
This year’s Caroline Benn Lecture will be delivered by Professor Stephen Gorard from Durham University. Stephen is probably the leading academic specialist on all the issues around school choice, selection and its impact on both schools and on young people themselves. His research is absolutely key to understanding how inequality bedevils our school system. Anyone concerned with these issues will need to hear Stephen’s latest views on school intakes and their impact on social cohesion.
Register via Eventbrite to book your tickets for this free event.
We anticipate there will be a high level of demand, so we would advise you to book your place as soon as possible.
This year’s Labour Party Conference runs from Sunday 23rd to Wednesday 26th September and is being held at the ACC in Liverpool. For the first time in several years, SEA is holding a fringe meeting at conference. It will be at 6.00 pm on Sunday 23rd in Concourse Room 4 of the main conference centre.
The theme of the meeting will be “The National Education Service – from Vision to Reality”. Our speakers will be Melissa Benn (SEA Vice President), Emma Hardy MP and Louise Regan (former NUT President). For those in need, refreshments will be served!
As far as education goes, the main focus at conference will be the report of the National Policy Forum’s Education Commission – you can read that here – NPF Education report 2018.
I think that many members will find this document to be very thin in terms of concrete policy proposals. The aim of our fringe meeting will be to address this gap and to explore what specific actions will be needed to make the NES a reality. We would encourage all SEA members and supporters to raise the need for a more detailed and robust plan for the NES in CLPs and union branches.
At our Executive meeting in Leeds on 15th September, we will be discussing how we can work at Conference to this end. This meeting will be at the St George’s Centre, Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3DL from 11.00 to 4.00. All SEA members are welcome.
Over the last year the SEA together with our partners in the Reclaiming Education Alliance has been promoting seven key principles that we think should be at the heart of a new government’s education policies. We believe that they all need to be implemented if we are to build a school system that promotes high standards, fairness and equality across the country. As we approach the election, we have developed our ideas about how the principles can be put into practice. Continue reading
The 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
Caroline Benn 1926-2000
Selina Todd will give this year’s Caroline Benn Memorial Lecture in November. The lecture will be on ‘The golden age of the grammar school: exploding the myth!’. It is open to all but to ensure a place please write to us at
Dr Selina Todd Lectures in Modern British History at St Hilda’s. Continue reading
Labour’s Shadow Cabinet
Labour’s policy processes will reach their culmination at the Labour Party Annual Conference in Manchester 21st – 24th September 2014. Continue reading
The SEA is extremely sad to report that one of its longstanding National Executive members, Nicholas Russell, died suddenly on 17th August 2014.
Former SEA General Secretary, Martin Dore posted a short tribute on the Facebook group page set up in memory of Nicholas: ‘In addition to all his other commitments, Nicholas was also a longstanding NEC member of the Socialist Educational Association. Continue reading