Category Archives: Events

Time to Act – An Education Bill for the new Parliament

NewEdnBillOver 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 – 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

Caroline Benn Memorial Lecture 2014

Caroline Benn   1926-2000

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 prepares for Annual Conference

Labour's Shadow Cabinet

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

Nicholas Russell

Nicholas Russell     1969-2014

Nicholas Russell

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