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New SEA Branches

It’s really exciting to be able to record how many new SEA branches are starting up. In the last couple of weeks there have been inaugural meetings in Liverpool and Brighton and Hove, both with really good attendances. Tomorrow a south west London group will have its first meeting and the AGM of the Greater Manchester branch is set for 30th January.

We would like to encourage members in other areas to think about whether local groups could be formed. It’s a great way to raise the profile of education locally and to encourage councillors and MPs to make education a real campaigning issue.

The rules for branches are set out in the SEA constitution under “The SEA” tab at the top of this page and more information is available from It just takes a couple of keen members to take the initiative and get something going.

UK Disability History Month

UK Disability History Month takes place from November 22nd till December 22nd. 

This is the 8th year  in which this event has taken place. The theme this year is ”Disability and Art”. The introductory broadsheet can be downloaded from Disability-and-Visual-Art_UKDHM-Broadsheet-2017. On-line materials are available for UK Disability History Month November/December 2017 at

If anyone wants to come to the Launch in Parliament on November 22nd at 6pm please email  


SEA Members’ Meeting 18th November

The next SEA members’ meeting will be on Saturday 18th November from 2.00 to 4.00 pm. It will be held in Room 153 of Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HXLondon.

The SEA Executive will be meeting from 11.00 in the same room. All SEA members are welcome to both meetings.

At the members’ meeting we will be debating:

  • Labour’s ideas for a National Education Service. At conference a ten point charter outlining the principles that will underpin the NES. But there is much to do to develop a concrete policy platform around these principles. The charter can be downloaded from The NES charter
  • Local elections 2018 – next year there will be local elections for London and metropolitan boroughs and unitary authorities all of whom still have responsibility for education and children’s services. But there is a real risk that education is slipping off the radar of many local authorities – SEA needs to encourage Labour parties and groups to make sure education is still a significant part of their manifesto.

West Midlands Schools Cuts Summit

Jack Dromey MP, Birmingham City council, the NAHT and the NEU are hosting a school summit on Friday November 10th 12:30-2pm with Angela Rayner MP. It is an opportunity for teachers and staff to share fears about what the school funding cuts the Tory Government are introducing will mean for them.

SEA members in the West Midlands are invited to attend. The invitation can be downloaded here: School cuts summit

Rebecca Allen to deliver the Caroline Benn Memorial Lecture 2017

This year’s Caroline Benn Memorial Lecture will be on Tuesday 7th November in the House of Commons beginning at 6.00pm.

 It will be delivered by Dr Rebecca Allen, Director of Datalab. Her theme will be “Making teaching a job worth doing (again)”

 Datalab is a research organisation that uses large scale administrative and survey datasets to support policy makers and those working with schools. It has developed a formidable reputation for the quality of its analysis and for its willingness to challenge received wisdom and assumptions.

Rebecca Allen is a former school teacher and academic at UCL Institute of Education. She is an expert in school accountability, pupil admissions and teacher labour markets.

 In introducing the lecture, Dr Allen writes:

“Policy makers and the profession agree that we need to reduce teacher working hours, but doing something about it isn’t as easy as it first appears. This lecture will describe how government, the inspectorate, school leaders and the profession itself have, through seemingly unconnected decisions, created a toxic working environment for teachers. It will suggest a blueprint for how we make the job manageable again.”

This is a free event but it’s important that those wishing to attend register by emailing

We anticipate there will be a high level of demand for this event, so please register your interest as soon as possible.



Towards a National Education Service

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

Book your place at







SEA in Leeds 16th September

The next SEA meetings will be at Leeds Church Institute, 20 New Market Street, Leeds, LS1 6DG (note the entrance is in Central Road) on Saturday 16th September.All SEA members are welcome.

As usual the schedule will be

Finance and General Purposes at 11.0
National Executive at 12.15
Lunch break at 1.30
Members meeting at 2.00 to 4.00 pm

A significant item on the NEC agenda will be how we can work with our growing membership to develop local branches and relate better to local constituency parties.

The main theme in the all members meeting will be the curriculum and its assessment. We’ll be looking to critique the Tory National Curriculum and the new SATs, GCSEs and A level exams. However it will be really useful if members with direct experience of the new curriculum and exams can share their views and their students’ experiences.



SEA Calendar 2017-18

SEA Meetings

Sat 16th September         Leeds

Sat 18th November          London

Sat 13th January              Birmingham

Sat 10th March                 Manchester

Sat 12th May                     Cardiff

All members are welcome to any part of these meetings. We deal with association business in the morning (from 11.00 am) and schedule policy debate and speakers from 2.00 to 4.00.

Caroline Benn Memorial Lecture

Tue 7th November           House of Commons, London

This year’s lecture will be delivered by Rebecca Allen, Director of Education Datalab.  You can read more about Rebecca and her work at: and at

Book your place for the lecture by email to

Reclaiming Education Annual Conference

This year’s conference will be on Sat 11th November at the NUT building in London. The theme of the conference will be “A national Education Service – what should it mean?” More details are at Reclaiming Education Conference 2017 – What should a National Education Service be like?

SEA Annual Conference

This will be held on Saturday 23rd June in London. It will be followed on Sun 24th by the first meeting of the 2018-19 SEA Executive.