SERTUC Education Conference, Sat 7 February, London

A major conference on education organised by South-East Region TUC (SERTUC) with support from the Anti Academies Alliance and Reclaiming Education. After five years of the Coalition’s policies our education system is fragmented, under-resourced and over stretched. Thousands of schools have been removed from local accountability and handed to academy sponsors – often against the wishes of parents and teachers and too often with disastrous consequences. The flagship Free Schools policy is in tatters and the spectre of privatisation continues to haunt schools. There is an urgent need to discuss what we do now and how we rebuild a high quality and more equitable education system. This is the purpose of this major conference.
The conference will take place at Congress House, Great Russell St, London (registration 9.30am for 10.00am start) and we have been very fortunate to secure an impressive range of speakers and contributors. Linda Norrby from the Swedish teaching union Laraforbundet will speak on ‘What we can learn from the Swedish Free School experiment’. Mary Bousted (ATL), Kevin Countney (NUT), Megan Dobney (SERTUC), Dr Patrick Roach (NASUWT), Professor Gus John (Institute of Education) and speakers from the GMB, Unison and Unite will make important contributions. The conference will include an Education Question Time chaired by Zoe Williams from The Guardian with a panel including Natalie Bennett (Green Party), Jonathan Simons (Policy Exchange) and Alasdair Smith (Anti Academies Alliance). Workshop sessions will include Reclaiming Education, Hands Off Hove Park Campaign, Alliance for Inclusive Education, Communities for Empowerment Network, Our Community Our Schools and others.
A flyer for the conference is here SERTUC AAA conf flier 26 1 15 pdf.
Tickets are free (but in demand) and registration is essential. Email sertuc@tuc.org.uk or call 020 7467 1220.
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