Do we have the education system we want? The funding crisis facing schools has led West Sussex school governors to threaten to strike; in Hastings the local Council, MP and community have expressed serious concerns about the closure of a university centre; in Brighton & Hove – and across the country – parents have expressed their opposition to the over testing of young children while Ofsted, too often, seems to treat schools and colleges simply as exam factories. University students leave their courses owing thousands of pounds while many teachers are leaving the profession and many parents considering if the school they want for their child exists. Further and adult education has faced years of cuts to funding – including to English courses for refugees and asylum seekers – while the influential IFS has criticised the government’s apprenticeship proposals. Over the last ten years, hundreds of thousands of parents, teachers and local councillors (including many in Brighton & Hove) have been vocal in their opposition to forced academies, grammar schools and unneeded free schools and cuts to local authority education services.
What’s going wrong with education and how do we bring about a better system? Come and join parents, teachers, lecturers, school support staff and governors and local councillors and residents discuss what needs to be done.
All welcome. Doors open at 6pm (cafe and networking) for the meeting at 7pm.