Be part of Labour Policy making

Labour’s education policy making is at a crucial stage. Policy reviews are currently underway covering special educational needs, the school curriculum and the decentralisation of power (the “middle tier”). At the same time the Gove revolution continues to gather pace and issues such as forced academy conversion are arousing huge controversy.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know the kind of issues that the SEA is addressing, how it reacts to government policies and how it’s seeking to help to shape Labour’s emerging policies.

It’s against this background that the SEA is holding its Annual Conference on Saturday 23rd June in Birmingham. The centrepiece of the day will be the Birmingham campaign against forced academy conversion  with a debate led by Richard Burden MP. Other sessions will consider issues arising from the Labour policy reviews and campaigning plans for the year ahead. The next twelve months are going to be critical both in building opposition to the creeping privatisation of education and in developing policies for a new Labour government in 2014.

Some readers will be members of SEA already. To come to the conference just contact and book your place. The conference is at:

The Priory Rooms

Quaker Meeting House

40 Bull Street

Birmingham B4 6AF

 and will run from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Its £20 waged and £15 unwaged including lunch.

If you’re not a member, what about joining now and playing a full part in SEA policy making and activities? All members receive the bi-monthly journal “Education Politics”. A membership form is to be found at Book in for the conference at the same time.

Finally, if you’re really not a joiner, the central part of the programme – from 12.00 to 3.15 – is open to any supporter of SEA and Labour education policies. Again just book your place by contacting The non-member rate is £15 or £12 unwaged again including lunch.