Picking up the Pieces

A conference promoted by the Campaign for State Education, the Socialist Educational Association, Comprehensive Future, Forum and Information for School and College Governors.

It’s a widely held view that by the time the next election comes round, English education will be in a very sorry state. One small consolation perhaps is that this is looking more and more like a one term government.

Last year the “Caught in the Act” Conference analysed the implications of the Gove revolution for our schools and our communities. We’re now half way through this parliament so it seems like the right time for our next conference to consider what the practical agenda of the next government should be.

The conference is called “Picking up the Pieces” because that will be the task of the next government – putting together the pieces of a fragmented education system, creating a curriculum and examination system that is relevant to the 21st century information age and putting equal opportunities back at the centre of policy.

It will take place on Saturday 17th November at the Camden Centre in Central London very close to Euston, St Pancras and Kings Cross stations. The aim will be generate ideas so that a future government can begin to rebuild our public education service.

The speakers at the Conference will be:

 Stephen Twigg, MP Shadow Secretary of State for Education

  • Francis Beckett Author and journalist
  • Tim Brighouse Former Director of Education for Birmingham and Schools Commissioner for London
  • Peter Downes Specialist in school finance, former headteacher, past president of the secondary heads association and Liberal Democratic councillor.
  • Peter Mortimore Professor of Education andformer Director of the Institute of Education, London
  • David Wolfe QC Specialist in education law and author of the definitive blog on education law “A Can of Worms

This conference will enable everyone attending to participate in the process of setting a new course for schools in England. There will be ample opportunity for debate as well as the chance to hear an exceptionally high calibre group of speakers.

For up-to-date information go to: http://tinyurl.com/PutP2012. It would be really good if readers could download the flyer and circulate it as widely as possible

Conference fee: £25 in advance, £30 on the day.

You can book for the conference:

Online at http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/27512 (plus booking fee) or

By post – please send cheques for £25 with your name and contact details payable to “CASE” to: Picking up the Pieces, c/o 160 Melrose Avenue, London, NW2 4JY

Last year’s conference was sold out so early booking is recommended.