The SEA’s Annual Conference will be held in London on Saturday 21st June. This will be our last conference before the general election so the focus will be on the kind of radical ideas that can restore sanity to English education.

The keynote speaker will be Peter Wilby. Peter.was for many years an education correspondent and later became editor of the Independent on Sunday and, from 1998 to 2005, editor of the New Statesman. He is well known for taking a firmly iconoclastic view of the current depressing consensus around education policy. If the Emperor has no clothes, he can be relied upon to say so.

An important theme of the conference will be to explore what a new and democratic approach to schooling might look like. This will include looking at the co-operative model of school governance and at the issues around religious discrimination in our schools. Speakers will include

– Trisha Jaffe, Principal at the Corelli Co-operative Academy in South London and Board member of the Schools Co-operative Society and
– Paul Pettinger, Coordinator of the Accord Coalition who campaign for all state funded schools to be made open and suitable for all children, regardless of their or their parents’ religious or non-religious beliefs.
– Martin Johnson from ATL, co-author of the recent TUC report “Education not for Sale” which exposes how far privatisation has infiltrated our schools.

The conference will be at the University of London Union, Malet Street WC1E 7HY. The SEA AGM will be at 10.00 and the conference will begin at 11.00. The cost is £25 (£15 unwaged) including lunch.

Both members and supporters of SEA are welcome. The conference booking form is at or you can just e mail

One Comment on “SEA2014”

  1. lewis doig says:

    Oh dear, it clashes.

    Date: Mon, 26 May 2014 10:44:49 +0000 To: