Education Panel (Online)

  • Event Start: 15th February 2021, 3:00pm
  • Event Type:

Education & Social Mobility:  What is To Be Done?

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At a time when educational disparities risk widening due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's worth asking ourselves the following question:  how can we fix education to help those most in need?  The issue of how education in the UK should be arranged has always been a vexed question, with the two major parties diverging on this subject.  Is the Tory pitch that grammar and free schools are a force for good, offering greater choice and social mobility, a compelling one?  Or does the Labour line that this works against efforts to improve the quality of comprehensives, which 90% of students attend, more agreeable?  Is there a happy medium between these positions that could be reached?  Join us and find out!


  • David Laws  :  The Rt Hon David Laws is the Executive Chairman of the Education Policy Institute, a research institute that aims to promote high quality education outcomes for all children and young people.  He previously served as the Liberal Democrat MP for Yeovil from 2001 to 2015.  As the former Minister of State for Schools from 2012-2015, Mr Laws presided over the Pupil Premium as well as accountability and policy on teachers and leadership
  • Prof Francis Green  :  Prof Francis Green is a Professor of Work & Education Economics at the UCL Institute of Education.  He is the co-author of Engines of Privilege: Britain's Private Schools Problem, a treatise on the independent school system in the UK and a heartfelt appeal against the damage that it does to social mobility, outlining the mechanisms though which privilege persists
  • Andrew Halls OBE  :  Current Headmaster of King's College School, an independent school in Wimbledon.  Prior to this he served as the Master for Magdalen College School, Oxford.  His success at both institutions gives him the distinction of being the only Head to win the Sunday Times School of The Year Award for two different schools.  He was awarded an OBE for his services to education in the New Years Honours List 2020
  • Sir Graham Brady  :  Sir Graham Brady is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Altrincham & Sale West, having served in the role since 1997.  A staunch defender of Grammar Schools, Sir Brady resigned from the frontbench in 2007 over David Cameron's refusal to support and expand them.  Sir Graham also serves as the Chairman of the 1922 Committee, which represents backbench Conservative MPs

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