Education Election Debate
This forum will discuss and explore the educational perspectives of the two major British political parties as the forthcoming general election approaches. Labour appears to be concentrating on ‘innovation’ in staff development and accreditation, with a new Masters Level qualification and a ‘Licence to Teach’, as well as newer forms of schools such as ‘Academies’ and examinations (the notorious Diplomas). Meanwhile, in universities, they propose shorter degrees with more focus on graduate employment. The Conservatives, by contrast, have promised teachers will be free (from Labour’s bureaucracy) to introduce students to the ‘best our civilization has produced’ and are making noises about academic standards and ‘choice’. Our speakers will be secondary school physics teacher and author David Perks and education publisher Philip Walters.