Comprehensive School Education - Policy Mistake, Lost Ideal or Model for the Future?

Posted by pt91 at Sep 15, 2011 03:12 PM |
University of Leicester holds debate on education policy in London on Wednesday 21 September 2011

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 15 September 2011

A debate on the legacy and future of comprehensive school education is to be held in London by the University of Leicester.

Comprehensive School Education - Policy Mistake, Lost Ideal or Model for the Future? will examine the transformation of Britain’s state schools with leading thinkers and practitioners.

Robert McCartney, Chairman National Grammar Schools Association, Melissa Benn, Writer, journalist and comprehensive schools campaigner, Karen Robinson, Head of Education and Equality, NUT, Dr Philip Cook, from the University of Leicester and James Groves, Head of the Education Unit, Policy Exchange will participate in a debate before an audience at the Court Room, London Bridge.

Dr Cook said: “The arrival of free schools has sparked unprecedented public interest in school policy. This provides a unique opportunity for parents, teachers, and politicians to create schools characterised by excellence and inclusion. My research at the University of Leicester, the most socially inclusive of the UK’s leading research institutions, offers new hope for the ideal of comprehensive schools. Excellence for all children requires inclusion of all children, whilst selection and segregation harm us all. At this crucial moment of change in our schools, this debate will offer new ideas for how to create schools that promote a prosperous and just society.”

The debate takes place as part of Leicester Exchanges, a forum for policy and topical debate that takes place on line and at live events. Each Leicester Exchanges debate will culminate in a Green Paper summarising the discussions and outlining the emergent ideas for decision makers, academic thinkers and opinion leaders.

Chris Rice, from the University of Leicester who manages Leicester Exchanges, said: “Our panel is drawn from thought leaders in the sector, but at the heart of the debate is the audience. People’s views are important and we'd like the audience to have the opportunity to shape the way in which policy is developed in the future alongside our speakers.”

The debate will be held in The Court Room, Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London Bridge, London, SE1 9DD on Wednesday 21 September 2011. Refreshments and drinks reception from 5.30pm in the library; Event starts: 6.15pm prompt; Event finishes: 7.30pm


Note to newsdesk: For more information, please contact

Chris Rice

Marketing Communications Manager

Division of Corporate Affairs and Planning University of Leicester


0116 252 2160

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