An evening of discussion and debate about what should be taught in our schools.
Featuring talks from:
The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education, has recently announced a review of the primary and secondary National Curriculum in England. As part of this review the Department for Education has issued a Call for Evidence asking for opinions and evidence that will start a national debate about what is taught in the schools of England.
How will you respond?
This purpose of this event is to engage participants in a discussion that will explore differing points of view about existing education provision and how it may be improved to encourage informed responses to the DfE's call.
Each of our panelists will present a 5 minute position statement after which they will be invited to ask each other questions before opening the discussion to the room.
Following this discussion the rest of the evening will be an opportunity to socialise, network and continue the debate with people whom may have a differing viewpoint from your own in anticipation that new conversations will start, new opinions formed and a better understanding of views that may be counter to your own.
Drinks and sandwiches will be available on arrival followed by a cash bar and music.
Dress code: smart/casual/urban chic
As part of the evening, following the discussion, Katharine Birbalsingh will be launching her book, "To Miss with Love" which is about the lives of teachers and children in an ordinary London school. (supported by Penguin).
rose to prominence after her speech at the Conservative Party conference in October last year. She has been teaching for over a decade in various London schools. She loves working in the inner city and is passionately dedicated to improving the state education system. Anyone who knows Katharine would say she loves kids and education.
is the author of How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2001) and The Sound of No Hands Clapping (2006). In addition to being a freelance journalist, he is leading the efforts of a parent group in West London to set up a state secondary school. To learn more about that project, visit the school's website.
has been Headmaster of three schools, Sydney Grammar School in Australia, Oundle School and since 2005 Winchester College. He recently created Winchester International Symposium, which links pupils in ten schools around the world, including African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg and Karachi Grammar School in Pakistan, in a common study programme.
was CEO and one of the original founders of Epic Group plc, which established itself as the leading company in the UK e-learning market, floated on the Stock Market in 1996 and sold in 2005. Describing himself as ‘free from the tyranny of employment’, he is now a board member of Ufi/learndirect, Caspian Learning (learning games tool provider), LearningPool (content provider), Brighton Arts Festival, and a school governor.
is the Senior Teacher/ICT Co-ordinator at Oakdale Junior School in the London Borough of Redbridge. Dawn has been using the Nintendo DS in the school for the last 18 months and incorporates the use of them across the Junior school (350 pupils) and across the curriculum. She has been used Brain Training, Professor Layton and Pictochat to enable and enhance the curriculum for all.
former Ofsted Inspector, Head of Art, Design and Technology in a secondary school, an educational technologist with an interest in technology education and a technology educationalist with an interest in educational technology. Series editor/author for "Design and Make It" and "Getting IT Right" for Nelson Thornes. A consultant on the e-scape e-portfolio and assessment project at Goldsmiths College. Director of an online educational publisher.
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