Events

Lords Briefing 17th November 2016

CALLAGHAN’S RUSKIN SPEECH DEBATE

Forty years ago, Prime Minister James Callaghan spoke on education at Ruskin. It was a landmark speech which changed political attitudes to schooling. Previously politicians had not commented on what happened inside schools. Since the speech they have hardly stopped doing so.

On 17th November a seminar at the House of Lords will explore the speech and its significance. Was this the turning point towards the regime of hyperaccountability and league tables we now see dominating English Education?

Speakers will be Lord Bernard Donoughue, the head of the Number 10 unit in 1976, Lord David Blunkett, Secretary of State for Education 1997-2001, and Fiona Millar, journalist and broadcaster. Chair Professor Richard Pring, University of Oxford.

The event will run from 1600 to 1800 hours. Registrations are now at capacity please get in touch to get further information and news of future events.