Our AGM event, ‘Comprehensive Education : Winning the Support of Parents’

Our AGM event will take place on November 27th at 6.45 pm at Mander Hall, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9BD (Please note this is a change of venue.) The theme will be, ‘Comprehensive Education : Winning the Support of Parents.’  As a General Election approaches our panel will discuss school choice, misunderstandings about comprehensive education, and why politicians continue to expand selective education.  Tickets are free and available HERE.

Our speakers are:

Madeleine Holt
Madeleine Holt organises Meet the Parents, a pioneering scheme to give primary school parents the inside story on their local secondary schools. Meet the Parents arranges for families from local comprehensive schools to visit feeder primaries and talk frankly about their secondary school experience. She is also co-founder of Rescue Our Schools, a parent- led campaign group for properly funded, imaginative and locally accountable state education and helped set up the alliance for alternatives to SATS, More than a Score. She was formerly culture correspondent on BBC Newsnight and has gone back to making films about innovative state schools for both More than a Score and the Edge Foundation.

Gillian Hargreaves
Gillian Hargreaves was a BBC News correspondent and braodcaster for 25 years. She worked all ove the world reporting wars,  politics and natural disasters.  The last ten years were spent as Education Correspondent reporting all aspects of education policy from the last Labour adminsitration (Ed Balls) the Coalition (Michael Gove,  Nicky Morgan) and the Conservative government (Justine Greening.) Now a mother of two boys she lives in Kent and lobbies hard to convince parents that selection at 11 should be banned.  She is a Governor at a Kent Primary School and trustee at the Tenax Academies Trust.

Gillian grew up in Stoke on Trent,  has an  impeccable working class background and was educated at a comprehensive school.  She was the first member of her family to have a university education.

Harry Kutty

Harry Kutty is the Headteacher of Cantell School in Southampton. He has been a Headteacher for three years having previously been Associate Headteacher, at the same school. Harry is a trained OFSTED Inspector and has been inspecting in the South East since 2014. Two years ago, Cantell School helped to form and became part of an innovative Co-operative Trust; The Aspire Community Trust, of which Harry is the Chair. In Leading a PFI Secondary School, Harry retains a key interest in School Finance and is the Vice Chair of Southampton School`s Forum.

Professor Simon Burgess

Simon Burgess is a Professor of Economics at the University of Bristol. His research interests are in the economics of education with particular interests in teacher effectiveness; pupil motivation; school accountability; choice and competition, school admissions and unequal access to high-performing schools. He also works on the educational performance of minority students and ethnic segregation in schools.

Our Chair will be John Dickens, Editor of Schools Week. Tickets are free and all our supporters are welcome, but numbers are limited so please reserve a space if you intend to attend. Online tickets are available here.

We look forward to seeing you at our AGM.