Our webinar on Thursday December 10th proved hugely popular, and our speakers offered thoughtful and inspiring views on the direction of comprehensive education. If you missed the event you can catch up by watching a video below.

Thanks to our speakers  Dr Mary Bousted, Danny Dorling, Thelma Walker and John Bercow, and to our excellent Chair, Dr Nuala Burgess.

The panel 

John Bercow

John Bercow is the former Speaker of the House of Commons. MP for Buckingham 1997 – 2019, John has first-hand experience of the many problems of the 11-plus  and its impact on overall  educational attainment. He recently wrote a piece for the Guardian about his change of mind on selection.


Dr Mary Bousted

Mary Bousted is a former secondary school teacher and joint general secretary of the National Education Union. She is a passionate supporter of comprehensive education.


Danny Dorling

Danny Dorling is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford. A leading academic on issues of social justice and inequality, his latest book is ’Finntopia: what we can learn from the world’s happiest country.’

Thelma Walker

Thelma Walker is the former Labour MP for Colne Valley and member of the Education Select Committee. A former primary school head, her current roles include coordinator for Labour Against Private Schools and member of the NEC for the Socialist Education Association.

The event was chaired by Comprehensive Future’s Chair, Dr Nuala Burgess.