The UCL Institute of Education (IoE), in partnership with Tes, has launched a series of live debates on the key issues in education.
The debate series “What if…” will be free to attend and will reflect on the current status quo in education, celebrate progress and consider how we can improve things.
The first debate, on 31 October, “What if… we wanted to further social mobility through education?” explores the debate around social mobility in the UK, the role that education can play in boosting mobility, and how that might best be achieved.
The panel is chaired by Professor Becky Francis, director of the UCL IoE, and includes Lord Willetts, executive chair of the Resolution Foundation, James Croft, founding director of the Centre for Education Economics, Diane Reay, professor of education at the University of Cambridge, and Kate Pickett, co-author of The Spirit Level and professor at the University of York.
Professor Francis said: “We’re creating a stimulating, outward-facing events programme that will bring these debates to the public, to education practitioners and policymakers, as well as to parents and students. We want to bring some fresh thinking to pivotal debates in the field.”
Ed Dorrell, head of content at Tes, said: “The IoE has long been one of Britain’s most influential homes for educational discussion – and so has Tes. It’s a natural fit.
“I fully expect both the series and the partnership to become firmly established on the education landscape.”
Coming up in the series, we will discuss how to overcome the academic-vocational divide (28 November) and how to transform teaching as a career choice (5 December).
If you’re not able to attend in person, you will be able to follow the debates on Twitter (search for #IOEDebates), as well as being able to watch the event live on the Tes Facebook page.
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