All political parties are passionate about education as a vehicle to spreading opportunity and enabling young people to fulfil their potential. The running, funding, structure and content of the state education system is also of huge importance to millions of families on a daily basis. What political parties propose to do in education is therefore always near the top of the agenda during any General Election campaign.
As we approach the next General Election, Policy Exchange is delighted to host a high profile one day conference to discuss what the political parties should commit to in their manifestos for 2015. We are delighted that both the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, and the Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Tristram Hunt, have agreed to give keynote addresses.
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Also supported by:
Anne Longfield, Chief Executive, 4Children;
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue;
Dame Alison Peacock, Headteacher, Wroxham School.
Nick Hillman, Director, HEPI;
Mark Leach, Editor in Chief, WonkHE;
Rachel Wenstone, VP Higher Education, NUS;
Professor Thomas Docherty, University of Warwick;
Professor Alan Smithers, University of Buckingham.
Introduced by: Simon Lebus, Chief Executive, Cambridge Assessment
Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment;
Daisy Christodoulou, Research and Development Manager, ARK;
Andrew Hall, Chief Executive, AQA;
John Blake, Editor, Labour Teachers;
Katharine Birbalsingh, Headteacher and Founder, Michaela Community School.
Steve McCabe MP, Shadow Minister for Children and Families;
Carol Homden, Chief Executive, Thomas Coram Foundation for Children;
Chloe Combi, founder of Write Club, author and journalist;
Natalie-Jane MacDonald, Chief Executive, Acorn Care and Education.
Rt Hon Lord Jim Knight, Former Schools Minister and Managing Director of Online Learning, TSL;
David Wheeldon, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, BSkyB;
Andy Westwood, Chief Executive, Guild HE;
Julian Gravatt, Assistant Chief Executive, Association of Colleges.
Stephen Tall, Editor, Lib Dem Voice;
Mary Bousted, General Secretary, Association of Teachers and Lecturers;
James O’Shaughnessy, Managing Director, Floreat Education;
Alasdair Smith, National Secretary, Anti Academies Alliance.