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The 1988 Education Act: Legacies for the Present

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2018 marks the 30th anniversary of a landmark piece of educational legislation in the UK – the 1988 Education Act – which has had a deep and lasting impact on education policy and educational practice in the UK and overseas. For its 2018 annual colloquium, the BERA History SIG bring together historians of education and teacher practitioners to reflect on the significance and enduring legacies of the Acts for educational theory, policy research and practice both now and in the future.


13.00 Registration
 13.30 Keynote and discussion
Peter Cunningham, University of Cambridge
 14.30 Refreshments break
 15.30 Teacher and Teacher Educators’ Panel (with Q&A)
Ali Messer, University of Roehampton
Karin Doull, University of Roehampton
Jonathan Doney, University of Exeter

 16.40 Keynote and discussion
Philip Gardner, University of Cambridge
 17:45 Concluding thoughts
 17:55 Completion of evaluation forms
18.00 End of event


The BERA Early Career Researcher Network offers a limited amount of bursaries to the value of £75 towards travel for BERA Student Members only.

To apply for one of these bursaries, please email with a 250 word statement on why you want to attend this event and why you need the financial assistance. Bursaries are offered on a first come, first served basis. Travel expenses will be reimbursed after the event in accordance with our travel policies. You must not have previously received bursary funding from BERA.