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Policy Options & Consequences: Education System Design – perspectives from across the UK

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Drawing on and celebrating the launch of the recent publication Education System Design: Foundations, Policy Options and Consequences, this webinar introduces speakers from the four nations and authors from the book to debate the key challenges for education policy today. The book focuses mainly on England as, following an intense period of deregulation and marketisation of the school system and teacher education since 2010, practices in the education sector have become an international outlier. As the opening speaker, Sarah Younie will focus on policy development in England which is presented as a cautionary tale about how overzealous interventions by politicians has caused fragmentation and a loss of coherence in what was a successful system. She will outline a way forward for England to return to a coherent and stable education system with managed innovation, high quality CPD and teacher education, and a leading-edge curriculum preparing learners for the 21st century. The proposal is based on the setting up of a National Education Board called provisionally, “Education England”, with decisions arrived at through decision making through consensus between the major political parties, educational stakeholders and others. The contributions by Graham Donaldson from Scotland, Tom Crick from Wales and Paul McFlynn from Northern Ireland will draw on their experiences of recent national education policy development prior to opening up a wider discussion amongst the participants.

In particular we are looking to stimulate debate with participants through question-and-answer format with the panel of speakers. Questions can be sent in advance of the event in addition to those asked live on the day.

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Chairs

Marilyn Leask, Prof

De Montfort University

Professor Marilyn Leask is chair of the Education Futures Charity which has developed the MESH initiative – MESH= Mapping Educational Specialist knowhow (www.meshguides.org). The University of Winchester is a founder member of the charity and...

Brian Hudson, Prof

University of Sussex

Brian Hudson is Emeritus Professor of Education and former Head of the School of Education and Social Work (2012-16) at the University of Sussex. He is Guest Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at Karlstad University in Sweden...

Deborah Outhwaite, Dr

Director at Derby Teaching Schools Alliance

I am the Director of the DTSA; an EdD supervisor at the University of Liverpool; and the External Examiner for the MA Ed at the University of East London. I sit on the APPG for the Teaching Profession, and on the Fabian Education Group. I am...

Speakers

Paul McFlynn, Dr

Lecturer at Ulster University

Paul is a lecturer in Education at Ulster University. He is coordinator of the post-primary PGCE course and course director for the PGCE in Physical Education (PE). His research to date has concentrated on the role of critical reflection in...

Graham Donaldson, Prof

University of Glasgow

A former teacher, Graham Donaldson headed Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) from 2002-10. As chief professional advisor to successive Scottish Ministers on education, he took a leading role in Scotland’s major reform of its...

Tom Crick, Professor

Professor of Digital Education & Policy at Swansea University

Tom Crick is Professor of Digital Education & Policy at Swansea University, a joint appointment between the School of Education, the Department of Computer Science, and the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences. While his disciplinary background is...

Sarah Younie, Professor

Professor in Education Innovation at De Montfort University

Sarah Younie is a principal lecturer in Education at De Montfort University and a visiting Senior Research Fellow at University of Bedfordshire. She has been involved in international research on educational technologies and teaching for twenty...