I’m Attending BBC’s Education Question Time

I’m looking forward to attending ‘Education Question Time’ tomorrow evening at Brunel University, London. The debate is to be chaired by journalist and broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire and the panel of experts include:

  • Dame Kate Dethridge – Deputy Director for NW London & the South Central Region, Department for Education
  • Dr Bethan Marshall – Assessment and English Education Expert, Kings College London
  • Laura McInerney – Editor of Schools Week magazine
  • Harinder Pattar – Headteacher, The Heathland School, Hounslow
  • Amanda Spielman – Ofsted Chief Inspector
  • Professor Mike Watts – Professor of Education, Brunel University London

As in the time honoured BBC ‘Question Time’ format, the audience members have been invited to submit their questions beforehand. Questions relating to the very many current challenges facing education and curriculum today – and in the future. The questions will be addressed by this specialist panel of education experts. I’m hopeful my question about the 30 hour ‘free’ funding comes up!

Topics may include:

  • the 30 hour ‘free’ funding scheme for early years settings (and the consequent closure of nurseries, lack of places available for parents, extra costs passed on to parents, difficulties in staffing, larger class sizes, etc.)
  • the current, and imminent, funding shortfalls facing the education sector
  • the funding formula for schools
  • the confusion over the new GCSE grading system

Well – it promises to be a very lively debate! I will be writing a follow-up report on events and the general feeling from being part of this.

Keep watching my blogs…

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