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SEA is the only educational organisation affiliated to the Labour Party. Anyone who does not belong to another political party may join as an individual member. Affiliation to the SEA is open to national organisations, Labour Party CLPs and trade unions. SEA members include MPs, school governors, local Councillors, teachers, students, parents - in fact anyone with an interest in education. Our President is the eminent educationalist Professor Richard Pring.

Change of direction needed on schools

The SEA has joined Comprehensive Future, CASE and ISCG in writing to the Guardian and calling for a change of direction in schools policy. We reject the unconvincing posturing by David Laws and call for a completely new settlement in the provision of state education in England. You can link to the full text of the letter to the Guardian here: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/apr/15/change-of-direction-sch...

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:32

England's schools succeed in problem-solving test

The BBC has reported that 'England's teenagers are "significantly above average" in problem-solving skills, according to the results of international tests.' The OECD puts England as second highest in Europe, behind Finland, in tests of how pupils can apply their knowledge.These problem-solving tests were taken at the same time as the Pisa tests, which compare how well pupils perform in maths, reading and science. Rather than testing theoretical knowledge, the problem-solving tests examined how well teenagers could use their knowledge in practical questions.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 08:47

Tell Labour What we Need to Do for Education

The Labour Party has recently published a consultation document on education, (and several other subjects), and would like to know what members and supporters of the Party would like to see in the manifesto for education at the election in 2015. The SEA National Executive will be finalising its own amendments at its next meeting on May 3rd 2014. We would like to know what you think, so please email us at: socialisteducation@virginmedia.com with your comments and/or proposed amendments. The document is available below.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:10

Is it possible to 'teach' character, creativity and resilience?

Tristram Hunt, shadow Education Secretary, believes that we shouldn't just be teaching subjects in our schools but we should also accept 'growing evidence that character can be taught'. In a recent speech in London at the AQA Creative Education conference, Tristram Hunt argued that character and resilience are vital components of a rounded education and good preparation for a career, and that instilling them in young people 'should not be left to chance'.

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 11:21
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