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Caroline Benn Memorial Lecture 2014

Selina Todd will be delivering this year’s Caroline Benn Memorial Lecture to be held on November 11th in London. The lecture which begins at 6.00pm in the House of Commons is entitled ‘The golden age of the grammar school: exploding the myth!’. Admission is open to all but please email the SEA at: to confirm your attendance.

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 13:45

Nicholas Russell

The SEA is extremely sad to report that one of its longstanding National Executive members, Nicholas Russell, died suddenly on 17th August 2014.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 10:37

SEA Conference a Great Success

THE SEA held its annual conference in London on Saturday 21st June 2014. It was very well attended by members from across the country who debated motions, engaged in a round table debate on new models of education and enjoyed a brilliant talk by Peter Wilby, the Guardian columnist. The composition of the SEA National Executive has now changed, with General Secretary, Martin Dore, stepping down after six years and with John Bolt taking up the reins.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:42

Have Your Say on Labour's Education Policy!

The Labour Party is currently consulting on what policies should go into the general election manifesto next year. As far as education concerned they have published a draft 'Education and Children' consultation document.

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 11:13

Exam Reform in the Spotlight

At the start of the next school year, new specifications will be unveiled for reformed GCSE and A Level exams. These will bring with them high level risks for the exam system in England driven by seriously questionable assumptions by Michael Gove and his allies. As the Education Select Committee is to hold an investigation into 15-19 exam reform, it is time to scrutinize the reforms.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 11:36

Peter Wilby to Speak at SEA Annual Conference 2014

We are delighted to announce that the distinguished journalist, Peter Wilby, will be addressing the SEA Annual Conference which takes place in London on Saturday June 21st 2014.The future of state education is at stake. We invite all SEA members to attend the conference, join in the debate and help formulate policies to meet the challenges posed by Gove in his mission to destroy the fabric of community based education.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 12:26

David Blunkett's report is published

The Guardian has described David Blunkett's report as the most important Labour educational policy document for ten years. Labour is calling for a more 'coherent' way of running the different types of state-funded schools in England, including academies and free schools.Former education secretary David Blunkett's report is calling for all state schools to be co-ordinated under 'local control'.

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 12:14

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:

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

Kenny Frederick joins Peter Mortimore to discuss 'Priorities for Education' 2015

You are invited to join the SEA, CASE, Comprehensive Future and others at a meeting on Tuesday 8th April 2014 to discuss 'Priorities for Education 2015'. Joining us at 6.15pm in Committee Room 14, House of Commons will be speakers Peter Mortimore, whose latest book analyses 'Education under Siege' and distinguished former Principal of George Green's School, East London, Kenney Frederick. Help us determine what you think should be the priorities for education in the 2015 election. Full details of how to reserve your place can be found in the flyer attached below.

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 18:07