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What should the political parties promise on education in 2015? #PXed2015
07 Jun 2014

All political parties are passionate about education as a vehicle to spreading opportunity and enabling young people to fulfil their potential. The running, funding, structure and content of the state education system is also of huge importance to millions of families on a daily basis. What political parties propose to do in education is therefore always near the top of the agenda during any General Election campaign.

As we approach the next General Election, Policy Exchange is delighted to host a high profile one day conference to discuss what the political parties should commit to in their manifestos for 2015. We are delighted that both the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, and the Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Tristram Hunt, have agreed to give keynote addresses.

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Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education
Keynote speech

Tristram Hunt MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education
Keynote speech

Early Years Panel
Chaired by: Ed Dorrell, Deputy Editor, TES;
Anne Longfield, Chief Executive, 4Children;
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue;
Dame Alison Peacock, Headteacher, Wroxham School.

Higher Education Panel
Chaired by:David Matthews, Times Higher Ed;
Nick Hillman, Director, HEPI;
Mark Leach, Editor in Chief, WonkHE;
Rachel Wenstone, VP Higher Education, NUS;
Professor Thomas Docherty, University of Warwick;
Professor Alan Smithers, University of Buckingham.

State Senator Mike Johnston, former education adviser to Barack Obama
Keynote speech:
Introduced by: Simon Lebus, Chief Executive, Cambridge Assessment

Schools Panel: curriculum, assessment and workforce
Chaired by: Annaliese Briggs, Education Research Fellow, Policy Exchange;
Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment;
Daisy Christodoulou, Research and Development Manager, ARK;
Andrew Hall, Chief Executive, AQA;
John Blake, Editor, Labour Teachers;
Katharine Birbalsingh, Headteacher and Founder, Michaela Community School.

Youth and Children’s Services Panel
Chaired by: Dr Maggie Atkinson, Children's Commissioner for England;
Steve McCabe MP, Shadow Minister for Children and Families;
Carol Homden, Chief Executive, Thomas Coram Foundation for Children;
Chloe Combi, founder of Write Club, author and journalist;
Natalie-Jane MacDonald, Chief Executive, Acorn Care and Education.

Further Education Panel
Chaired by: Nick Linford, Editor, FE Week;
Rt Hon Lord Jim Knight, Former Schools Minister and Managing Director of Online Learning, TSL;
David Wheeldon, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, BSkyB;
Andy Westwood, Chief Executive, Guild HE;
Julian Gravatt, Assistant Chief Executive, Association of Colleges.

Schools Panel: structures
Chaired by: Ann Mroz, Editor, TES;
Stephen Tall, Editor, Lib Dem Voice;
Mary Bousted, General Secretary, Association of Teachers and Lecturers;
James O’Shaughnessy, Managing Director, Floreat Education;
Alasdair Smith, National Secretary, Anti Academies Alliance.

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