What should the political parties promise on education in 2015?

07 June 2014 09:00

What should the political parties promise on education in 2015?


As we approach the next General Election, Policy Exchange hosted a high profile one day Education Conference to discuss what the political parties should commit to in their manifestos for 2015. We were delighted to welcome a number of distinguished speakers, including the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, and Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Tristram Hunt, as well as former Obama education adviser and Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston.


Rt Hon Michael Gove MP keynote speech

A transcript of this speech is available here.


Tristram Hunt MP keynote speech


Early Years Panel

Anne Longfield, Chief Executive, 4Children; Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue; Dame Alison Peacock, Headteacher, The Wroxham School; (CHAIR) Ed Dorrell, Deputy Editor, TES.


Higher Education Panel

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; (CHAIR) David Matthews, Times Higher Ed.


State Senator Mike Johnston, Colorado State Senator and former education adviser to Barack Obama

Introduced by Simon Lebus, Chief Executive, Cambridge Assessment.


Schools Panel: Curriculum, Assessment, Workforce

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; (CHAIR) Annaliese Briggs, Education Research Fellow, Policy Exchange.


Youth and Children Services Panel

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; (CHAIR) Maggie Atkinson, Children's Commissioner for England.


Further Education Panel

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; (CHAIR) Nick Linford, Editor, FE Week.


Schools Panel: Structures

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; (CHAIR) Ann Mroz, Editor, TES.

Polling results



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