Creating a 'powerful knowledge' curriculum in schools

Speakers: Professor Michael Young, Institute of Education
Date: 10 May 2016 Venue: Central London - address to be confirmed
Time: 16:30 - 19:30
Type: Seminar Fee: Free

“Education itself will oil the wheels of industry and will bring a new efficiency, the fruit of modern knowledge, to aid the ancient skill of farm and field" So spoke Rab Butler, former Conservative Education Minister, when introducing his Education Act in 1944. His argument was that education for all, regardless of background, is necessary for advancement. Although no one today argues against the principle of universal state education, the way in which it is delivered (the pedagogy) and the content of such education (the curriculum) are still hotly contested. 

In an evening seminar hosted by Policy Exchange Professor Michael Young, one of the UK’s most prominent education theorists and academics, set out the back ground to the role of ‘powerful knowledge’ in schools today, ahead of a panel discussion with questions from the audience. Professor Young is Emeritus Professor of Education with the School of Lifelong Education and International Development at the Institute of Education and he was joined on the panel, chaired by Former Times Educational Supplement Editor, Gerard Kelly. Also on the panel were Tim Oates CBE, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment, Carolyn Roberts, Head, Thomas Tallis School and Association for School and College Leaders (ASCL) Honorary Secretary.

Policy Exchange host a series of such education focused panel discussions with an aim to help shape the education policy agenda. This event was held in partnership with the ASCL.

The seminar proceedings were streamed live by Cambridge Assessment via Periscope and the full footage can now be watched via the link below or the audio only can be downloaded as a podcast.

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