Live debate – ‘What should the political parties promise on education in 2015?’

05 June 2014

On Saturday 7 June 2014, the Policy Exchange education conference ‘What should the political parties promise on education in 2015?’ will be streamed live on the Cambridge Assessment website from 09:30 - 17:15. 

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The conference is being held in the build-up to the May 2015 General Election, and will bring together senior politicians and leading education experts to debate what the political manifesto promises should be.

The one-day conference will hear keynotes from Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education and Tristram Hunt MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education. There will also be panel sessions with leading education and assessment experts.  Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment, will be speaking on the schools panel session and Simon Lebus, Chief Executive, Cambridge Assessment, will introduce State Senator Mike Johnston, former education adviser to Barack Obama.

Bene't Steinberg, Group Director of Public Affairs, Cambridge Assessment, said: “With less than a year to go to the General Election the political parties are already starting to finalise their thinking on education policy for their manifestos and as thought leaders in education policy, as well as being experts in assessment, naturally we are playing our part in helping inform the policy debate and the formulation of ideas. This event is the culmination of a long engagement process with all three parties." 

Conference agenda

09:30   Keynote speech: Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, 

           Secretary of State for Education

10:15   Keynote speech: Tristram Hunt MP, 

           Shadow Secretary of State for Education 

11:15   Two parallel panel sessions:

           1) Early Years panel session

           2) Higher Education panel session

13:15   Keynote speech: State Senator Mike Johnston, 

          former education adviser to Barack Obama

14:00   Schools panel session: curriculum, assessment and workforce

15:15   Two parallel panel sessions:

           1) Youth and Children’s Services panel session

           2) Further Education panel session

16:30   Schools panel session: structures

17:15   Close

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