Events & Conferences

IETT –  Working together to change the alchemy of education…

The Next Chapter for Local Libraries: Understanding & Adapting to Changing Times
Thursday, 28th September – 11.00am – 3.30pm
110 Rochester Row London SW1P 1JP

Confirmed to Speak:

Dr Paul Blantern, Chair, Libraries Taskforce
Ian Leete, Senior Adviser – Culture, Tourism and Sport, Local Government Association
Lesley O’Halloran, Assistant Director for Customer Services, Wigan Council
Philip Wilson, Community Resilience Officer, Essex County Council
Janet Holden, Head of Libraries and Information, Norfolk County Council
Jenny Peachey, Senior Policy Officer, Carnegie UK Trust

‘Libraries provide a unique reach into local communities and offer a cost-effective way of ensuring that people are connected to services when they need them.

This is unique opportunity to learn what is next for your service from the LGA and the Government’s Libraries Taskforce, as well as exploring good practice with local authorities like Wigan, Essex and Norfolk’.

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Inequality in Education – Tuesday 20th June 2017

18:30 – 20:30   Location: Room 604, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL

Our next London network meeting will discuss ‘ What does the outcome of the General Election indicate about the prospects for a more equal education system in England?’

Nick Peacey, previous Director of SENJIT (Special Education Needs Joint Initiative for Training) at London University will review the landscape for education in England post-election and lead a discussion on the best next steps for the Network whatever the political context.

Attendees will be provided with some prior documentation to support the discussion.

Inequality in Education – Tuesday 14th March 2017

18:30 – 20:30. The Romney Room, RSA House

Come along to this month’s RSA Inequality in Education Network event to discuss the RSA’s Learning About Culture project.

The key topic for the evening will be the RSA’s Learning About Culture project, which will investigate the benefits that schools derive from arts and cultural activity.

Central to the programme is a joint investigation with the Education Endowment Foundation into the impact cultural learning has on disadvantaged children’s attainment and non-cognitive development. The discussion will be led by Mark Londesborough, who is leading the project for the RSA.

Issues being discussed will include:

  • The programme of scientific enquiry and wider qualitative research that will provide a fuller picture of how and why cultural learning ‘works’ for schools;
  • Opportunities and mechanisms for the Fellowship to engage with the programme, inform the debate, and work with us to help bridge from research into practice.

Rethinking educational assessment – Professor Geoff Masters AO

The RSA, 8, John AdamStreet, WC2N 6EZ        Fri. 24th February 2017 – 09.00 to 12.30

Rethinking educational assessment, a breakfast seminar and discussion, timed to coincide with the visit to the UK of ACER’s CEO and adjunct professor at the Queensland Brain Institute, Professor Geoff Masters.

In his presentation and the following discussion, Geoff will draw on three articles written for the Centre for Educational Reform and Innovation as well as his wide experience in educational policy and practice.

A Sociology of Special and Inclusive Education: Exploring the Manufacture of Inability.

Visiting Speaker: Sally Tomlinson

Join us to hear from our visiting speaker Sally Tomlinson, a distinguished and influential academic and activist. Sally has recently published her new book, A Sociology of Special and Inclusive Education: Exploring the Manufacture of Inability. The book brings sociological perspectives to bear on the social, political, and economic policies and practices that comprise special and inclusive education, and the education of lower attainers. Despite a plethora of literature on special and inclusive education worldwide, governments are still unsure of the reasons for this sector’s expansion in their national education systems.

Sally will be talking to us about her work and her analysis of recent developments in education, following which there will an opportunity for Q&A and general discussion.

Biscuits and Banquets: All Children Can Achieve

Tuesday 8 November, 18:30 – 20:30
The RSA,Romney Room, John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ

Our next London Group meeting.

Professor Sonia Blandford is founder and CEO of Achievement for All, and one of the UK’s leading practitioners of education. Sonia is passionate about raising the aspirations and improving the attainment of all children and young people regardless of their background or need. She was named this year in Debrett’s list of the Top 500 Most Influential People in the UK.

In her talk she will be focusing on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) policy.

Advancing Creativities Research: Making Connections across Diverse Settings

See more here…

‘This one day conference on creativities research seeks to draw together interested colleagues from diverse settings, including homes, communities, schooling and Higher education to explore what making connections between research and practice in such contexts might afford. The day has opportunities for discussion and debate and the exploration of ways forward’.

Event date:     28 October 2016 10:00 am – 4:15 pm

Venue:  University of Cambridge, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ, UK

Invited speakers to this event include Jenny Gibson, Kerry Chappell, Norman Jackson and Ros McLellan. Their new insights are drawn from the primary and secondary sectors, HE and Lifewide and the wellbeing and creativity disciplines.

teachinggroupIcon3-copyYou can see full details and booking arrangements for this one day conference on the web pages here.


Rally to Oppose New Grammars and to Support a Fair Education For All

Thursday 22 September, 7pm-8.30pm

Venue: King Solomon Academy, Penfold St, London NW1 6RX

Join us next Thursday for a gathering to show our collective support for comprehensive education and our opposition to the creation of new grammar schools.

This will be a positive rally that will involve a number of inspirational speakers, a chance to find out what happens next and the opportunity to share any ideas you have to try and win the argument in public and in parliament. It should also be great opportunity to meet others who share your concerns about the Green Paper.

Confirmed speakers include:
Fiona Millar, Writer and Founder of Local Schools Network
Becky Allen, Director of Education Datalab
Joanne Bartley, Kent parent and chair of Kent Education Network
David Weston, Founder and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust
Laura McInerney, Editor of Schools Week
Melissa Benn, Writer and current Chair of Comprehensive Future
Katrina Black, Regional Director – Europe, Teach For All
Louka Travlos, Impact Strategy, National Citizens Service
Ndidi Okezie, Executive Director – Delivery, Teach First

This event is free but you must sign up for a ticket to secure a place. Please sign up here:

“80% of teachers oppose grammar schools. Join them by signing this petition:

teachinggroupIcon3-copyLewis Iwu, Director of the Fair Education Alliance

Organiser of the Rally to Oppose New Grammars and to Support a Fair Education For All

Tuesday, 20th September 2016 – 18.30 to 20.30

Institute of Education, Room 736, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL

Speaker:  Dr. Wanda Wyporska,  Director of the Inequalities Trust

teachinggroupIcon3-copyThis will be an opportunity to hear about her survey, the outlook for equalities in this country with a particular focus on education…’


July 12th, 2016

Gender, Emotion and Equality in the Classroom.

Brian Matthews from Goldsmiths College

Brian will present his research on tackling gender and emotional  issues in the classroom taking an unconventional approach.
This session is one of a series of talks in which we will be reviewing research and current thought in education and equalities. The session will be introduced by Angela Piddock, former head of Wilberforce primary school  in Westminster and a  contributor to the second edition of Gender Watch.
teachinggroupIcon3-copy  6.30 to 8.30pm     Room 780 at 20 Bedford Way Tuesday  12th July 

17th of May, 2016 – between 6:30 and 8:30 pm

Eva Lloyd, Professor of Early Childhood

Cass School of Education and Communities, Director International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare (ICMEC)

Eva’s research focuses on the marketisation and privatisation of childcare and its relation to child poverty and social exclusion.

Eva’s interest in early childhood policy and practice goes back to 1985 when she joined the Thomas Coram Research Unit at the University of London’s Institute of Education, after graduating in Psychology at UEL (then NELP). She spent the next fifteen years with children’s NGOs; working in policy and research for Save the Children and Barnardo’s and as CEO of the National Early Years Network.In 2013 Eva was awarded an Honorary OBE for Services to Education.

Working With Our Hands
Tuesday 15 March, 18:30 – 20:30
Fab Lab London, 1 Frederick’s Place, EC2R 8AE

Join us to explore the synergy between brain, hand and the tools of our trades.

Our speaker for this session will be Professor Trevor Marchand, who will be showing and discussing his video, The Intelligent Hand. The video demonstrates, among other things, the high-order skills and intelligences that are involved in working with our hands. By opening up this area, Professor Marchand throws a sharp new light on the academic-vocational divide and opens up the possibilities of restructuring our thinking about education.

The Intelligent Hand introduces us to a first-year cohort of fine woodwork trainees at the Building Crafts College in Stratford, East London. (See our video page for detail…)
The trainees discuss their motivations for taking up carpentry, the rewards and challenges they discover in working and problem-solving with body and mind in unison, and their hopes and aspirations for future life and work.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Professor Marchand and his students.


January 19th, 2016 – between 6:30 and 8:30 pm

Fab Lab London, 1 Frederick’s Place, EC2R 8AE

Lewis Iwu, The Director of  The Fair Education Alliance.

The Fair Education alliance is a coalition of organisations from across business, education and charities. Together the alliance is working to tackle educational inequality. building a fairer education for all by 2022.

They are one of the main organisations campaigning in this area. The Alliance includes the RSA. Their website is





Our recent IETT London group meeting

The next group meeting for the London Inequality in Education Network will be held at 6.30pm, Tuesday 03rd November at The Institute of Education.

This will focus on early years and special needs; a vital part of the jig-saw.

‘The 2014 English special educational needs and disability reforms are being introduced into an educational environment which is in many cases hostile to inclusion, and can act as a smokescreen for what’s really happening to the most vulnerable. For example, GCSE attainment by students with SEN on free school meals dropped by 30% in 2014; students with SEND are still, overwhelmingly, the group most frequently excluded from school.

International experience and recent research give us all the answers we need to create superb SEND systems’.

Making the argument will be Nick Peacey, Visiting Research Associate, UCL Institute of Education, University of London.

teachinggroupIcon3-copyYou can sign up here.


The Future of Education in England

5 October 2015, 6pm – 9pm   –  The RSA, The Great Room, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ

teachinggroupIcon3-copy  Detail recently published on the pages of conversationsEAST.

“Inequality in Education: The Future of Education in England – Organised by RSA London Inequality in Education Network hosted by Annette Smith, Education Consultant and member of Turning The Tide.

We are delighted to announce two great speakers: Diane Reay, Professor of Education at Cambridge University & Danny Dorling, Professor University of Oxford. Both speakers are passionate and informed critics of the current education system“.

The booking page on Eventbrite offers you full details of this interesting and informative event. On the booking page you can see the key questions that are to be addressed by Diane Reay and Danny Dorling, with an opportunity for you to tender your ideas and comments on the questions ahead of the event.

‘We are doing this because we think it unlikely that any significant changes will be made unless there is a strong social movement supporting progressive reform and we intend the meeting to be a contribution to the building of such a movement’.

Here both Pasi Sahlberg and Peter Mortimer gave relevant and commensurately challenging speeches about our emerging movement and ‘the state of the education nation’ in England.

See you on the evening of the 5th October?

A Cambridge Group for the Inequality in Education movement…

We are delighted that our web sponsor, conversationsEAST, are sponsoring our next seminar event in Cambridge. The consEAST team are keen to take part in our movement and use their skills and contacts to help form local chapters.

teachinggroupIcon3-copy If you are interested in being part of a new Cambridge group, venue and date details are below. Do send us a note from our Contact Us page to let us know you are coming. (If you have any dietary or access requirements, let us know too!).

An informal opening event for a new group, developing your ideas and observations into an action plan.

Date: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 –  10.30am

Venue: conversationsEAST, SmithMartin LLP, Carthouse 3, Copley Hill Business Park, Babraham, Cambridge, CB22 3GN.

Car parking available. Luncheon will be provided. Hi-speed wifi and display equipment available.

See you there?

Turning the tide - making a difference
Turning the tide – making a difference