The Debate – filmed

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Filming the debate…

Here we offer our visitors an ever growing resource of filmed debates and conversations around our key theme of inequality in education.

Aggregated from a variety of sources, featuring a range of personalities, they all offer insights into the heart of our movement. Insights into our energetic landscape of research, reform, campaigning and civic dialogue.

(The opinions and research tendered in the films belongs to the participants and does not neccessarily reflect any policy position or endorsement of our movement).

We came across an old TED Talks link recently. Sir Ken Robinson speaking on education and creativity. Not only a superb piece of public speaking, but the message he gave, with wit and certitude, remains as relevant today as it did in 2006, when first delivered.

It is the most widely viewed of all the filmed TED Talks to date.

In these straightened times, with rigid thinking, ideological stance taking and focus on data – Ken Robinson reminds us from across the decades on the power and resilience of young minds when unfettered from their seeming  pre-destination, the young learner can astonish us and remind us of why education and creativity are important.

Sir Ken Robinson (4 March 1950 – 21 August 2020) was a British author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies. He was director of the Arts in Schools Project (1985–1989) and Professor of Arts Education at the University of Warwick (1989–2001), and Professor Emeritus after leaving the university. In 2003, he was knighted for services to the arts.

Source and see more –

See more on TED TALKS here:

How economic inequality might affect a society’s well-being

‘Economic inequality is a major theme in the American political dialogue. As the country’s wealthiest people continually become richer at the expense of the poor, some research suggests they may actually become less happy and healthy. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on the nuanced data and the challenges of evaluating a society’s well-being’.

Narrative source: PBS NewsHour

Author’s Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, along with others,  illustrate their argument from their new book – Inner Level.




Intelligent Hand

A new film about making and craft from Prof. Trevor Marchand.

We are delighted that Trevor Marchand has granted us permission to feature his new film about the journey of a group of trainees into craft.

The film beautifully encapsulates the developing use of tools, a deeper understanding of materials and process, as well as speaking to the current adult education/apprenticeship curriculum agenda.

Intelligent Hand – a film by Prof. Trevor Marchand
Camera: Michel Bewley, Peter Durgerian and Trevor Marchand
Edited: Headfirst Productions, Brighton, UK
Narration: Trevor Marchand
Music by Peter Durgerian





Inequality in Education – short conference event/ October 5th, 2015

The short films below give you a flavour of our event and the messages delivered by our speakers…

youtubeButton Professor Danny Dorling, Oct. 5th 2015

youtubeButton Professor Diane Reay, Oct. 5th 2015

You can read a longer review of our event on the pages of The Tide, our on-line journal…see more here.

interneticon2 (copy)Event films by Dan Keeble – Video Editor / Producer / DP


pasisahlbergImage23-202x300 (copy)Finnish Educationalist Pasi Sahlberg explains why we should ignore the reform strategies put forward by successive British politicians who dismiss the potential lessons of Finnish educational reform because of their ideological inconvenience. Sahlberg explains how equity results in higher educational outcomes and more equal educational opportunities for all children’. (Source: The RSA, a freely available film of this event on YouTube)

youtubeButtonSee this lecture on YouTube here

peterMortimerImage‘Former head of the Institute of Education, Peter Mortimore, speaks about the strengths and weaknesses of English education and what we need to do to tackle the perennial problem of educational inequality’.

(Another short lecture from The RSA – the film freely available to all on YouTube, published after an event in 2014).

youtubeButton   See this telling and challenging presentation here on YouTube.


teachinggroupIcon3-copy  A short film that illustrates the wealth inequality divides in the UK. A subject that is pertinent to educational achievement for many of our speakers…


teachinggroupIcon3-copy  Professor Danny Dorling, speaking at a  BERA conference last year (2014) explores the issues of Education, Inequality and the One Percent.


teachinggroupIcon3-copy  Joyce Ohajah looks at another aspect of inequality in education in the UK, specifically in the HE sector….


teachinggroupIcon3-copy  A TED talk, by Richard Wilkinson, co-author of The Spirit Level, that brings together the terrible burden of social and economic inequality on humanity across the globe.

‘We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust’.

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