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Policy event: What counts in education?
Wed 26 April 2017, 16:00 – 17:30 BST
What counts in education?
Performance-measurement is relevant in all education settings, including higher education, and also has resonances for other public services at a time when high-stakes metrics-based accountability measures are increasingly becoming a taken-for-granted feature of public service governance.
Using the findings from a National Union of Teachers funded study of the impact of recent accountability reforms in secondary education as a springboard for discussion, alongside input from panellists representing a range of practitioner perspectives (teachers, teacher unions, creative industry associations, and higher education), the session will critically explore the consequences of recent reforms for what is - and is not - valued in schools and the lessons for higher education.
Open to anyone with an interest in education.
Chair: Meg Maguire (Professor of Sociology of Education, King’s College London)
Speaker: Sharon Gewirtz (Professor of Education, King’s College London)
Deborah Annetts (Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and founder of the Bacc for the Future campaign)
Louise Ceska (Headteacher, Newlands Girls’ School, Maidenhead)
Kelly Coate (Director, King’s Learning Institute, King’s College London)
Ken Jones (Senior Policy Officer, National Union of Teachers)
Followed by a welcome reception with refreshments in the River Room 5.30pm-7pm, opening the King's College London Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy's research showcase with a talk from the Dean.
Deborah Annetts has been Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) since 2008 and is founder of the Bacc for the Future campaign. The campaign is calling for the inclusion of creative and cultural subjects in the English Baccalaureate to keep opportunities to study music open to all.
Louise Ceska is Headteacher of Newlands Girls’ School in Maidenhead. She has previously been headteacher of a boys’ school and a mixed school and has taught in seven schools over the course of her career, the majority of which have been in challenging circumstances. Like many headteachers in the UK, Louise would welcome more investment in schools and a reduced focus on measurable outcomes.
Kelly Coate joined the King’s Learning Institute (KLI) in April 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education and was appointed Director of KLI in 2014. She founded with Dr Lesley Gourlay, the Digital University Network of the SRHE and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Education Policy, Teaching in Higher Education, and Higher Education Research and Development.
Sharon Gewirtz is Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education, Communication and Society at King’s where she also co-directs the Centre for Public Policy Research. Her research has a particular focus on issues of equality and social justice, teachers’ work and public service restructuring.
Ken Jones is a Senior Policy Officer at the National Union of Teachers, where he works on issues of curriculum and assessment. He is Emeritus Professor of Education at Goldsmiths, and Visiting Professor at King’s College London. The second edition of his book, Education in Britain, was published by Polity last year.