Free schools under the spotlight in next Oxford Education Debate

Friday, 12 November 2010


Free schools will be under the spotlight in the fourth Oxford Education Debate of the series

Free schools will be under the spotlight in the fourth Oxford Education Debate of the series.

Keynote speaker, the Rt Revd Alan Wilson – Bishop of Buckingham, will be asking ‘what should a truly free school be like?’ The debate is hosted by Oxford Brookes University in partnership with the National Education Trust.

Education has been at the heart of the political agenda following the election, and the event aims to provide an opportunity for everyone to have their say about how schools could be genuinely ‘freed up’ for the benefit of all learners.

Other speakers include Pam Matty (headteacher of Grove Primary School, Handsworth, Birmingham) and Dr Neil Hawkes (International Consultant on Values Education).

Hilary Lowe, Associate Dean for Civic and Community Engagement at Oxford Brookes University said:

“The notion of 'free schools' often incites strong gut reactions for or against, rather than prompting debate about what freedom for schools might mean, what it might look like and how it is achieved. This Oxford Debate will allow for those important questions to be discussed and informed by the expertise of those attending rather than clouded by ideological and polemical mist.”

The audience is expected to include teachers, local authority representatives, Higher Education experts and students. The event takes place at Harcourt Hill Campus on Monday 15 November, 4.00-6.30pm and is open to all - to book a place email oxfordeducationdebates@brookes.ac.uk