Brookes Senior Lecturer speaks at All Party Parliamentary Group meeting Thursday, 17 October 2013 Rachel Payne, Senior Lecturer in Education at Oxford Brookes, was invited to speak at the June All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) meeting, which focussed on the demise of opportunities for teacher education in art, craft and design and conflicting pressures of School Direct (SD) as an alternative route into teaching. The APPG for art, craft and design education is a cross party group which aims to promote shared interests within political debate, meeting three times a year in the House of Commons. It was established by Susan Coles, President of National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD), Lesley Butterworth, General Secretary for the NSEAD and Sharon Hodgson, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities and includes twenty MPs and Lords from the three major political parties, as well as representatives from across all educational sectors and the creative industries. A core aim of the group is to influence and inform policy. Rachel writes: “Having managed the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Oxford Brookes University (OBU) from 2004-2012 which had recently closed owing to government reduction in training allocations, I conducted small-scale research across the partnership with former PGCE students, mentors and external partners. The research findings were presented to the APPG and as a result, Susan asked me to become a permanent member of the group. A short paper examining the research findings will be published by an NSEAD publication in January 2014 and in September I was approached to expand the PGCE research nationally, a proposal for which has been circulated at the last APPG meeting (15th October 2013).” You can read more about the APPG here.