Nottingham-Shire: A voice for education

September 28, 2015 — Leave a comment

Provisional details of this event have already been blogged about.  The workshop is a chance to meet with others, discuss what type of education we want (in schools, colleges, universities, adult) and think about how we bring about the change we want to see. Please see the earlier blog item to find out more about this event and it aims.

The event is on Saturday 14th November, 10am-4pm at Highfield House, University of Nottingham.

Plans are now well underway and the programme is currently being developed, Final plans will not be confirmed until we know the the details of those attending as we will endeavour to construct the day according to the interests and experiences of those attending.

Please find here details preliminary details of keynotes and workshops:


Hilary Wainwright

Keynote: Hilary Wainwright – Hilary is the author of ‘Reclaim the State: Experiments in Popular Democracy‘ and ‘Public Service Reform: But Not As We Know it‘. She has extensive experience of working with workers and service users to create democratic public services.


Peter Flack (assistant secretary City of Leicester NUT) and colleagues from City of Leicester schools will discuss how they have forged strong school, parent and local authority partnerships as a means of resisting the drive to fragmentation and privatisation.

Nadia Whittome (student campaigner) and student activists will discuss what a real student voice in education can and should look like.

Parent campaigners from Hands Off Hove Park in Brighton will discuss how they developed a parent-led campaign to keep Hove Park as a community school.  In particular they will focus on how community campaigns can utilise the media to promote their objectives.

Mel Cooke and Rob Peutrell (Nottingham UCU) will share their experiences of the Action for ESOL campaign, and in particular the way in which coalitions have been developed to defend this vital aspect of adult and community education.

[Can’t see what you want? If you’d like to organise a workshop please email Howard Stevenson to discuss your ideas].

As well as keynotes and workshops there will be plenty of opportunity for participants to discuss issues and set the agenda. Talking and doing will be as important as listening and thinking.  We will bring about the change we want by connecting ideas and activism.

This event is FREE – but pre-registration is important. Please register online here.

This is a unique opportunity to connect with others and be part of a movement to rediscover, reclaim and reinvent education as a democratic public good In Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Change is in the air – be part of it.

Please note – Five Leaves Bookshop will be represented at the event with a selection of education titles and books by Hilary Wainwright.

logoThis event is part of the ESRC’s ‘Festival of Social Science‘. Thanks are due to ESRC for financial support.


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