While a long way from being the blockbuster education agenda we had at last Spring conference, there are a few education events to note:
Friday 14:25 – Policy Motion, “Expanding the Use of British Sign Language“
This has several important ramifications for education, including reiterating our support for language study – something which is increasingly neglected. We would encourage voters to support this motion.
Saturday 09:30 – Policy Motion, “Catching up on Our Children’s Education”
We would encourage voters to refer back this motion. A voucher scheme is the sole proposed solution in the motion to the very real issues noted. Unfortunately, this scheme does not appear to be fit for purpose and needs more thought.
Saturday 13:00 – NEU Fringe, “How can we equip young people with the skills they need to succeed”
As is usual, NEU is hosting two fringes at Lib Dem Conference, both of which are chaired by members of LDEA. The first of these features LDEA’s Mathew Hulbert alongside Wera Hobhouse, Kevin Courtney, and Louise Hayward.
Sunday 13:00 – NEU Fringe, “Securing a strong recovery for education out of the pandemic”
The second NEU fringe, featuring LDEA’s Rebecca Hanson and Lucy Nethsingha, along with Niamh Sweeny and John Shipley.
Sunday 16:35 – LDEA Fringe, “A vision for the future of our schools”
A fringe building on the ideas of our “Vision for the Future of Education” event last month. Featuring LDEA’s Sal Jarvis, along with Michael Waters, Tim Brighouse, and Tom Richmond.
Sunday 16:35 – Policy Working Group, “Early Years Education and Childcare”
A new working group holds its consultation at conference. Do drop by if you have an interest in early years education!