This week we were pleased to welcome Mike Kane MP, Shadow Minister for Schools, for the latest in our series of #LutherNetwork events.

Mike kindly joined us to lead a discussion on some of the key aspects of Labour’s education policy.  At the heart of this, Mike explained, was a National Education Service, which all schools funded by the public purse would be a part of.

Mike led a detailed and informative discussion, describing how his background and own experiences, including ten years as an outstanding-rated primary school teacher, have informed his views on education policy today.

Mike criticised the 2010 education reforms, which he argued had led to decision-making in Whitehall, questioning whether this best serves communities across the UK.

A lively discussion followed, with topics including Labour’s plan to imposie VAT on independent school fees, the current teacher qualification system and Ofsted’s school assessment criteria discussed.

The roundtable consisted of attendees representing a variety of education-related organisations, including multi-academy trusts, educational charities and independent schools.

Our thanks go to Mike and our guests for joining us.

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