Posts Tagged ‘ Education ’

Jack Lawson: A Man’s Life

Oct 31st, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Harry Barnes’s review of Jack Lawson’s autobiography, A Man’s Life, has been re-published on the North East Labour History website. Like many of his era, Lawson first became politically active through the ILP which he joined in 1904.



Re-balancing Education: Dear Labour Councillor…

Apr 25th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

BEN SELLERS wrote an angry and articulate open letter to Durham County councillors on his blog last month, following their decision to suspend plans to cut the pay of local teaching assistants. As part of our series on education, we are re-publishing his letter below, prefaced with an explanatory note from ILP chair DAVID CONNOLLY.

Plans by the Labour controlled Durham County Council to sack 2,700 teaching assistants and then ‘re-engage’ them with term-time only contracts, involving a 23 per cent wage cut, has led to a long-running and bitter dispute…



Unbalanced Britain: Education and Inequality

Apr 12th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

MELISSA BENN examines the continuing inequalities in our education system, and the failures of recent governments to close the gaps. What could Labour do to promote an alternative vision?

Despite endless policy initiatives, exhaustive reforms and official obeisance to the questionable aim of ‘social mobility’, our education system still has yawning gaps in outcomes between children from poorer and more affluent families. Despite the permanent revolution, surprisingly little has shifted.



Re-balancing Education: The Democratic Deficit

Apr 5th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

VICKY SEDDON attended the ILP’s Unbalanced Britain conference on education last month. Here, she argues that any future progressive reforms must include changes to our structures of democracy and control.

The ILP hosted a very interesting discussion on 4 March in Sheffield. Melissa Benn was informative, strategic and focussed; Julie Thorpe was interesting and thought-provoking on the Co-operative College model. Both provided very good introductions to the conversation.



Manchester to Host Co-op Education Conference

Mar 14th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

A conference on co-operative education in the current period of rapid social change will take place at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Geoffrey Manton Building on 5 and 6 April.



Back to the Future: Re-balancing Education

Mar 13th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Every government since New Labour has made education its top priority yet inequality still runs through the system from top to bottom. So why have they failed and how can Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party win support for a return to the principles and values of the comprehensive system?

That was the question raised by writer and campaigner Melissa Benn at the ILP’s fourth Unbalanced Britain seminar in Sheffield on 5 March.



Unbalanced Britain: Education, Inequality & Labour’s Response

Jan 15th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage, Lead

Labour and co-operative responses to the crisis in the education system is the subject of the ILP’s next Unbalanced Britain meeting in Sheffield on Saturday 4 March.

With speakers Melissa Benn and Julie Thorpe, the seminar will examine how changes to the education system have increased inequality and widened the gap between the privileged few and the majority. It will discuss the Labour Party’s response and look at co-operative schools.



Unbalanced Britain: Benn to put Education in the Spotlight

Jan 4th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage, Lead, News

Education will come under the spotlight at the ILP’s next Unbalanced Britain seminar on 4 March when writer and campaigner Melissa Benn will speak about the Labour Party’s response to the last decade of education reforms.



Celebrating Radical Women

Aug 3rd, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

The battles and achievements of working-class women in the drive to achieve a fairer and more balanced society will be celebrated in a one-day conference at the Working Class Movement Library on Saturday 17 September.



Talking Labour History

Apr 8th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Paul Preston and Jane Martin will be the key speakers at the Labour Heritage annual general meeting on 21 May when discussions will focus on the Spanish Civil War and the education reformist and socialist, Caroline Benn.