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Diary

In this blog we are posting news from around the network, reflections on general news items and other broad-ranging items of interest. Current contributors are Sightlines Initiative directors Robin Duckett, Liz Elders, Debi Keyte Hartland and Chris Merrick.

Re-Imagining Childhood - weekend events in Bath

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​Our colleagues 5x5x5=creativity are hosting this weekend, which promises to be most thoughtful, rich, stimulating, encouraging - and delightful!

Do go if you can.



Our exhibition Floor Four will be on display, and Cambridge Curiosity & Imagination will be hosting four day workshop, amongst many other events for children, families and all adults.



Speakers include Ken Robinson, David Almond ...

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Children and education at the centre, say politicians

c. Daily Mirror

Despite the Education Hustings event being cancelled, we have heard some politicians thoughts and intents on education:

"The Next time we see a Tory education policy based on evidence will be the First time we see a Tory education policy based on evidence.(Ian Mearns, Gateshead MP); 

"Start with children - in preschool - 30 hours a week for all children - in life we need to do things together: let our children enjoy those wonderful creative preschool years together, so that their memories are of learning and doing things together - that's what makes humans strong and support each other." (Jeremy Corbyn, Leader, Labour Party.) 

Both at packed public rally in Gateshead, 5th July. It is so refreshing to hear speeches beginning with the need for education for young children - not just 'childcare for parents' or 'training for global competition' - but on championing sociable learning, and on values for life. 

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UK Election - Quiz the Main Parties on their intents for education: Wed 24 May

 TES General Election 2017 Education Hustings

"TES is delighted to announce it will be hosting a General Election education hustings with education secretary Justine Greening, her Labour shadow, Angela Rayner, and their Lib Dem counterpart, John Pugh.

Taking place at the Emmanuel Centre in the heart of Westminster on Wednesday the 24th May at 6:30pm, the event is sure to frame the education conversation for the last frantic days of the campaigning.

The debate will be hosted by Tes editor Ann Mroz, and you can be part of the 1,000-strong audience that questions the politicians on all aspects of education policy – including grammar schools, funding, assessment and pedagogy.

Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. You must arrive with your ticket to gain entry to the hustings."

This will be an excellent opportunity to question the three main parties in England on their policies for education,on funding and assessment - and their basic principles on what education should be.

Tickets are free but space is limited- register now.

If you email us  that you are registered, we may be able to link people  up for the day; this may strengthen the effectiveness of contributions and questions.

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