Improving urban education – some lessons from city-wide interventions

13th October 2010 : 00:00 - 00:00

Research Group: Academic Staff

Location: Seminar Room A

Convener: John Furlong
Speakers: Geoff Whitty Institute of Education, University of London and Tim Brighouse previously Schools Commissioner for London.
This Seminar is the second in the Cities Seminar Series on Educational Improvement and Equity.
The seminar will be preceded by tea at 4.30 and followed by a drinks reception at 6.30.
Further information: Will Baker

Geoff Whitty and Tim Brighouse will draw on evidence from London and other cities including Hull and Bristol to consider if there are any essential ingredients that will ensure that more children enjoy more success in city schooling systems: they will reflect on the impact of various initiatives such as City Challenges in this country and comparable efforts internationally. They will conclude by drawing out some lessons for the future.

Geoff Whitty is Director of the Institute of Education and Professor of Education, University of London. His main areas of research and scholarship are the sociology of the school curriculum, education policy and teacher education. He has directed ESRC-funded research projects on the impact of education policies, such as the assisted places scheme, city technology colleges, Education Action Zones, and changes in initial teacher education. His most recent research includes a study of school councils for the Department for Children, Schools and Families and a series of projects on school-university links for the Sutton Trust.

Professor Sir Tim Brighouse has spent his entire career working in education. Most recently he has served as London Schools Commissioner, working to improve education in the capital. Before that his career started in the classroom and has taken in the role or Professor of Education at Keele University, as well as Chief Education Officer in both Oxfordshire and Birmingham Local Authorities.