CASE's “virtual” AGM, the first in our history, was held on Saturday, November 14th. Inevitably, there were some technical issues which implies that some members were unable to join the meeting.
Our guest speakers were Kevin Courtney, joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, and the well-
This was particularly clear in the case of examinations, about which both spoke. There is growing awareness that GCSE was developed at a time when most children left school at 16 and that this examination is now superfluous, a view shared even by Kenneth Baker, one of the architects of GCSE.
As for A-
Both speakers were at pains to emphasise that agreement about the need for reform is now “mainstream”, rather than “left wing” and that progress needs to be made by developing what is now a growing consensus across the political spectrum, government intransigence notwithstanding.
Kevin also spoke of the contrast between the government's determination to re-
Particularly striking was the extent to which COVID had exposed the deep-
Melissa also expressed misgivings that Labour's current strategy of reassuring voters by distancing itself from “Corbynism” could lead to a loss of vision and an unwillingness to tackle difficult issues, such as 11+ selection and the powerful influence of the UK's private schools, as had happened under Tony Blair.
Melissa also stressed the importance for Labour of a wholehearted commitment to adult education.
There followed a stimulating discussion of many of the issues raised by Kevin and Melissa, including the need for campaigning organisations to work together in alliances such as “Reclaiming Education”.
In the ensuing business meeting, the officers and members of the NEC were re-
Roy Hiscock kindly agreed to continue to audit our accounts and Kathleen Hall has been welcomed to the NEC as an observer.