Solihull School holds Question Time style debate over future of British education - The Solihull Observer

Solihull School holds Question Time style debate over future of British education

Solihull Editorial 5th Mar, 2024   0

SOLIHULL School hosted a topical ‘Question Time’ discussion on the future of British education.

Led by British journalist and Silhillian Michael Buerk, the panel of special guests at the education-themed event included Baroness Barran MBE Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, and Omar Deria, Executive Headteacher of The Petchey Academy in Hackney.

The speakers debated education funding, recruitment of teachers and the merits of Ofsted.

Charles Fillingham, Executive Headmaster at Solihull School opened the evening by welcoming an audience of over 350 guests to the school’s Bushell Hall including Deputy Lieutenant Sir Christopher Ham CBE, the Mayor of Solihull Councillor Diana Holl-Allen MBE, Headteachers, teachers, parents, former students and current pupils.

Mr Fillingham said: “Michael Buerk is a consummate professional who makes it look easy. The panel covered a lot of ground and highlighted issues of funding and equity.

“The biggest round of applause of the evening was when Lord Storey emphasised the power of an inspirational teacher. Teachers really are inspirational.

“Our guests were so knowledgeable – the event could have carried on for hours!”

Also at the debate was Dr Nigel Fancourt Associate Professor of Education and Values Department of Education University of Oxford, Baroness Morris of Yardley, Former Secretary of State for Education, Lord Storey CBE Education spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords and Alex Heslop, Director of Digital Product Platform, Jaguar Land Rover.


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