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150th Anniversary of state education

The Foundation for Education Development is promoting celebrations to mark the 150th Anniversary of state education.

2020 marks 150 years since the 1870 Education Act. This Act may reasonably be seen as the first major step in introducing free state education. While the 1870 Act focused on primary education, it raised questions that remain to this day about the purposes of education and the role of the state.

The Foundation for Education Development (FED) was established in 2019 to provide a neutral space to discuss the benefits of a long-term vision and plan for our education system.

At the FED we value the contribution of all those working in education, and their role in building a world class education system across the country.

We welcome the opportunity of the 150th anniversary of state education to:

  • Celebrate the achievements of schools today
  • Reflect on the history of state education
  • Envision a long-term vision and plan for our education system

 

The FED will be supporting activities across the country in the academic year 2020-2021 to mark this anniversary as well as engaging our communities in creating the vision and plan for education in the future – ‘Looking Back – Moving Forward’

Past and upcoming key dates
for Sept 2020 to Sept 2021

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The Launch of FED150 – ‘Looking Back, Moving Forward’

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In September 2020, the FED launched the year of celebration with an online broadcast in collaboration with Browne Jacobson and NCFE. The Secretary of State for Education Rt Hon Gavin Williamson opened the launch and was joined by Baroness Nicky Morgan, Dame Julia Cleverdon, the chief executive of the Chartered College of Teaching Dame Alison Peacock the President of the CBI Lord Karan Bilimoria and Sir Michael Barber as well as voices from education and the community.

Each speaker provided an insight into why they feel Education is so important to them, why they are celebrating this momentous occasion, the things they feel we have achieved and the changes that they think need to be made as we work together to build a long-term plan for Education.

Look back at the event September 2020
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Lessons Learned’ – The reflection of 12 former Secretaries of State

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FED hosted a unique gathering of former 12 Secretaries of State for Education to mark the 150th Anniversary of state education. The conversations with small groups of former secretaries of state focused on:

  • ‘Can education policy impact on developing character, values and wellbeing?’
  • ‘Why is it so difficult for education policy to achieve social mobility and levelling up?’
  • ‘What do you think have been the unintended consequences since the Education Reform Act?’

The event provided the opportunity for reflection and for the celebration of a significant anniversary.

Look back at the event September 2020
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Looking Back, Moving Forward – 10 Characters Who Shaped the Education System

In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of State Education in England, FED hosted a virtual event in which numerous key figures across the Education, Political, Business and Third Sector came together.

We are grateful to Sir Michael Barber who has researched the history of state education and delivered a presentation on ‘Ten characters who have created an education system’. He reflected on the missed moments, the key moments, the best moments and how we can use these to build an education system for the future. A written version of the ’10 Characters’ research is available.

Hear Sir Michael Barber in discussion with Carl Ward CEO of the FED.

Download the accompanying pamphlet.

Look back at the event Nov 09, 2020
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Throughout the coming months the FED will be convening activities to mark the 150th Anniversary Celebration of State Education.

In doing this we will be coordinating and planning a number of activities and opportunities to participate and engage with a wide range of voices, reflecting the diversity of state education in the 2020’s in ‘looking back – moving forward’.

During the coming year, our team at the FED will invite and encourage partner organisations, schools, and local communities to participate in ‘celebrating’ this anniversary.

We are pleased to launch our anniversary celebration logo which will be shared with partner organisations and participant to create a ‘national celebration’. Many organisations and individuals are already committed to joining the celebrations in the months to come and if you or your organisation would like to be involved please get in touch.

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FED will be hosting a unique gathering of former Secretaries of State for Education. To mark the 150th Anniversary of state education. This event will provide the opportunity for reflection and celebration of a significant anniversary.

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FED will be hosting a unique gathering of former Secretaries of State for Education. To mark the 150th Anniversary of state education. This event will provide the opportunity for reflection and celebration of a significant anniversary.

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