Lessons Learned – In conversation with Sir Michael Barber & Laura McInerney

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The Foundation for Education Development (FED) is delighted to present ‘Lessons Learned’.

Carl Ward, Chair of the FED, welcomes Laura McInerney and Sir Michael Barber in conversation about the characters who shaped our education system.

This conversation has come about following the celebration of 150 years of state education. To celebrate this milestone Sir Michael Barber wrote two reports.

‘Ten characters who shaped a school system: 1870 – 2020: 150 Years Of Universal Education In England’ – Sir Michael Barber

‘1988-2021: How Seventeen Secretaries of State for Education, through Thirty Years of Constant Change, Enabled the System to Improve’ – Sir Michael Barber and Patrick Law

Laura McInerney created the card game “The Battle of the Education Secretaries” that have informed this fascinating conversation.

Speaker Biographies:

Sir Michael Barber is the Founder and Chairman of Delivery Associates, an advisory firm that helps government and other organisations to deliver improved outcomes for citizens. He is a leading authority on education systems and education reform. In addition to being Chair of the Office for Students, the proposed new regulator for Higher Education, Michael is also the Chair of the independent Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales. Michael has also recently published ‘Accomplishment – How to achieve ambitious and challenging things’. You can also hear Michael talking with these leaders in the Accomplishment Podcast.

Laura is the co-founder of Teacher Tapp, the daily survey platform for thousands of teachers. During Lockdown Laura created “The Battle of the Education Secretaries”. Over the past 8 years, Laura has been obsessive about learning about the lives of British education secretaries. Not only is she fascinated by the people who have taken these roles, but she also finds that knowing when they were in power and the policies of their time.


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