Bristol Conversations in Education - Abolishing Public Schools: Lessons From Research and History
Professor Roger Bullock, Emeritus Professor of Child Welfare Research at the University of Bristol
Helen Wodehouse Lecture Theatre, School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA
This event is part of the School of Education's 'Bristol Conversations in Education' seminar series. These seminars are free and open to the public. This seminar is co-hosted with Bristol Poverty Institute.
Speaker: Professor Roger Bullock
The 2019 Labour Party Conference passed a resolution to 'abolish private schools', resurrecting a concern about the UK education system that has bubbled away for decades. The very title of the resolution indicates the ambiguities in implementing such a policy as politicians probably have in mind the top public schools, such as Eton and Winchester, whereas the term private education includes all kinds of independent establishments and possibly private tuition. The lecture will seek to unravel these complications, initially by exploring the aims of the intended changes and then by discussing the economic, social, political and moral factors involved and the ways that concepts like social justice, fairness, opportunity and freedom of choice impinge on them. An attempt will be made to see what policies might be realistic given all these complications.