5 speakers 15 minutes each
Wed 17th Apr 2019
The future of education
Wiltons Music Hall
David Kynaston was born in Aldershot in 1951. He has been a professional historian since 1973 and has written eighteen books. He is the recipient of a Spear's Book Award for his lifetime achievement as a British historian. His books include a three-volume history of postwar Britain; Austerity Britain (longlisted for The Orwell Prize), Family Britain and Modernity Britain (longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize), which has sold 150,000 copies, as well as a four-volume history of the City of London, and the centenary history of the Financial Times.
Ambitious and creative Priya Lakhani grew her fresh Indian food brand from her kitchen table. An impressive entrepreneur Priya has developed her brand to high critical acclaim, enabling it to win multiple awards. Her passion and success keeps growing as she is now CEO and founder of CENTURY Tech. Priya's speaking topics include ambition, creativity, branding and growing your own business.
Alex Beard has worked in education for a decade. After starting out as an English teacher in an inner-city comprehensive, he completed his MA at the Institute of Education before joining Teach For All, a growing network of independent organizations working to ensure that all children fulfil their potential, and working on projects for the European Commission and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Alex is fortunate to spend his time travelling the world in search of the practices that will shape the future of learning and has written about his experiences for the Independent, Financial Times and Wired. His book Natural Born Learners is a user's guide to transforming learning in the twenty-first century, taking readers on a dazzling global tour into the future, from the high-tech halls of Silicon Valley to the exam factories of South Korea, Finland's inclusive classrooms to the French school without teachers. It will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson on 12th April.
Owen Jones was born in Sheffield, grew up in Stockport, and studied history at Oxford. His first book, the international bestseller Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and chosen as one of the New York Times top 10 non-fiction books of 2011. In 2013 he received the Young Writer of the Year prize at the Political Book Award. He is a columnist for the Guardian and a frequent broadcaster. His latest book is The Establishment: And How They Get Away with It, published September 2014.
Melissa Benn is a writer, journalist and campaigner. She was educated at Holland Park comprehensive and the London School of Economics where she graduated with a First in history. Before becoming a full time writer, she worked for the National Council for Civil Liberties, the Open University, Women in Prison and the London magazine City Limits. As a freelance writer, her essays and journalism have appeared in a wide range of publications, including The Independent,The Times, Public Finance, Marxism Today, the London Review of Books, Cosmopolitan and Public Finance. She is a regular contributor to The Guardian and New Statesman. Her non-fiction works include Madonna and Child: Towards a New Politics of Motherhood (1998); Education and Democracy, co-edited with Clyde Chitty (2004) and A Comprehensive Future: Quality and Equality For All Our Children, a specially commissioned pamphlet for the pressure group Compass co-written with Fiona Millar (2006) which provoked widespread discussion. In 2011 she published School Wars: The Battle for Britain’s Education which the Observer called ‘a tremendous book.’ In September 2013 she published What Should We Tell Our Daughters? The Pleasures and Pressures of Growing Up Female, an exploration of young women’s lives from the perspective of a feminist in mid-life and mother of teenagers which was shortlisted for a Politico’s Book of the Year in 2014. Her most recent book, The Truth About Our Schools: Exploding the Myths, Exploring the Evidence, was launched by Routledge in early 2016. Melissa is a regular speaker and broadcaster.
Kate Clanchy is a writer, teacher and journalist. She’s the recipient of several awards for her writing. Clanchy was awarded a Forward Prize for her poetry collection Slattern, her short story ‘The Not-Dead and the Saved’ won both the 2009 BBC National Short Story Award and the VS Pritchett Memorial Prize, and her novel Meeting the English was shortlisted for the Costa Prize. Clanchy’s BBC Radio 3 programme about her work with students (We Are Writing About Home), was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award. In 2018, an anthology of her students’ work, England: Poems from a School, was published to great acclaim and in the same year she was awarded an MBE for services to literature.