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Speakers' Series: Edward Lucas

  • 10 May 2004
  • 6:30 PM
  • Goodenough College, Churchill Room, Mecklenburgh Square, WC1N 2AB. Nearest tubes: Russell Square, Kings Cross

English Education in Transition

A discussion of the issues surrounding the myriad changes in English education over the next decade

Edward Lucas, The Economist

The face of education in England is changing dramatically in terms of content, access, cost and value.  The changes that will be made over the next decade will make an impact on our lives, the lives of our children and society as a whole.  Such issues as A-level grade inflation, Firsts grade inflation, GSCE relevance for private schools, Fee-paying at university and the general issue of how much of the population should go to university have been widely discussed in the media over the last year and will continue to be in the headlines for some time to come.


Edward Lucas, journalist at The Economist responsible for Education and Transport has been asked to discuss these issues for the HYP Speaker Series in May.  Formerly Economist bureau chief in Moscow, Mr. Lucas approaches these issues with an international viewpoint and a personal interest (two young boys approaching adolescence).   Mr. Lucas’ opinions and recommendations are always vibrant and incisive and sometimes quite divisive (eg, university and secondary schools should be much more expensive, but with an extremely wide variety of scholarships available so that every student ends up paying according to their true ability to pay).


This is a MUST DO for any parent of school-age children and anyone concerned with the direction and content of education today (and tomorrow).  Trying to sort out the substance and the politics in many of these issues is difficult.   Mr. Lucas gives a brilliant, well-grounded insight into the background for the changes, the various changes being considered, the possible outcomes and alternatives that are not widely discussed.

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