Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID)

Conference: What have we learned from fifty years of Scottish comprehensive schooling? (27.10.2015)

The 27th October 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the introduction of comprehensive education in Britain. While the ideal of comprehensive education has been largely abandoned in England, comprehensive schools are alive and well in Scotland and command public support. But the Scottish system’s success is still only partial.

This conference will provide a reflective long-term overview of the experience of comprehensive schooling in Scotland. Drawing on a wide range of research, it will ask to what extent Scottish comprehensive schooling has realised the underlying values of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.  It aims to promote discussion about the difficult educational and policy issues that face the Scottish system in trying to offer the best educational opportunities and experiences for all young people aged 11-18.

Delegates who wish to tweet during the conference may do so discreetly using the hashtag #50yearsCompSch

Video of the conference is available at our School's dedicated YouTube Channel.

This conference was organised by the Centre for Educational Sociology (CES) and the Centre for Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID). For enquiry, please contact Grace Kong at <grace.kong@ed.ac.uk> or 0131 651 6459.

Related publication:

Everyone's Future: Lessons from fifty years of Scottish comprehensive education

Related news:

Press coverage on the 50 years of Scottish comprehensive schooling conference

Programme
09.00 Registration (tea and coffee will be available)
09.30 Welcome: Dr Rowena Arshad, Head of Moray House School of Education
09.35

The research evidence

Daniel Murphy, Linda Croxford and Cathy Howieson will present key issues arising from their book ‘Everyone’s Future: lessons from fifty years of Scottish comprehensive schooling’

10.45 Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages
11.00 Tea and coffee
11.30 Question Time panel Chair: Rowena Arshad  Panel members: Avril McNeill, Headteacher, Glenrothes High School. Larry Flanagan, General Secretary Educational Institute of Scotland;  Linda McTavish, Chair of Board of Lanarkshire College of Further Education; Walter Humes, Visiting Professor Stirling University.
12.25

Reflections on the Scottish experience and its challenges

Tony Gallagher, Professor of Education and Pro Vice-Chancellor at Queen’s University Belfast

12.40 Chair’s closing remarks
12.45 Buffet lunch

 

Oct 27 2015 -

Conference: What have we learned from fifty years of Scottish comprehensive schooling? (27.10.2015)

This conference will provide a reflective long-term overview of the experience of comprehensive schooling in Scotland.

Godfrey Thomson Hall, Thomson's Land, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ