September 27, 2011
Melissa Benn: School Wars
Watershed Media Centre
September 27, 2011
7.30pm -
Watershed Media Centre
1 Canon's Road, Harbourside
Bristol, BS1 5TX United Kingdom
A Festival of Ideas event

Melissa Benn, co-founder of the Local Schools Network, and part of Comprehensive Future, makes an unequivocal and passionate case for quality universal education as the embodiment of common citizenship and a common good in her new book, School Wars. From the poorest comprehensives to the most well-resourced private schools, Benn takes a forensic look at what lies behind the daily headlines: at the inequalities of the current system; the damaging impact of spending cuts; and the rise of free schools.

Making a compelling case for the benefits of a genuine academic and social mix in classrooms, Benn examines the 'politics of selection' of grammar and comprehensive schools, and the resultant 'educational apartheid'. She also explores the dangerous example of US education reform, where privatisation, punitive accountability and the rise of charter schools have intensified social, economic and ethnic divisions..

Melissa Benn is a combatant in the school wars as a mother. The daughter of Tony Benn and the late comprehensive education champion Caroline Benn, she is an energetic campaigner.

Fee: £6.00 full / £5.00 concessions.