Date of release: Monday, November 18, 2013

Professor Patrick AinleyGovernment education policy is examined in a book launched next week, as academics begin the essential task of finding better alternatives.

In Education beyond the Coalition, out on 19 November, Professor Patrick Ainley, the university’s Professor of Education & Training, co-edits a collection of critiques, in partnership with NUT activist and teacher Dr Martin Allen. The collection covers all phases of education from primary to post-graduate schools.  

In the book, Professor Ainley looks at alternatives for higher education, while Dr Allen, criticising ‘Gove’s Exam Fallacies’, proposes a general diploma for all. Other chapters suggest restoring democracy to local education authorities, find ways to provide ‘'English for the many' in secondary schools, propose new futures for further education, and rethink the curriculum, teaching and assessment.  The summary chapter asks 'how should we respond to the long counter-revolution?'

Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, says: “This book is an important contribution to the debate all teachers want and need to have about what education is for.”

Professor Ainley and Dr Allen have previously published 'Young People, Education and Employment in a Moribund Economy', an e-book launched in February this year. They are currently working on their next publication, 'The Great Apprenticeship Robbery', due out in the new year.

The book will be launched on Tuesday 19 November at 5.30pm at Goldsmiths College Department of Education, Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW.  The launch will include a panel discussion with Christine Blower.

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