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FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education

Every issue of FORUM from its first issue in 1958 is now freely available online at

For over fifty years FORUM has been in the thick of the struggle for comprehensive education in Britain.  Back in the Autumn of 1958 the inaugural issue declared that the journal would concern itself with four principal areas: the new types of school being developed around the country, the steps modern schools were taking to transcend their limitations, the attempt to re-think the way pupils were organised (which meant the movement away from streaming), and new approaches to the content of education.  The journal would provide a basis of facts and ideas, and a locus for lively discussion and the exchange of experiences.  Its pages would be steeped in the issues and questions of the day, for they would be written by those working in the new schools and committed to the new trends in education.

Now the FORUM archive offers readers the chance freely to access every single article ever published in the journal since its inception.  As well as scholarly pieces by writers such as Brian Simon, Michael Armstrong and Constance Rosen, readers will find first-hand accounts of classroom experience by teachers (for example: ‘teaching unstreamed English’ or ‘introducing Nuffield Science into school’).  They will find analysis of the politics of educational change from commentators as acute as Caroline Benn, Robin Pedley and Clyde Chitty.  They will find opinion and discussion pieces by teachers and academics, evidence presented to public commissions (notably the Plowden Committee), critical symposia, case-studies, book-reviews, even a range of adverts for educational books and materials.  ‘Forward Trends in the Treatment of Backward Children’, anyone?

FORUM declared itself a journal by and for teachers, administrators, advisers, parents, governors and councillors.  Their words, and the words of academics, fill the pages of the archive.  Politically engaged, always internationalist (for a while the journal even boasted an American correspondent), rooted in real classrooms and schools, and enduringly at the leading-edge of progressive educational change, the archive is a testimony to victories and defeats as experienced by those who participated in the struggle, and continue to do so.  Multi-racial and anti-racist education, testing and teaching, education 16-19, the 1988 Education Reform Act, assessment, provision for the rising-fives, new technologies in school, the reflective practitioner…  Decade by decade, such sub-headings indicate the wealth of material accessible now at

The Editorial Board of FORUM, and their publishers, are immensely grateful to Angela Cutts, Librarian at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, and to her colleagues, who so kindly (and very bravely) allowed their stock of printed back numbers to be copied to create this archive.




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Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory

Marxism Against Postmodernism in Educational Theory


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FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education
Volume 55 Number 2, 2013, ISSN 0963-8253


Co-operative Education for a New Age?
Guest Editor: TOM WOODIN


Tom Woodin & Michael Fielding. Editorial. Co-operative Education for a New Age? OPEN ACCESS

Henry Tam. Cooperative Problem-Solving and Education

Ruth Martin. Co-operative Problem-Solving at the RoyalDocksCommunitySchool

Wendy Drewery. Restorative Justice Practice: cooperative problem-solving in New Zealand’s schools

Anne Walker. Why Teach Cooperative Problem-Solving in Adult Education?

Sarah Jones. Co-operation: the antidote to isolated misery

Phil Arnold. Making Co-operative Ideas Work

Gail Davidge. Some ‘get it’ more than others: cultivating a co-operative ethos in uncertain times

Patrick Roach. Reasons to Co-operate: co-operative solutions for schools

Nigel Todd. The Wallsend Owenites

Keith Vernon. Co-operative Education and the State, c.1895-1935

Ander Delgado. Co-operatives, Democracy and Education: the Basque ikastolas in the 1960s and 1970s


Clyde Chitty. Caroline DeCamp Benn and the Comprehensive Education Movement

Jane Martin. Caroline DeCamp Benn and the Comprehensive Education Movement: the biographer’s tale

John Bolt. A Better Future for our Schools

Landmark Freedom of Information Victory for British Humanist Association OPEN ACCESS


Unleashing Greatness: getting the best from an academised system (Academies Commission), reviewed by Clyde Chitty


Access to the full texts of articles is restricted to those who have a Personal subscription, or those whose institution has a Library subscription.

PERSONAL SUBSCRIPTION Subscription to the three printed 2013 issues (including online access to all available past issues) is available to private individuals at a cost of US$70.00 (approximately £46.00). If you wish to subscribe you may do so immediately at

LIBRARY SUBSCRIPTION (campus-wide access) If you are working within an institution that maintains a library, please urge your Librarian to take out a Library subscription so we can provide full access throughout your institution. Detailed information for libraries can be found at

For all editorial matters, including articles offered for publication, please contact the Editor, Professor Clyde Chitty, 19 Beaconsfield Road, Bickley, BromleyBR1 2BL, United Kingdom (

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Workshop at Nottingham 2/3 December 2011 – Papers now Available!

Resistance against free trade agreements has increased since the demonstrations at the WTO ministerial conference inSeattlein 1999. Positions by trade unions on free trade agreements are, however, ambiguous. While trade unions in the North especially in manufacturing have supported free trade agreements to secure export markets for ‘their’ companies, trade unions in the Global South oppose these agreements, since they often imply deindustrialisation.

Academics, trade union researchers and social movement activists met in a two-day workshop, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) at the School of Politics and International Relations/University of Nottingham, on 2 and 3 December 2011 to discuss these issues in detail. The purpose of the workshop was to understand better the dynamics underlying free trade as well as explore possibilities for transnational solidarity between labour movements in the North and South. The papers of the workshop can be downloaded below:

Panel 1 – Conceptual and methodological considerations
Panel 2 – Free trade and particular sectors
Panel 3 – European trade unions and free trade
Panel 4 – Free trade negotiations
Panel 5 – Free trade and the Global South
Panel 6 – Resistance to free trade agreements and the quest for alternatives

Original source:

The Battle in Seattle: Its Significance for Education, by Glenn Rikowski (London, Tufnell Press, 2001)

From the publishers:

“It’s a wonderful outline of the new anti-capitalist activity It pulls together all aspects of changes to all levels of education, as it is drawn into the profit business ­ and ever further away from wider concepts of education.” — Caroline Benn, Hillcole Group of Radical Left Educators, and President of the Socialist Education Association

“This is essential reading for all those the world over who have been driven to the margins of existence by forces of the current phase of capitalism – globalisation. It helps to understand the forces hiding behind bodies such as the World Trade Organisation that drive us relentlessly towards giving up control over our minds and bodies. This booklet looks particularly at the dangers facing education systems from the global search for mega profits. It also shows that people’s resistance can make a difference in snatching control over their lives.” — Shiraz Durrani, Information for Social Change

“Glenn Rikowski vividly demonstrates the centrality of education in capitalist globalisation. With precision and utmost clarity, he also details the historical background to ‘The Battle in Seattle’ as well as the other mass demonstrations against global capitalism and its agents of destruction. Rikowski’s seminal text is destined to become essential reading for critical/radical educators and political activists, but it should be read by everyone who is concerned with, and about, the future of education indeed, the future of humanity.” — Paula Allman, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Nottingham, and author of Critical Education Against Global Capital: Karl Marx and Revolutionary Critical Education

“Glenn Rikowski has produced a brilliant and I believe historical landmark in Left education.” — Peter McLaren, University of California, Los Angeles, and author of Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of Revolution

“I felt compelled to grab the red flag and take to the streets as I worked through Glenn Rikowski’s well documented exposé of what the World Trade Organisation is up to and its plans for education. But Glenn’s analysis is much more than a clarion call. It anchor’s that call in solid theory and critique so that my immediate response can now be matched by informed and focused action. An activist’s true handbook.” — Helen Raduntz, University of South Australia

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LEGACIES, POLICIES AND PROSPECTS: One year on from the Cambridge Primary Review

Professor Robin Alexander
University of Cambridge
Director of the Cambridge Primary Review

Saturday 6th November, 2010
2.15pm – 4.00pm

Elvin Hall, Institute of Education, University of London, Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL


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Volumizer Resurrection Nine



The Volumizer was Glenn Rikowski’s AOL blog. It was started up on 29th September 2005. On 30th September 2008, AOL announced that all of its Hometown products, including its blogs and newsletters, would be closed down on 31st October 2008. Glenn’s articles, many of which were written for his students at the Volumizer, will be preserved at The Flow of Ideas. Work has begun on this project, and the latest articles to be included are now available, as listed below:






Rikowski, G. (2008) Forms of Capital: Critique of Bourdieu on Cultural Capital, 6th January, London, online at:







Rikowski, G. (2007) Forms of Capital: Critique of Bourdieu on Capital, 18th December, London, online at:



Rikowski, G. (2007) After the Hillcole Group of Radical Left Educators, 8th August, London, online at:



Rikowski, G. (2007) PowerPointlessness in Higher Education, 17th June, London, online at:



Rikowski, G. (2007) Learning Investments: New Private Schools and New Labour Dilemmas in Educational Services Exports, 14th June, London, online at: 



Rikowski, G. (2007) Robotic Ethics, 20th June, London, online at:





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Centre for Education for Social Justice – Launch and Inaugural Lecture by Tony Benn

Peace, Justice & Knowledge

The First Caroline Benn Memorial Lecture

Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln

Monday 13th October 2008, 6.00pm


The Launch marks what would have been the 82nd birthday of Caroline Benn (1926 – 2000). Caroline devoted her life to education for social justice and was co-founder of the Campaign for Comprehensive Education, and a leading member of the Hillcole Group of Radical Left Educators. Caroline wrote extensively about the roles and purposes of education. Her enduring commitment to education for social justice makes it fitting that the first lecture of the C4E4SJ each academic year is to be named in her honour. We are delighted that this inaugural lecture, Peace, Justice and Knowledge, is to be delivered by her husband, Tony Benn


Details of the aims and purposes of the Centre, its mission and opportunities for membership will be available at the launch. Drinks will be served from 5.30 pm. The inaugural lecture will commence at 6.00 pm and will be followed by a light buffet.


If you would like to attend, then please contact:

Hannah Clipsham

The Events Office

Bishop Grosseteste University College




Tel: 01522 583702


Ticket sales close in a few days time



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