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Education and Capitalism

Centre for Educational Research (CER) Annual Conference

Issues in Professionalism

Tuesday 5th July 2011   13.00 – 17.30,

Universityof Derby

What does it mean to be a ‘professional’ today? Is it to be compliant and regulated or is it still possible to be an autonomous professional, whatever your discipline is? The idea of a ‘new’ professionalism is increasingly discussed but the meaning of professionalism is now uncertain.

The conference will open with a Keynote Speech by Gary McCulloch, the Brian Simon Professor of History of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, who will place professionalism in its historical context. Various issues in professionalism will then be examined in a series of workshops and the day will end with a panel debate around the question “What does ‘professionalism’ mean today?”

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The conference is open to all academic or administrative staff, postgraduate students at the University of Derby, teachers who are research associates and external delegates.

External Bookings cost £25.


12.00 Registration and Buffet Lunch (in the Atrium,UniversityofDerby,Kedleston RoadCampus)

13.00 Keynote Speaker:  Professor Gary McCulloch

14.30 Workshops on a variety of topics related to professionalism such as the student as consumer, academic freedom, the return of professional knowledge, the new regulatory professionalism and a special workshop for the Teacher Research Associates Network (TRAN) facilitated by Dr Des Hewitt.

16.00 Coffee and Tea

16.30 SCETT Panel Debate “What does professionalism mean today?”  Speakers include: Siôn Humphreys (SCETT Chair, & NAHT); Rania Hafez (SCETT Vice-Chair, & Muslim Women in Education); Toby Marshall (SCETT & Havering College of FHE); Brian Cookson (SCETT Treasurer & NASUWT National Treasurer); Professor Dennis Hayes (SCETT Hon Sec & University of Derby).

The debate is sponsored by the Standing Committee for the Education and Training of Teachers (SCETT):

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Saturday 19th February 2011

Middlesex University

Trent Park, London
Chair, Kevin Morris, Deputy Director of Professional Development


Gary McCulloch, Brian Simon, Professor of History of Education, Institute of Education, London

Spyros Themelis, Lecturer in Education, Middlesex University

John Yandell, PGCE English/Drama Course Leader, Institute of Education, London

Toby Young, Journalist and founder of West London Free School

Toby Marshall, Head of Film and Media, Havering College of FE and HE

Kevin Rooney, Head of Politics and History at Queens School, Bushey

Joyce Canaan, Professor of Sociology, Birmingham City University

Eva Gamarnikow, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Human Rights, Institute of Education, London

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0208 411 4310
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Now available online:

FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education
Volume 52 Number 2 2010     ISSN 0963-8253

How Did We Get Here and What Does the Future Hold?

Clyde Chitty. Editorial. Education plc

Derek Gillard. Hobson’s Choice: education policies in the 2010 General Election

Patrick Yarker. Representative Refusals: what comprehensives keep out, and what ministers keep to themselves

Michael Armstrong. The Cambridge Primary Review: a reply to R.J.Campbell

Stewart Ranson. Returning Education to Layering Horizons?

John Wadsworth. The Simple View of Education or Education Policy for Dummies

Colin Richards. Education Policy and Practice ‘under’ New Labour: an epistolary critique

Clive Griggs. Education and the Private Finance Initiative

Warwick Mansell. Has New Labour’s Numbers Drive Done Lasting Damage to State Education?

Trevor Fisher. The Death of Meritocracy: exams and university admissions in crisis

Peter Flack. Another School is Possible: developing positive alternatives to academies

Jeff Serf. Bringing Them Together: what children think about the world in which they live and how it could be improved

Clyde Chitty. Brian Simon and FORUM


The Death of the Comprehensive High School? Historical, Contemporary and Comparative Perspectives (Barry M. Franklin & Gary McCulloch, Eds), reviewed by Clyde Chitty

Home is Where One Starts From: one woman’s memoir (Barbara Tizard), reviewed by Michael Armstrong
Education and Social Integration: comprehensive schooling in Europe (Susanne Wiborg), reviewed by Clyde Chitty

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