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7 October: East London Education Question Time

Giving teachers, parents and the community a say.

Why are teachers striking? 

Is it ok to use unqualified “teachers”? 

Is OFSTED a political tool? 

Do we need SATs? 

Why is there a shortage of school places? 

Are standards falling in our schools?



Tuesday 7th October


(soft drinks, tea/coffee from 6.00pm) 

The Broadway Theatre, Barking, IG11 7LS

Chaired by: 

· Eddie Playfair - Principal NewVlc

Panellists will include: 

· Christine Blower – General Secretary NUT 

· Mike Gapes – MP Ilford South 

· Stephen Law – Philosopher and author 

· Maureen Okoye – Executive Headteacher Waltham Forest 

· Professor Ken Jones – Professor of Education, Goldsmiths


Admission is free but please register in advance for tickets with

Everyone is welcome, especially parents, sixth form students, governors and anyone else with an interest in education. 

You can also send questions in advance to


The event is supported by Newham Book Shop who will have a book stall and signing of London Recruits, The Secret War Against Apartheid by one of the London Recruits, Peter Smith.

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17 October: Anthony Walker Memorial Lecture

Anthony Walker was a Black British A-level student from Huyton, Merseyside, a Christian and a keen basketball player, who was brutally murdered in a racially motivated attack on 30 July 2005 near McGoldrick Park in Huyton. The crime shocked the local community and gained widespread national publicity. The perpetrators were brought to justice and received lengthy prison sentences.

In conjunction with the Walker Family and the Anthony Walker Foundation, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) instituted an annual lecture in Anthony's name in 2007.

This October, for Black History Month, the eighth annual Anthony Walker Memorial Lecture will be held at The Broadway theatre Barking (The Broadway, IG11 7LS, 5 minutes’ walk from Barking station) on Friday 17th October 2014 from 6:30pm – 8:45pm. NUT is delighted to have the support of Unison, Unite and GMB this year. The lecture is attended by many teachers, students and others in the field of education as well as champions of race equality from around the country. It is one way that they can use our role as educators to challenge the stereotypes and ideas that lead to discrimination and racist violence. 

The theme for this year’s lecture is ‘Unite for Anti-Racist Education


Baroness Oona King
Shadow Education Spokesperson in the House of Lords,
writer and Channel 4 diversity executive

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Columnist for The Independent and other newspapers

Jeremy Crook OBE
Director Black Training Enterprise Group

Christine Blower, NUT General Secretary

Max Hyde, NUT President

A music performance

With a contribution from Dr Gee Walker

All teachers and students (14-19 yrs. old) are welcome. In addition to the invited audience, the Broadway is delighted to be able to offer a limited number of places, which are free but must be booked in advance by calling the Broadway box office on 020 8507 5607.

For more information email

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