The Fair Education Alliance published its second annual state of the nation report in April 2016 that explores fairness in the education system in England and whether the country is on track to achieve the Fair Education Impact Goals by 2022. The report can be read here.
On 14 June 2016, the Alliance launched the report in Manchester featuring a keynote speech from Lemn Sissay.
Lemn Sissay MBE is associate artist at Southbank Centre, patron of The Letterbox Club and The Reader Organisation, ambassador for The Children’s Reading Fund, trustee of Forward Arts Foundation and inaugural trustee of World Book Night and an honorary doctor of Letters. He has been a writer from birth and foremost he is a poet.
Lemn is author of a series of books of poetry alongside articles, records, broadcasts, public art, commissions and plays. Sissay was the first poet commissioned to write for London Olympics. His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London. They can be seen in The Royal Festival Hall and The Olympic Park. His Landmark Poem,Guilt of Cain, was unveiled by Bishop Desmond Tutu in Fen Court near Fenchurch St Station.
The event also featured a presentation of the Report Card by FEA Director Lewis Iwu, and a panel discussion of the Report.
The Manchester panel featured:
Nick is the co-founder of the Tutor Trust and has been involved with a number of educational and youth work charities for twenty years. He is a Director of the academies charity Oasis Community Learning and was previously Chair of Governors at the Oasis Academy MediaCityUK in Salford.
An Associate of the think tank Demos, Nick spent seven years working in Westminster and Whitehall, including four years as a Special Adviser to Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP during the last Labour Government. He has also served as Director of the think tank Policy Network.
From September 1st 2014, Nick has been appointed to serve a second three-year term as a lay member of the General Assembly of the University of Manchester.
Nick is a graduate of the universities of Oxford (law) and Harvard (public policy).
Chloe is the Manchester Director at ReachOut and has been passionately involved in the charity sector for many years, focusing on education, youth and inequality. Before joining ReachOut Chloe developed Chapter 1’s first learning hub for homeless vulnerable adults and young people in Manchester. She is a former teacher and strong advocate for young people.
Chloe is a graduate from the university of Brighton (business with marketing) and MMU (PGCE in Secondary Education).
Tarun Kapur CBE
Tarun is the Chief Executive & Academy Principal of The Dean Trust, Multi-Academy group of schools based in the North-West. As a National Leader of Education Tarun has worked closely with Government Policy Advisors consulting and providing expert knowledge and experience in all aspects of education, in particular, providing support to schools that are experiencing difficulties. Tarun is also a Director with the Manchester United Foundation whose aim is to provide opportunities for children to engage in sport from all backgrounds as well as Chairman of the FA and Premier League Facilities Panel, the UK’s largest sports’ charity.
Stephanie is the Head of Widening Participation at the University of Manchester and has worked in the higher education sector, and in widening participation specifically, for over ten years. As Head of Widening Participation, Stephanie is responsible for overseeing the University’s strategy to increase participation from groups currently under-represented at the University and in higher education more generally. A key priority of this role is to oversee the University’s Access Agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA), ensuring that the University delivers on its challenging targets to improve the access, success and progression of students from less advantaged backgrounds.
Prior to joining the University of Manchester Stephanie was a languages teacher in a Manchester secondary school. Stephanie is also a school governor at a special school in Manchester and is trustee for the charity North West Gifted and Talented (NWGT).
Kelsey is a full-time volunteer for City Year Greater Manchester and serves in Chorlton High School. Before joining City Year, Kelsey attended the Manchester College completing a course in Art and Design and another in Sign Language. She chose to join City Year UK because she felt it would give her hands-on experience in a school environment and would develop her abilities and confidence to achieve her career goals. She is currently working with a range of students in school but has particularly enjoyed working with students with behavioural issues and special educational needs. Although very challenging, she has relished seeing the difference she can make to individuals. Kelsey feels that her 'service year' has been incredibly rewarding and has taught her many of the key transferable skills which she had hoped to develop. Following City Year, Kelsey hopes to pursue a career in special needs schools, working with deaf students.