The Fair Education Alliance hosted an event at Church House in Westminster on Thursday 14th April 2016 to celebrate the launch of its second state of the nation Report Card released the previous day. Almost 200 people attended the event including students, teachers, journalists, and some of the senior figures from the world of education. Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector at Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, provided the keynote speech in which he praised the Alliance’s policy and practice recommendations claiming that “[they] are exactly the sort of innovative thinking that we should be exploring.”
The keynote speech was followed by a panel response to the report. The panel consisted of CEO of Achievement for All Sonia Blandford, General Secretary of NAHT Russell Hobby, year 12 student and debater at Debate Mate Ella Cox, and founder of ELAM and one half of music duo Chase and Status Will Kennard, each of whom were able to provide a unique perspective on the issues raised in the report. The panel session was made more interactive with tweets from the audience about the topics being discussed appearing on the screen behind the panellists. There was also an opportunity for a Q and A session with the panellists and Sir Michael Wilshaw followed by an hour of networking.