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Roscoe Lecture: Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley

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For more than 20 years, LJMU has invited some of the country’s leading commentators to join staff, students and the people of Liverpool in discussing issues that matter to them.

The Roscoe Lectures use research, humour and political insight to explore current, engaging topics.

Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley will present a lecture entitled Politics and Education; An uneasy Couple?

About the Lecture
"Having spent most of my working life in either politics or education, I sometimes see the two as inextricably linked. I know that this is a view that wouldn’t be shared by some others and the campaign to ‘take politics out of education’ has probably grown in strength over recent years. 

Whilst I would defend a strong relationship between the two, I feel equally strongly that the boundaries between the world of politics and schools are poorly defined and damage both areas of public life. The talk will consider the relationship between politics and schools and explore what a new settlement might look like."

About Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley
Estelle started her career in education as a teacher in an inner city multiracial comprehensive school where she taught for 18 years. In 1992, she entered Parliament and in 2001 became the Secretary of State for Education and Skills. She followed this with two years as a Minister at the Department of Culture Media and Sport and left Parliament in 2005.

Since then she has combined a career that includes senior posts both in education and the arts as well as being a member of the House of Lords.

She now works at the Institute of Effective Education which aims to transform the relationship between education research and practice so that policy making and teaching can become more evidence-based.

She is a trustee of the The National Poetry Archive and chairs the Council at Goldsmiths College and a regular contributor to Guardian Education.

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