This Cumberland Seminar will examine 'Education and Social Cohesion' with an introductory briefing from guest speaker Lord Adonis.

Published Date: 
Thursday, 5 October 2017
Authorship: 
Dr Owen Gower

The seminar will bring together leading educationalists, NGO representatives, academic leaders, and researchers at Cumberland Lodge, on Tuesday 10 October 2017, to explore the fundamental role of education in promoting social cohesion in 21st century Britain.

Lord Adonis is a former Labour politician, academic and journalist who served in the Labour Government for five years. He is currently chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission. 

The seminar will focus on the following key areas:

  1. ​Do we need a mixed school system? How do we ensure equality of access to education? 

  2. What does ‘...building a great meritocracy so that children from ordinary working families are given the chances their richer contemporaries take for granted’ (May 2017) mean for the way schools should be structured and funded?

  3. ‘Education in England is still too weak an engine of social mobility’ (Adonis 2012) What more can be done to improve the role of education in promoting social mobility?

  4. What is the role of schools in promoting social cohesion?

The briefing document provided to attendees can be downloaded in PDF format from this page.