A 10-minute conversation with the author Salley Vickers, who is one of our Trustees, on the role of education in challenging social divisions

Published Date: 
Thursday, 29 June 2017

This podcast was recorded in February 2017, as part of our series of podcasts to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Cumberland Lodge as an educational foundation.

In it, Salley talks about the challenges facing young people today and the role of education in challenging social divisions and inequalities. She offers her views on the amount of testing required of young children, the lack of opportunity for discussion and debate, and the inequalities that exist between the state and private education sectors.

She calls for greater inter-generational dialogue and a greater focus on citizenship, critical analysis and discussion in schools.

Salley also talks about her own socialist upbringing and her parents' concerns about her winning a state scholarship to a public school at the age of 12.

Salley isĀ an acclaimed novelist and poet, whose works include Miss Garnet's Angel, Mr Golightly's Holiday, The Other Side of You and Where Three Roads Meet. She has been a Trustee of Cumberland Lodge since 2009.