Sir John Cass's Foundation Lecture

2012

The 6th Sir John Cass's Foundation Lecture took place on the 17th October 2012 at the Cass Business School in London. It was given by the Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, the Secretary of State for the Department of Business Innovation and Skills.

 

 

2011

The 5th Sir John Cass's Foundation Lecture took place on the evening of 5th October 2011 at the Cass Business School in London.

'Is the British Education System Broken?'

by Katharine Birbalsingh 

Katharine Birbalsingh is the deputy head teacher who spoke at the Conservative Party Conference last October and declared that the education system was broken. Some say she is Britain’s most outspoken and controversial teacher. Educated at a comprehensive school, she earned a degree in philosophy and modern languages at Oxford University and has taught for over a decade in inner-city schools. She has written a book To Miss with Love, which exposes the reality of inner-city schools and the problems with the education system. Katharine now writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph and other publications. She is also setting up a free school, the Michaela Community School, in south London.

A copy of the publication of this lecture is available to download from the 'publication' section of this website. 

 

2010

The 4th Sir John Cass's Foundation Lecture took place on the evening of 8th December 2010 at the Cass Business School. 

'Why Schools, Why Universities?'

by Dr Anthony Seldon MA, PhD, FRSA, MBA, FRHisS

 

Educators are locked into a battle between traditionalists who want to focus on solid academic content, the Canon, and traditional exams, and progressives, who want softer subjects geared more to the children’s interests, with less rigour and a lower academic content.  Dr Seldon argues that London can lead the way in showing that one can have both rigour and engagement, be subject-centred and child-centred, and in doing so, develop all facets of children, their creative, spiritual, moral, personal and physical intelligences, as well as their logical and linguistic sides to their minds.


Anthony Seldon is an authority on contemporary British history and headmaster of Wellington College, one of Britain's most famous independent schools. He is also author or editor of over 25 books on contemporary history, politics and education. His latest book, "Trust: How we lost it and how to get it back", was published in October 2009.

After gaining an MA at Worcester College, Oxford, and a PhD at the London School of Economics, he qualified as a teacher at King’s College, London, He has two honorary doctorates and is Professor at the College of Teachers. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts. He founded, with Professor Peter Hennessy, the Institute of Contemporary British History.

Dr Seldon appears regularly on television and radio and in the press, and writes for several national newspapers. His views on education have regularly been sought by the government and political parties.

A copy of the publication of this lecture is available to download from the 'publications' section of this website. 

 

2009

Michael Gove announces new Tory policy to support teachers at Cass event

MP gives annual Sir John Cass’s Foundation lecture

Friday, 4 December, 2009

Michael Gove, Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, gave the annual Sir John Cass’s Foundation lecture last night where he announced a new Conservative Party policy to boost teaching quality in science and maths.

Under this policy, science and maths graduates from top universities would have their student loans repaid if they become teachers.  Their loans would be repaid for as long as they were working as teachers.  This incentive is aimed at challenging the current situation where too many people are considered to have left school without a good, basic knowledge of maths and science and too few go on to study these subjects at university. 

Gove said the policy would produce better educated teachers with a commitment to the long term and would diminish the churn where many people leave teaching after a few years, that characterises our system.

The Sir John Cass Foundation Lecture is given annually by a policy maker or commentator and seeks to advance the debate of charity and business working together to promote education.

Cass Business School is named after the 18th Century City of London educational philanthropist and businessman Sir John Cass following a generous donation from his foundation in 2001.  Cass was a renowned entrepreneur and established his foundation for furthering education in the City of London.

 

 

The Democratic Intellect - What Do We Need to Succeed in the 21st Century?

Thursday 3 December 2009
18:30 - 20:30

Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TZ

Speakers

Michael Gove MP

Event details 

The Sir John Cass's Foundation Lecture is given annually by a policy maker or commentator and seeks to advance the debate of charity and business working together to promote education. We are delighted that the Shadow Secretary of State, Michael Gove MP, will deliver this year's lecture.

Michael Gove was born in Edinburgh in 1967 and educated at Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen, and Oxford University. He enjoyed a fifteen year career in journalism, mainly at The Times newspaper, where he was Assistant Editor. Michael was elected to Parliament for Surrey Heath in 2005 and joined the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in 2007. He is married to Sarah, a journalist at The Times, and they have two children

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

Established in 1748, and now a major educational charity benefiting the whole of inner London, the Foundation provides funding to schools and organisations, as well as individuals, via its scholarships and bursaries programmes.

The Foundation takes its name from its founder, Sir John Cass. Born in 1661, he served as Alderman, Sheriff and MP for the City of London and was knighted in 1712.

Today the Foundation has links in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors of education, supporting its primary school in the City of London and secondary school in Tower Hamlets, which was designated by the Department for Education & Skills as a Specialist Language School in 2000, as well as the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design within London Metropolitan University.

In 2001, the Foundation made a multi-million pound grant to City University’s Business School, which was subsequently re-named the Cass Business School, and continues to provide on going support, to this and other establishments bearing the name of the founder.

In 2008, the Foundation awarded a substantial grant to the University of East London towards a new state-of-the art teaching and resource centre in Stratford, which has been named the Sir John Cass School of Education.  The new building was officially opened on 8th October 2009 and is already one of London’s foremost centres for teacher training.  Many of its alumni are working in local schools and it is a Category A provider for secondary teacher training. 
 
The Foundation has supported a variety of Government educational initiatives in schools within inner London, such as Education Action Zones, Specialist Schools and has contributed towards two Academies.  Support has also been given to the Country’s first Parent Promoted School and the Foundation has agreed to work with  the East London Business Alliance, on employment and educational opportunities in east London over the next three years, leading up to the Olympic Games in 2012.

 

2008

The Second Annual Sir John Cass's Foundation Lecture took place on the evening of 13th November 2008 at the Cass Business School. The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Ed Balls agreed to give the Lecture.

 

Venue: Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TZ

Date and time: 18:00 to 20:30 on Thursday 13 November 2008

Speakers: Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

Event details

The Sir John Cass's Foundation Lecture is given annually by a policy maker or commentator and seeks to advance the debate of charity and business working together to promote education. In giving this year's lecture, the Secretary of State, Ed Balls MP, will take as his theme "A world class education for every child".

Ed Balls was appointed Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on 28 June 2007. His principal focus will be to ensure that every child gets the best possible start in life, that they are safe and healthy, that they secure the highest standards of achievements, that they enjoy their childhood and that they can make a positive contribution to society free from the effects of poverty.

Ed Balls was previously Economic Secretary to the Treasury, taking up appointment on 5 May 2006. He has been a Member of Parliament for Normanton since 2005. He was born in 1967 and educated at Nottingham High School; Keble College, Oxford; and the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard.

Ed Balls was a teaching fellow in the Department of Economics, Harvard 1989-90; and an Economics Leader writer and columnist for the Financial Times 1990-94. He was Economic Adviser to the then Shadow Chancellor Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP 1994-97; Secretary Labour Party Economic Policy Commission 1994-97; Economic Adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer 1997-99; Chief Economic Adviser to HM Treasury 1999-2004; and Research Fellow, Smith Institute 2004-05.

Ed Balls has had a number of publications including Towards a New Regional Policy and Reforming Britain’s economic and financial policy: towards greater economic stability and Microeconomic Reform in Britain: Delivering Opportunities for All. He is a member of the TGWU, Unison and the Co-operative Party.

Ed Balls is married to Yvette Cooper MP and has three children. Outside work his interests include music, cooking and playing football with his children

 

2007

'Schools of the Future'

by Lord Adonis

The inaugural Sir John Cass's Foundation lecture took place on 25th June 2007 and was given by Lord Andrew Adonis, then Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools.

Speaking on the subject of 'Schools of the Future', Lord Adonis set out his vision for the education system in 2020.

By 2020, he explained, 80% of teenagers should leave school with at least five A-C grade GCSE passes. 

The 10 essential components for reaching the 80% target are as follows:

  • further investment in, and reform of, the teaching profession
  • accelerated change in schools (ethos, governance, leadership) and, in the case of secondary schools, stronger partnerships with employers and higher education
  • greater diversity and choice for parents and pupils, both within schools and between schools, sufficient for every young person to be able to develop their talents to the full
  • making extended schools and personalised curriculums for all students a reality
  • staying-on post-16 needs to become the norm
  • completion of a national under-fives service to give every parent proper support in the early years of the child’s life and ensure that every child gets the best possible start
  • transformed provision for those with specific learning disabilities, those in danger of dropping out and who do in fact drop out
  • steady expansion of higher education, up to and beyond the existing 50% target
  • an internationally focused education system that prepares pupils for the globalised world in which we now live
  • steadily rising public and private investment in education at all levels.

 

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