Making Education a Priority (MEaP) is the legacy of a lively conference with the community that Manchester Metropolitan University hosted in 2013. We were honored and privileged to have Diane Abbott MP as our key note speaker on the day. Themes around Culture, Identity, Community and Governance emerged from all of the excellent contributions to the conference. You will read in detail how these themes, firmly rooted in Education, began to define a pathway towards Social Justice in a practical way, for our communities. In our workshops we explored the models of Free Schools, Co-operative Schools, Studio Schools, Supplementary Schools and Arts-led Special Schools. We also had workshops about thinking of Alternative Education as Protest, which gave us an insight into what “Critical Pedagogy” could actually look like on the ground, in our communities.
You can read more about the conference here.