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Our panel for the Education debate tomorrow is now as follows:

Joanne Bartley, Chair of Kent Education Network



Joanna Williams, Education editor for Spiked-Online (also UoK academic)


Phil Karnavas from The Canterbury Academy

Tim Luckhurst, school governor, journalist and academic @TCHL


The chair is John Wightman – Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences


By Canterbury Labour Party / Education / / 0 Comments


Make your voice and views heard at a brand-new, free event, Whitstable Debates. The Whitstable branch Labour Party is hosting a series of public debates on key local issues – the first is on Tuesday 26th April at 7.30pm in St. Alphege CE Infant School Hall, Oxford Street, Whitstable, CT5 1DA.

The idea of local debates was first suggested by the late Richard Stainton, much-respected Whitstable resident and campaigner, The aim is to get people involved in open and informed discussions on important topics. It’s a democratic way for a wide range of local voices and opinions to be heard, and a great addition to all the other ways in which we now get and exchange information.

The topic for the debate on Tuesday 26th April is “Education in Kent: do we really have a choice?” Focusing on local issues such as selection, early years’ provision and academy schools, it will be structured around a panel representing a wide range of views.

The panel members include Joanne Bartley, a parent who campaigns on local education issues, Joanna Williams, an educational writer and Phil Karnavas, a local head teacher with 40 years’ experience in education. The event will be chaired by John Wightman, a senior academic from the University of Kent.

We are now collecting questions from Whitstable people and a summary of these will go to our panel before the debate. Panel members will also respond to questions from the floor on the night. Send your pre-debate questions to:

Twitter: @whitsdebates
Facebook: WhitstableDebates
Email: [email protected]

We want this to be a lively and robust debate, and the beginning of something meaningful for Whitstable. Although hosted by the local Labour Party, it is not intended to promote party views – the more shades of opinion the better. So please come along and help launch Whitstable Debates!