Education Committee events

Each year the Education Committee runs a selection of seminars and discussion evenings. In addition it supports the Public Speaking Competition for schools and an evening of presentations of new initiatives from members. The purpose of both types of event is to give Liverymen and Freemen a chance to hear about and discuss educational topics.

Chairman of the Education Committee Martyn Coles introducing speaker Alison Peacock
The events are open to anyone with an interest in education and are not intended for specialists in particular areas.  However we do ask that those attending make a donation of at least £10 to help defray the costs of each evening. Cash or cheque please.Please let the Secretary of the Education Committee know that you will be attending: educationsecretary@co-educators.com
Each evening usually starts at 18.00 with an opportunity for a glass of wine, juice or water. The presentation and discussion will follow at 18.15 with the evening ending at 20.00.   Venues include Anglia Ruskin University London Campus and City, University of London. Please check instructions for specific events to ensure you go to the right place. Members of the Company are encouraged to bring guests as this is often a useful way of introducing potential Freemen to the work of the Company. Check out the calendar for dates.
There are some differences between the two types of event.
The Master’s seminars form part of a coordinated themed programme looking at different aspects of a topic or looking at the theme in different parts of education. The tradition has been that the Master chooses both the theme and the speakers for the seminar programme although this is not essential. Planning for the seminar series starts in the January of each year with the aim that the programme can be announced in the autumn of the Master’s year. There may also be links to speakers at dinners and The Franklin lecture. The Master aims to chair each event if possible. The Education Secretaries help to find suitable people to invite for the audience and the series can be seen as an external facing series. In some years a record has been made of the seminars and their discussion and distributed via appropriate media.
The Company of Educators also holds Discussion Evenings at periodic intervals to discuss topics of interest to members. The format is usually a presentation followed by questions. The events are informal and the audience has a wide range of backgrounds in education. A report is made of the evening which usually appears in the internal publication The Educator and on this publications page of this web site. The discussion evenings cover a variety of topics, many of which are suggested by individual Freemen. The meetings for the following year are discussed at the May meeting of the Committee and are arranged to fit in with the seminar programme. However, it is also possible to arrange a meeting on a key current topic at short notice. These meetings are chaired by the Chairman of Education Committee. The events can be seen as more inward looking although guests are welcome. Attendance at a discussion evening or a seminar can be a good way to introduce potential new Freemen to the Company.
Reports of recent events can be found on the Publications page.