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Party political conferences: 10 takeaways for education

The annual circus of the political conferences is over for another year. With a General Election looming, Geoff Barton draws 10 takeaways from the Labour and Conservative events
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Party conferences are curious affairs – part a pitch to the electorate and part a gathering of tribal clans. The stakes are always high, but there was an extra frisson to this year’s events because they may be the last before the next General Election.

What then have this year’s gathering told us about what may be in store for those working in our schools and colleges depending on who wins at the polls?

Below I give you my 10 education takeaways from the Conservative and Labour conferences. But before I begin, here are three quick context-setters. Read my reflections below with these in mind.

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