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The Learning Curve
Mon 20:30 - 21:00
Sun 23:00 - 23:30 (rpt)
The definitive guide to learning
This series has now ended
Monday 17 November 2008
Libby Purves and guests discuss current education stories.
In the last of the Learning Curve, Libby Purves leads a round table discussion looking back at some of the big education stories since the programme began in April 1998.
Subjects discussed include: Sats, phonics, academies, tuition fees, diplomas, etc;

Programme guests:

Mike Baker - award-winning freelance journalist, broadcaster, and education expert, who spent 18 years as the BBC's education correspondent on TV and radio.  He has just won 'National Education Journalist of the Year Award' for film on The Ridings. Mike is a columnist for BBC News Online and The Guardian. He broadcasts regularly on BBC Radios 4 & 5 and is a presenter on Teachers' TV.

Professor Alison Wolf - professor of public sector management at King's College London; journalist and broadcaster: specialist adviser to the House of Commons select committee on education and skills;

Margaret Lund - was Head teacher of Shakespeare Primary School, Manor Road, Fleetwood, Lancashire, for 20 years. She has recently retired and is the UK Winner of The Ted Wragg Award for Lifetime Achievement, presented at the UK Teaching Awards ceremony, October 2008.

Professor Dennis Hayes - Head of the Centre for Professional Education at Canterbury Christchurch University and visiting professor at Oxford Brookes University. In 2006-7, he was the first joint-president of the University and College Union, the largest post-compulsory education union in the world. Founder of campaign group Academics For Academic Freedom, Dennis is known for his educational journalism and broadcasting and is a member of the editorial board of the Times Higher Education magazine.

Andrew Bethell - began his teaching career at a Hackney comprehensive school in 1970. Fifteen years later he had held the post of Head of Year, Head of English and Media and Head of Sixth Form. In 1987, he left teaching to found independent production company, Double Exposure. The company was a prolific and successful producer of programming for teachers and schools. He is now Chief Executive and Creative Director of Teachers TV
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