On Thursday 10 October an illustrious panel will gather at Dean Close School to debate the future of education.  The panel will consist of Jeremy Vine (Chair), The Rt Hon the Lord Blunkett, Alex Chalk MP (Cheltenham), Professor Richard Benham, Eleanor Busby, The Independent Education Correspondent, Emma Taylor, Warden, Dean Close Foundation.

The Question Time styled event, named Education Question Time (#EduQT), will take place in the 550-seater Bacon Theatre at the School, from 7-9pm.  Cheltenham is a national centre of excellence for education, so where better to discuss the pressing questions facing the education system: Is the curriculum preparing young people for the 21st century workplace?  How can school leavers choose between university, vocational training and apprenticeships?  Which qualifications give pupils the best chances in the future, A levels, International Baccalaureate, BTECs? How well are schools tackling the rising tide of mental health issues for young people?

The politicians, journalists, leaders in education and employers will tackle tough questions from the audience who will consist of parents, teachers and the local community, with tickets on sale from the Bacon Theatre.

Preceding the main event from 5.30-6.15pm, a Pupil Panel consisting of pupils from the Cheltenham Education Partnership, will present short speeches on how they feel their particular school has prepared them for the tomorrow’s world and what they see as the gaps in the current national school curriculum, which should be addressed.  Questions from this debate will also be put forward to the main event.

Tickets for the Main Event are £5+ admin charges (free to 18s and under) and can be purchased directly from the Bacon Theatre by calling 01242 258002 or via the Box Office website https://bacontheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows.