Knowledge and Skills Roundtable

On the 13th October, the APPG for Education held a roundtable discussion on the balance between subject knowledge and softer skills. The debate was chaired by Danny Kinahan MP, Chair of the APPG for Education.  Participants ranged from teachers and academics to parents and employers, and included: the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, the British Council, the Institute of Education, Capita, the Institute of Customer Service, National Citizen Service Trust, the National Literacy Trust and the Parents’ Union, several universities and the Times Educational Supplement.

The debate concentrated on three central topics: whether there is a need for better soft skills education; who should be responsible for teaching those skills; and some examples of best practice that others could learn from.

A full transcript of the discussion can be found here.

The participants were:

Danny Kinahan MP (chair)

Fiona Abankwah, Sydney Russell School

Jonathan Baggaley, PSHE Association

Cara Bleiman, Arnhem Wharf Primary School

Jo Causon, Institute of Customer Service

Janet Clark, Association of Teachers and Lecturers

Laura Gibbon, National Citizen Service

Rania Hafez, University of Greenwich

Dennis Hayes, University of Derby

Mark Herbert, British Council

Lord Knight, TES

Dr Shirley Lawes, UCL Institute of Education

Harriet McCann, National Literacy Trust

Dr James Panton, Magdalen College School

Lin Proctor, Future Academies

Alka Sehgal-Cuthbert, University of Cambridge

Michelle Wildman, PTA UK (?)

Karen Wilkinson, Parents’ Union (?)

Dr Joanna Williams, University of Kent (?)