A review of Melissa Benn’s “Life Lessons”


It’s likely that politics over the next year will be as tumultuous, if not more so, than it has been in the two years since the EU referendum. Brexit will dominate and subsume government, especially if there’s any risk of no deal, to the detriment of public services. The Conservative Party is apparently hellbent on civil war. A Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour government is possible, although Corbyn’s ideas on public services are dry and conservative, harking back rather than looking forward. It may fall elsewhere to ensure that vital services continue to grow and develop. Times are difficult in education, with funding cuts starting to bite and – ludicrously – Tory education policy dominated by an unwanted and destructive return to selection.

Melissa Benn, the Chair of the campaign group “Comprehensive Future”, has a new book out called “Life Lessons”, presenting a case for a National Education Service (NES). Benn is…

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