This House believes that selective state schools do more harm than good.
Kiri Tunks, who will propose the motion, is a teacher in a Tower Hamlets comprehensive school and Junior Vice-President of the National Union of Teachers. Toby Young, who will oppose it, is an Associate Editor of The Spectator.
Proposing the motion:
Kiri Tunks is head of Global Perspectives in a Tower Hamlets comprehensive school and has been teaching since 1993. She is currently Junior Vice-President of the National Union of teachers. She is critical of free schools, arguing that they detrimentally affect education for all.
Opposing the motion:
Toby Young is an author and currently an Associate Editor of the The Spectator. He was a lead proposer and founder of the West London Free School, the first free school to secure a funding arrangement with the government, and has controversially questioned the notion of ‘inclusion’ in state schools.
The debate is free and open to the public, but booking seats is advisable. The debate will start at 8pm: doors open at 7.30pm