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QVinE: The Purpose and Values of Education in England

Written evidence submitted to the Education Select Committee Inquiry : The Purpose and Value of Education in England.

The submission is by the Quaker Values in Education Group, a listed informal group of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain. The committee will have received a further submission from the Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain, the umbrella body which represents all Quakers in Britain.

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Wait until Wednesday

In November last year, I gave ministry at my Local Meeting and talked of how I had, at the time, been overwhelmed in my work. I work in schools and local education services, providing coaching and training to teachers, school leaders and support staff. My background is as a teacher – initially in the secondary sector – but I spent most of my professional career in specialist provision and services, particularly regarding students excluded from school or at risk of custody. For the past decade or so I have been working independently on themes such as the relational aspects of teaching and learning, values-based leadership and developing school culture.

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