Education is a huge issue which over the last few months has become increasingly important locally. With the rising need for more school places, the fight against academies and the recent teacher strikes, it is important that residents, parents and teachers get their say and are given a chance to understand the issues in more depth.

On Tuesday 7th October the National union of Teachers (NUT) will be holding an education based question time event in The Broadway Theatre, Barking. Admission is free but you will have to register for the event and book your ticket in advance here:

The event is being held to give local teachers, parents and the community in general a say on education. Parents, teachers, governors and any other residents with a keen interest in education are encouraged to attend.

Guest speakers will include: The General Secretary of the NUT, Christine Blower, Mike Gapes MP for Ilford South, Stephen Law who is a philosopher and author, the Executive Headteacher of Waltham Forest, Maureen Okoye and Professor Ken Jones from London Goldsmiths University.

There will be discussions on all the contentious issues of the day; the credibility of free schools and academies, the growing school places issue across the local area, and it will also explain from a detailed union perspective why teachers are striking.

Jon Cruddas MP commented: "I hope that this event is the first of many in the local area, it is important that we get people involved in issues that have a direct effect on the community such as the education of our young people.

"I hope that this event is well attended and that people will take a lot from it, I'd encourage anyone in the area with an interest in local education to go along and have their say."

Find out more on the promotional flier by clicking HERE