Urban education in the land of the Trojan Horse: Lessons and Reflections

The Exchange: 3 Centenary Square Birmingham B1 2DR
Monday 20 June 2022 (18:00-19:00)

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Colin Diamond - The Birmingham Book

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You can also watch online via Zoom.

As part of the College of Social Sciences inaugural lecture series, join leading academic Professor Colin Diamond, who will explore his research into education in Birmingham schools.

In 2014 Birmingham’s education system was the centre of national attention following publication of the Trojan Horse letter which alleged a plot to 'Islamise' a number of schools with majorities of Muslim pupils.

The Trojan Horse affair divides the room. For some, it was a hoax that was profoundly damaging for the Muslim community with long-term consequences. For others, the Trojan Horse letter led to two investigations that exposed unacceptable practices which had destabilised schools in the city over many years. There is no single line narrative.

Drawing on his experience as a national leader of education and alongside his new publication, The Birmingham Book: Lessons in urban education leadership and policy from the Trojan Horse affair, Professor Diamond analyses what can be learnt from this difficult episode. He argues that the current English ‘one size fits all’ approach to school improvement  does not address the issues found in our inner-city schools. Leading and governing schools in multi-racial, multi-faith communities with high levels of socio-economic disadvantage requires specialist approaches to enable all pupils to succeed.

This event will be both available to attend in-person, and streamed online.

About Professor Colin Diamond

Colin Diamond

Colin Diamond is Professor of Education Leadership and Director of the Education Leadership Academy (ELA) at the University of Birmingham.

His research focuses on urban education leadership and governance. The ELA works with education leaders from Birmingham, the West Midlands and internationally.

Before joining the University, Colin Diamond worked in schools, local authorities, regional and national government. His career began in inner-London secondary schools, specialising in creating inclusive environments for all learners. As director of children’s services he led the integration of education, social care and health provision with outcomes judged ‘outstanding’. At the Department for Education he led the education advisers team and contributed to academy and free school policy.

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