Chris Beverley has welcomed the news that an education conference is taking place in Yorkshire regarding the need to make sure that education policies are based on research evidence of what works in the classroom.
Dr Mary Bousted, General Secretary of the teachers’ union, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), is due to address the conference at York University tomorrow (Thursday 20 March), and Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Tristram Hunt, will speak at the conference on Friday.
In addition, Professor Peter Tymms, Director of iPIPS (an international study on primary school children) in the School of Education, Durham University will outline the best way to use the findings from the increasing number of randomised controlled trials in education.
Chris said; “the education of our young people is of paramount importance to the future of our country and there needs to be far more done to ensure that teaching methods are evidence-based and proven to provide the best outcomes for our young people.
“Political dogma should not play any role whatsoever in our education system and the way to ensure that it does not is to make sure that education policy is evidence-led.”
Prospective English Democrats candidate Chris Beverley has backed calls for the remains of King Richard III to be reinterred in York Minster.
King Richard’s battle-scarred bones were discovered in Leicester under a council car park and it is currently planned or them to be reinterred in Leicester cathedral.
The matter was taken to court earlier this month by the Plantagenet Alliance Ltd, a group which is composed of distant relatives of the King, who want the remains to be buried at York Minster, claiming that was King Richard’s wish.
Chris said: “I would like to see King Richard’s remains buried at York Minster but whatever the eventual outcome, I believe that a wide-ranging consultation should be undertaken before a final decision is made. This is an issue of significant historical importance for Yorkshire and England as a whole and it would be highly inappropriate and insensitive for King Richard’s remains to be reinterred in Leicester cathedral under these circumstances.”
Campaigners are now waiting for the judgement from London’s High Court to find out if their calls for a wider consultation have been successful.
Prospective English Democrats European Election candidate for Yorkshire and the Humber, Chris Beverley, has welcomed the support given to the principle of English Independence by distinguished English academic Roger Scruton.
Mr Scruton appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘A Point of View’ on 21 February 2014, to outline his views on the issues affecting England in light of the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence and the constitutional questions which arise from this.
Chris said: “The support voiced for the cause of English Independence by Roger Scruton is most welcome and comes at a time when an increasing number of people are demanding a say in the future makeup of the UK. As Mr Scruton pointed out, the English have never been given a say on the question of Scottish Independence – it is as though the opinions of people in England count for nothing.
This contribution by Roger Scruton has lent significant intellectual weight to the cause of English Independence and this can only help those campaigning for fairness for England and English self-determination.”
Listen to the full piece by Roger Scruton here: