Leighton Andrews AM to give a talk at Swansea University on 29 September.

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Leighton Andrews AMOn Monday 29th September 2014, Leighton Andrews AM will give an inaugural talk at Swansea University as part of a series that will promote debate in education, offering the inside story on several key decisions and reforms made during his time as Education Minister (2009–2013).

After a reception to celebrate the launch of his new book, Ministering to Education – the first by a former Welsh Government Minister since the creation of the National Assembly in 1999 – the talk will consider, following Michael Gove’s departure as Westminster Education Secretary, whether Wales or England has fared better.

Twice named Welsh Politician of the Year during his time as Education Minister (2009–2013), Leighton has been described as “irresponsible and mistaken” by Michael Gove and “the best Education Minister in the UK” by Alistair Campbell.

From the failure to follow through on Richard Daugherty’s report after SATs were abolished to the decision to re-grade exam results when English Language GCSE exams came under fire in 2012 (with information on Ofqual’s comments on Wales, never before made public), the free lecture will consider the effect such decisions have had in setting the education systems of England and Wales on diverging paths, and comment on the complex challenges that still lie ahead to make the Welsh education system as good as any in the world.  With Q&A at the end.

Reception from 6pm, Wallace building foyer, Swansea University. Lecture from 6.30pm, Wallace Lecture Theatre.

Admission is free.  All welcome.

ParthianThis event, which is in association with Parthian Books, forms part of the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities 2014-2015 Public Lecture and Event Series.