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GSEF Talk - ‘“The best lack all conviction…”: A Personal Tour of the British Educational Landscape in 2012’

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Dr Spence offers a view of the changing face of British state and independent education from his perspective as the Headmaster of a leading independent school and a governor and sponsor of one the Britain’s biggest Academies. He will address the question “What makes a good School?” by offering observations on state-independent school partnerships, the search for the perfect curriculum and the impact of international factors on British education.



Dr. Joseph Spence has been Master of Dulwich College since 2009. He was Headmaster of Oakham School from 2002, having previously taught history and politics at Eton College where he was Master in College (housemaster to the King’s Scholars) from 1992-2002. He was educated at the Salesian College, Battersea, and at the universities of Reading and London. He serves on the governing bodies of St John’s College School, Cambridge, Windlesham House School, The Dragon School, Oxford and the Isle of Sheppey Academy, of which Dulwich College is the lead sponsor. He is a Trustee of the Dulwich Picture Gallery and of the Demarco Archive Trust. He is also an historian of 19th-20th century Ireland and a playwright and librettist.



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